Doctoral degree regulations
for the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)

23 March 2016 / 27 April 2016

The Board of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) approved the doctoral degree regulations for the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) as per section 108, paragraph 1, clause 3 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (HmbHG) on 15 June 2016. The regulations were decided by the TUHH Academic Senate on 23 March 2016 and 27 April 2017 pursuant to section 85, paragraph 1, number 1 in conjunction with section 70, paragraph 6 HmbHG of 18 July 2001 (HmbGVbl., p. 171) in the version dated 19 June 2015 (HmbGVbl., p. 121).

1. Right to award doctoral degrees

  1. The Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) awards the following academic degrees on the basis of these regulations:
  2. The doctoral degree is awarded on the basis of an academic treatise (doctoral thesis) and a public defence followed by an oral examination. A doctoral degree by publication based on separate pieces of work that have been published is not possible at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH).
  3. The Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) also awards the following academic degrees, the details of which are governed by the provisions in section 17:

2. Doctoral Board

  1. The Doctoral Board is a permanent board of the Academic Senate. It decides, in consultation with the school of study in the relevant field, whether a doctoral candidate has met the prerequisites for admission to doctoral studies. The Doctoral Board also decides on the application to commence the doctoral examination process (section 5), the selection of supervisor (section 6), the chair of the examination committee (section 12), and, in consultation with the school of study in the relevant field, the selection of reviewers (sections 8, 9) and examiners (section 12). It ensures that the doctoral examination process is conducted properly and in a timely manner.
  2. The Doctoral Board is composed of four professors and two academic staff members with doctoral degrees.
  3. The members of the Doctoral Board are elected by the Academic Senate from members of the Hamburg University of Technology for a two-year term. In the election, the Academic Senate shall ensure that the breadth of subjects covered by the schools of study is taken into account. The Academic Senate shall appoint the chair from the members of the Doctoral Board who are professors.

3. Admission requirements for Dr.-Ing., Dr. rer. nat. and Dr. rer. pol.

  1. A prerequisite for admission to doctoral studies is the successful completion of a relevant Master’s level degree (Diplom, Master or Staatsexamen) at a German university. The doctoral candidate must prove his or her ability to independently conduct in-depth academic work. This is evidenced with a degree certificate (Diplom, Master, Staatsexamen), which in general must have an overall mark that is substantially above average.
  2. The degree Dr.-Ing. can be awarded if the doctoral thesis relates to engineering and the candidate has in-depth academic knowledge of the subject of the doctoral thesis.
  3. The degree Dr. rer. nat. can be awarded if the doctoral thesis relates to natural sciences and the candidate has in-depth academic knowledge of the subject of the doctoral thesis.
  4. The degree Dr. rer. pol. can be awarded if the doctoral thesis relates to economics or social sciences and the candidate has in-depth academic knowledge of the subject of the doctoral thesis.
  5. Where the required in-depth academic knowledge of the subject of the doctoral thesis as set out in paragraphs 2 to 4 is not already evidenced with a high-class relevant degree as per paragraph 1, clause 2, because the subject of the doctoral thesis deviates from the subject of the candidate’s degree, the Doctoral Board can request evidence from the candidate that she or he also has comprehensive additional knowledge of the subject of the doctoral thesis. The Doctoral Board can also request additional assessments for this.
  6. Graduates of universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) with a good degree can be admitted to doctoral studies if the Doctoral Board establishes that the candidate has in-depth engineering, natural sciences, economic or social sciences knowledge in the subject he or she studied, and in the subject of the doctoral thesis if this differs from the subject studied. To establish in-depth knowledge of the subject studied, the Doctoral Board can request assessments, appointing the examiners, consisting of three to six examinations from Bachelor’s programmes and one to three examinations from Master’s programmes at the Hamburg University of Technology. The examinations must fall within study programmes at the Hamburg University of Technology that are most closely related to studies completed by the candidate at the university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule). All examinations must be completed and passed within a year; the weighted overall mark from these examinations must be “good” or better. Each examination may be repeated once if the candidate does not pass it. If the subject of the doctoral thesis differs from the subject studied, the procedure outlined in paragraph 5 shall also be followed.
  7. Doctoral candidates who have successfully completed academic study at a foreign university can be admitted to doctoral studies if the completed studies are equivalent to a German academic degree and the candidate’s ability to independently conduct in-depth academic work is evident. A Master’s programme abroad should encompass regular study over a period of two years. In addition to the candidate’s degree certificates, relevant equivalence agreements and recommendations approved by the Conference of Federal Ministers of Education and the Conference of University Rectors, where applicable and available, are decisive when establishing the equivalence and recognising study time and performance at foreign universities. Where there is an unconditional positive recommendation from the Central Office for Foreign Education (“Zentralstelle für Ausländisches Bildungswesen”), the Doctoral Board generally admits the candidate. Otherwise, the Doctoral Board can request additional examinations to establish equivalence. Here, the following applies:

