Doctorate at the Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture awards the academic degrees of Dr.-Ing. in the degree programme in architecture and Dr. phil. in the degree programme in art history.

The new doctoral regulations for the Department of Architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology for obtaining the doctoral degree in architecture (Dr.-Ing.) and in art history (Dr. phil.) were officially announced on 12.01.2017.

Doctoral Regulations (2017, german)
Doctoral Regulations (2017, non-official english translation)

The following applies to agreements concluded prior to this date:

Doctoral Regulations (2006)

Guidelines for the Doctorate at KIT

Dates of the doctoral committee

The doctoral committee of the Department of Architecture meets three times a year to discuss applications received.
Applications for acceptances, re-acceptances, extensions and openings are to be submitted by April 1 and October 1 respectively.

Contact: Nina Dürr


Procedure of the doctoral process

Acceptance as doctoral candidate

Compulsory registration at the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)

Requirements for the registration at the KHYS:

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

For registration in Docata

The candidate concludes a doctoral agreement with the supervisor. The department receives a copy. Afterwards the candidate registers at the KHYS via Docata. The registration certificate must be enclosed with the application for acceptance.

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

Doctoral procedure

When the doctoral candidate has completed his/her dissertation, he/she submits it in triplicate to the Dean's Office together with a written application and the required documents (see doctoral regulations).

Opening of the doctoral procedure

If all admission requirements are fulfilled, the doctoral procedure is opened. The doctoral candidate will be informed of this in writing and the referees will be asked for an expert opinion.

Oral examination

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

Publication of the dissertation

According to the doctoral regulations, the thesis must be published within one year after the oral examination. Only after submission of the deposit copies to the KIT library the candidate is entitled to use the doctoral title.

Detailed information can be found in the doctoral regulations.


Nina Dürr
Dean's Office
Building 20.40, Room 135
Englerstrasse 7
76131 Karlsruhe