The Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences awards doctoral degrees in Agricultural Science (Dr. sc. agr.) and Nutritional Science (Dr. oec. troph).

Please note that the official language here is German. Any English translations of forms and documents if available are for informational purposes only; the original German versions are legally binding.


Acceptance as doctoral candidate:

In order to start  your doctorate at the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, the Faculty has to accept you officially. The requirements for an acceptance are regulated in the Principles for Doctoral Degree Regulations and in the Doctoral Degree Regulations.

Hence, you need to agree with a professor on supervision by signing an supervising agreement. Please contact a professor of your field of research directly. The agreement document is available here or as an attachment on our doctoral degree regulations.

Please submit the following documents in one PDF-file as email to the dean's office,

  • the supervising agreement (to be filled in in block letters; illegible forms will be returned unprocessed)
  • a copy of your master’s degree (or comparable degree) including a transcript of records with all exam grades and the final grade.

We will then send you a link to the CAU's doctorate statistics with a request to register as a doctoral candidate there and

  • confirm the registration in the online portal for doctorate statistics, e.g. as a screenshot, PDF file or similar.

The documents for your application for a doctorate are now complete and will be evaluated. External candidates are accepted by the Convention. Please note the possible extensions of the evaluation period. You will then receive a letter of acceptance from the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences.


Admission to the doctoral examination procedure:

The doctorate concludes with the doctoral examination procedure. The procedure consists of the submission of the doctoral thesis and an oral exam, the defence of the doctoral dissertation (disputation). The doctoral degree regulations specify which requirements you must meet and which form the examination procedure takes. You find a short list of requirements for your admission according to the Doctoral Degree Regulations 2020 here. Please note, that these list is a service for your convenience. In case of differences to the doctoral degree regulations, the regulations are binding.

The next dates for submitting dissertations and registering for the doctoral examination procedure in winter term 2021/22 are not fixed yet.


Finishing your PhD:

The PhD process is finished after you have published your fit-to-print dissertation and received your doctoral degree certificate. For more details, please read the Doctoral Degree Regulations 2020. If you need an english version of this certificate, please let us know in advance according to § 28 sentence (3) of the Doctoral Degree Regulations.

Due to archive requirements, the library requires printed copies printed on durable, acid-free non-wood paper that is well-bound (no spiral binding, no staples, no metal rails, etc.).  Soft cover publication (i.e. cardboard cover with glued binding) is sufficient. Please also inform yourself also at the University Library.


Registration with the Graduate Center: Once you have been officially accepted as a doctoral candidate you can register with the Graduate Center in order to use its services. Please use the online registration portal for registering with the Center (and later for all your courses).

Matriculation: You have the possibility to matriculate as a doctoral student. Please consider the respective provision of the Hochschulgesetz of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein and the respective doctoral degree regulations. You can find copious information about deadlines for matriculation, matriculation fees and manner of payment on the pages of the Studierendenservice (Student Service) of the university. If you are not a German citizen different rules for matriculation apply. In this case please contact the International Center at Kiel University. On the following page you can read more information about Admission to doctoral studies.


Membership of Kiel University

As a doctoral candidate you are a member of Kiel University if you are an employee of the university, i.e. you have signed an employment contract, or if you are matriculated as a doctoral candidate. Please note that the registration of your doctoral project with the faculty or your registration with the Graduate Center does not establish membership.

Formally membership is defined by the Hochschulgesetz of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein and the Constitution of Kiel University.


Gestattungsvertrag (Licensing Agreement)

If you do research work as a doctoral candiate at Kiel University without an employment contract, e.g. in a laboratory or on one of the university farms, you have the possibility of concluding a Gestattungsvertrag (licensing agreement) with your supervisor in which the rights and duties of both parties can be specified.

You can find a model agreement here (German) and here (English). Please note that only the German version of such an agreement is legally binding. The model agreement can be modified to reflect the particular situation of the doctoral candidate. The institute in question, the faculty, represented by the dean's office, and the legal counsel of Kiel University, Ms. Daniela Geißler, must approve of the final agreement.

Module recommendations:

The master elective module AEF-agr804 "Biometric test planning and evaluation", read annually in the summer semester, can also be chosen by doctoral students and offers good support at the beginning of the doctorate. Aims and contents of the module: The students have advanced knowledge of multiple test problems as well as frequently used statistical models; they can understand the basic principles of sample size planning; they can plan, evaluate and analyze typical experiments and surveys from the field of agricultural and nutritional sciences. Contents of the module: Sample size planning, regression, variance, covariance analysis, multiple contrast tests, test facilities, introduction to mixed models, introduction to the statistical software R.

The English-language module AEF-em030: Statistical & mathematical tools, which doctoral students can also attend, is also helpful. Contents see here