FAQ Promotion procedures

Promotion at the Charité

From the first of November 2017, PhD registration at the Charité is now possible as the new promotion regulations have come into power. Requirements are detailed at the website of the Charité promotion office (advanced track). In brief: next to the thesis, students need to gather 30 ECTS points by attending seminars, workshops, courses etc. The curriculum is divided into 4 different categories, the requirements for each of those can be found on the website of the promotion office. We keep you posted of new seminars, workshops, courses and conferences so please check our homepage regularly!

The new promotion rules are valid for all PhD students at the Charité. Other promotion trajectories (Dr.rer.nat.) within BIOQIC are for mathematics at the TU  and for chemistry at the FU. The aim should be for three publications; if possible, first-authorship is encouraged. However, BIOQIC’s unique characteristic is the cooperation between different fields of research and between different researchers. Therefore, co-authorships by students are also highly encouraged.

In order to start your promotion at the Charité, you have to register your promotion as soon as possible at the promotion office (Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Promotionsbüro, Augustenburger Platz 1) of the Charité. For this, you need to fill the registration form (https://promotion.charite.de/fileadmin/user_upload/microsites/sonstige/promotion/Neue_PO/Promotionsvereinbarung_eng_NEU_3-12-2012.pdf) together with your doctoral supervisor.

Fortunately, non-German EU and in some cases non-EU certificates don’t have to be recognized anymore by the ‘Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder in der BRD’ when they are listed in the ‘anabin’ database of foreign certificates (http://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html). Be aware, however, that you need to provide a print-out of the database with your promotion registration.

Once you are registered, you are officially entitled to start your research work. When you are registered, you can choose whether you matriculate as a PhD student at the Charité or not. It is not obligatory and you need to pay fees but there are several advantages such as a discount on the food in the mensa and a pass to use public transportation.


This process is dependent on whether you have studied before at the Charité or not and you can find the information and forms on the website below:


If you are from outside the EU, you need to show also your residence permit where it is stated that you are in Germany for the purpose of promotion (‘Aufenthaltstitel mit Promotionszweck’).

Please note: For those of you who would like to matriculate at the Charité and do not possess a German certificate: you need to hand in a translated version of your bachelor certificate, in addition to your master (this is not stated on the website)! This is the case even if you studied within the European Union.


Promotion at the TU

If your supervisor is working at the TU. In principle, the procedure is similar to that of the Charité but you will obtain a Dr. rer. nat. title. You have to register your promotion (http://www.naturwissenschaften.tu-berlin.de/fileadmin/f2/Forschung/Absicht_englisch.pdf)

You can find all information about the promotion procedure at the TU on their website: http://www.naturwissenschaften.tu-berlin.de/menue/research/doctoral_research/parameter/en/


Promotion at the FU

Dr. rer. nat. or PhD title is possible if your supervisor is working at the FU.



FAQ German language courses

Since our BIOQIC group is very international, some of you expressed your interest in taking German courses. Unfortunately, the Charité does not offer basic German courses, but there are several other possibilities and BIOQIC can reimburse the costs up to a maximum of 300 euros.

Please check out the following institutes if you are interested in taking German courses:


In walking distance of the Charité Campus Mitte:

Humboldt-Institut: http://www.humboldt-institut.org/deutschkurse-in/berlin-mitte/

Did-Institut: http://www.did.de/index.php5?id=berlin&L=1


As an employee of the Charité, you are registered as a HU employee and you can participate in their German courses offered by their language center. The prices are reasonable. Humboldt University: https://www.sprachenzentrum.hu-berlin.de/de

Other options you can find below. The VHS, Volkshochschule, is usually pretty cheap and is designed for people with different educational backgrounds.



FAQ Interview round

There is no guarantee that your preferred PhD project will be allocated to you. However, we seek to assign all successful candidates to their best matching project based on their qualifications, presentations and discussions with the PIs during the assessment days.

Yes. After commence of BIOQIC in April 2017, MD projects can be arranged with the BIOQIC PI’s.

FAQ Interview round

An assessment center is scheduled for February 20/21 2017 in Berlin at Charité Campus Mitte.

FAQ Funding

BIOQIC provides 15 PhD positions (TV-L 13, 65%). These are funded positions, meaning that accepted candidates receive funding by the Graduiertenkolleg. Furthermore, the BIOQIC program does not charge any tuition. However, candidates can also apply for the program if they already have funding, but seek to be accepted to the program.

FAQ Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for a PhD position if you have prior research experience documented by a finished dissertation (MD or Dr. med. with at least one first authorship or final grade Summa cum laude).