The PhD procedure at the Department of Architecture

The KIT-Department of Architecture awards the academic degree of Dr.-Ing. in Architecture and Dr. phil. in Art History.

The new PhD regulations for the Department of Architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology for obtaining a doctorate in the degree program Architecture (Dr.-Ing.) and in the degree program Art History (Dr. phil.) were officially announced on 12.01.2017.

These regulations apply to agreements concluded prior to this:

Dates of the PhD committee

The PhD committee of the KIT-Department of Architecture meets three times a year on the following dates:

February 1, June 1 and October 1.

Applications for acceptance, renewed acceptance, extensions and openings can be made for these dates.

Contact: Claudia Iordache

Steps of the PhD procedure

Acceptance as a PhD student

Mandatory registration with the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

Requirements for registration at KHYS:

  • You have concluded a PhD agreement with your first supervisor.
  • You have a KIT account

To register in Docata

The client enters into a PhD agreement with the supervisor. The department receives a copy. The candidate then registers with KHYS via Docata. The certificate of registration must be enclosed with the application for acceptance.

The candidate submits an informal application to the Dean's Office with the necessary documents (see the PhD regulations). The PhD committee examines the application and the candidate receives an official letter of acceptance. Acceptance as a PhD candidate is initially for four years.

PhD procedure

When the PhD candidate has completed his/her dissertation, he/she submits three copies of it to the Dean's Office, together with a written application and the necessary documents (see the PhD regulations for these)..

Opening of the PhD examination procedure

Once all admission requirements have been met, the PhD procedure is initiated. The PhD student will be informed in writing and the supervisors will be asked for their opinion.

Oral examination

As soon as the reports are available, a date for the oral examination is set.

Publication of the PhD

According to the PhD regulations, the thesis must be published within one year after the oral examination. Only after submitting the deposit copies to the KIT library is the candidate entitled to hold and use the PhD degree.

Detailed information can be found in the PhD regulations.


Claudia Iordache
Building 20.40, Room 135
Englerstraße 7
76131 Karlsruhe