4. Admission to doctoral studies

  1. The doctoral candidate shall obtain a decision regarding whether he or she fulfils the prerequisites for admission to doctoral studies (application for admission to doctoral studies). This decision should be reached before the candidate’s doctoral studies begin. The decision and potential additional conditions are to be sent to the candidate in writing.
  2. The application for admission to doctoral studies is to be submitted in writing to the chair of the Doctoral Board. It should be made at least two years, and in the case of external doctoral studies, at least three years before the application to commence the doctoral examination process. The following documents and statements should be enclosed with the application:
  3. The application must be rejected if

5. Commencement of the doctoral examination process

  1. The doctoral examination process serves to establish whether the doctoral candidate can be awarded one of the doctoral degrees outlined in section 1, paragraph 1.
  2. The doctoral thesis serves as evidence of the candidate’s ability to independently conduct in-depth academic work. It must contribute to furthering academic knowledge. Parts of the doctoral thesis are expected to have been published in advance.
  3. Commencement of the doctoral examination process can be requested, at the earliest, when the doctoral thesis is ready for submission. The request is made in writing to the chair of the Doctoral Board by the candidate. The following should be included with the request:
    1. Six bound printed copies of the doctoral thesis with a cover sheet, the layout of which is stipulated by the Doctoral Board, and a short curriculum vitae at the end of the doctoral thesis with a summary of the content of the thesis. These copies of the doctoral thesis may not include acknowledgements. The doctoral thesis must be written in German or English.
    2. A written statement from the supervisor that the doctoral thesis is ready for submission,
    3. A statement regarding which doctoral degree is provisionally being pursued,
    4. A sworn statement on a form as required by the Doctoral Board (“Eidesstattliche Erklärung (PDF)”) that
    5. Information regarding previous publications of parts of the doctoral thesis. Titles, authors, publishing body and year should be provided on a separate sheet of paper. If there are no publications to report, this should also be stated.
    6. A separate summary of the doctoral thesis (max 1 A4 page).
    7. An additional abstract for library purposes of roughly 5 lines in German and English.
    The application to commence the doctoral examination process and the additional documents to be enclosed are to be sent to the chair of the Doctoral Board.
  4. The doctoral examination process commences following the Doctoral Board’s decision that the candidate was admitted to the doctoral process as per section 4 and the documents and statements to be included with the request as per paragraph 2 are submitted in full and in order.
  5. After the doctoral examination process has commenced, all professors and academics holding a postdoctoral ‘habilitation’ qualification at the school of study in the relevant field shall be informed that the doctoral thesis has been submitted. This can occur via circular letter with the doctoral thesis attached.
  6. While there is no review of the doctoral thesis, the candidate may withdraw from the doctoral examination process by submitting a written request to do so. In this instance, the doctoral examination process will not have been failed.

6. Supervision of the doctoral thesis

  1. All professors and academics with a postdoctoral ‘habilitation’ qualification are allowed to supervise
  2. In the case of section 70, paragraph 7 HmbHG (doctoral degrees in collaboration with the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences), a professor or academic with a postdoctoral ‘habilitation’ qualification, whose primary employment is at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences shall participate in the supervision in addition to a supervisor as per paragraph 1. The same applies for other universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschule).
  3. If the supervisor withdraws after the doctoral examination process has commenced, the Doctoral Board shall make efforts, at the request of the candidate, to secure further supervision of the doctoral thesis.

