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Examination and Registration

We recommend that all doctoral students consider changing to the doctoral regulations of 2020 and apply for this at the latest when registering for the exam (by e-mail to promotionsbuero-phil-fak(at) Please note that it is not possible to change regulations afterwards.

In particular, the certificate of completion of the doctorate issued immediately after passing the examination and the explicit possibility of applying for permission to temporarily use the doctor title before publishing the dissertation (cf. §18) close a gap in earlier doctoral regulations and offer you clear advantages in the course of completing your doctoral studies.

We recommend that you carefully review the new regulations before you apply for the change:
Doctoral Regulations 2020

If you have any further questions, the staff of the doctoral office will be happy to help you.


Please note:

  • Until further notice, applications for the examination procedure will only be made digitally (application for doctorate via a.r.t.e.s. access). 
    Please send the dissertation (a PDF file) and all documents (scans collected in another PDF file) first by mail to: promotionsbuero-phil-fak(at)

    Original documents as well as the required printed copies of the dissertation should also be sent by post:

    University of Cologne
    a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne
    50923 Cologne

Upon submission of your dissertation, you will be registered for the oral examination. Please note the registration deadlines as specified below. In order to register, you are required to submit a specific number of copies of the dissertation, depending on the requested form of the oral examination as well as a number of additional documents.

Application documents

Admission to the doctoral examination procedure: DEFENSIO

Admission to the doctoral examination procedure: DISPUTATIO

Examination Dates: Summer Semester 2020

Disputatio and Defensio

  • April 08, 2020 (Registration deadline: January 15, 2020)
  • May 13, 2020 (Registration deadline: February 19, 2020)
  • July 01, 2020 (Registration deadline: April 01, 2020 - extension of the registration deadline: April 15, 2020)


Examination dates: Winter Semester 2020/2021

Disputatio and Defensio

  • Examination day: November 04, .2020 (Registration deadline/submission of the dissertation: August 05, 2020)
  • Examination day: December 02, 2020 (Registration deadline/submission of the dissertation: September 02, 2020)
  • Examination day: January 27, 202 (Registration deadline/submission of the dissertation: October 14, 2020)

Graduation Ceremony

  • February 05, 2021, 6 p.m. (Aula 2, main building of the University of Cologne)