7. Joint doctoral examination process with foreign universities

  1. In order to foster international cooperation, the TUHH may carry out a joint doctoral examination process with foreign universities or comparable educational institutions that have the right to award doctoral degrees.
  2. The scope of the joint doctoral examination process should be established for each individual case in a contractual agreement with the foreign university or the responsible body according to local law. Provisions in the contractual agreement may deviate from the regulations in the present document where academic quality and the objective establishment thereof are not impaired and the changes are considered unavoidable owing to different regulations at the foreign university or comparable educational institution. The Academic Senate must approve the contractual agreement.
  3. The documents pertaining to the doctoral degree are kept at the university or comparable educational institution where the oral examination is to take place; the other university or comparable educational institution receives copies.
  4. After successful completion of the doctoral examination process, the doctoral certificate is printed in German and English, as well as a valid official language agreed with the cooperating university, and signed and stamped by both universities or comparable educational institutions with reference made to the joint doctoral process.

8. Reviewers

  1. The doctoral thesis is to be reviewed by the supervisor and at least one other professor or academic with a postdoctoral ‘habilitation’ qualification. Other academics may also be reviewers if they have a doctoral degree and suitable reviewers as per the first sentence cannot be found for this task. At least one reviewer must have their main occupation at the Hamburg University of Technology or be primarily employed at external research institutes if he or she is appointed as a professor at the Hamburg University of Technology.
  2. Each reviewer must be particularly well versed in the subject area of the doctoral degree. For professors, this can be assumed if the subject of the doctoral degree is in the area of their department. Additionally, at least one reviewer should have acquired the same doctoral degree that the candidate is pursuing or have a degree in the same subject as the doctoral degree being pursued.

9. Appointment of reviewers

  1. After the commencement of the doctoral examination process has been requested, the supervisor shall promptly submit a proposal for reviewer selection to the head of the school of study in the relevant field. The proposal shall include a copy of the doctoral thesis or a summary of its content. He/she will explain the reasoning behind the suggested reviewers and state whether, in his/her view, the doctoral thesis is of an engineering, natural sciences or economics and social sciences nature.
  2. The school of study board for the school of study in the relevant field will then make an official proposal for the named reviewers and submit this to the Doctoral Board. In general, the reviewers should not be part of the same institute or working group. This particularly applies where the supervisor is a reviewer. The school of study board may collect the assessment of spokespeople from research project groups in order to prepare for its decision. The school of study board is bound neither to the supervisor’s proposal nor to the collected assessments from spokespeople for research project groups when deciding which reviewers to propose.
  3. The Doctoral Board appoints the reviewers on the basis of the proposal from the school of study board entrusted with the matter. If the Doctoral Board does not agree to a proposed reviewer, the school of study board shall make a new proposal for a reviewer, taking into account any relevant information supplied by the Doctoral Board. If there are concerns regarding the new proposal, the doctoral board can appoint the reviewers without a further proposal from the school of study board.
  4. The Doctoral Board shall inform the doctoral candidate of the reviewers’ names.

10. Review procedure

  1. The reviewers have the right to request further information from the candidate via the Doctoral Board in order to check the results contained in the doctoral thesis.
  2. The reviews are to be submitted to the Doctoral Board by the reviewers within three months of receiving the doctoral thesis. If a reviewer does not submit his or her review within this period, the chair of the Doctoral Board can appoint a new reviewer in agreement with the school of study in the relevant field; section 9, paragraph 2 applies correspondingly.
  3. The review must state conclusively which doctoral degree (as per section 1, paragraph 1) is to be awarded. The Doctoral Board decides the degree to be awarded.
  4. By unanimous proposal of the reviewers, the doctoral thesis can be returned to the candidate by the Doctoral Board for revision. Changes requested as part of the revision must relate to clearly defined, precisely formulated items or queries, and should not lead to a substantial change in the work. Following revision, the doctoral thesis is to be evaluated again. The new reviews may not include further requests for alterations.

11. Evaluation and acceptance of the doctoral thesis

  1. The reviewers return a justified verdict on the doctoral thesis in writing. This shall be summarised with one of the following marks:
  2. If the marks are “satisfactory” or better, the doctoral thesis is accepted. If the marks in the reviews differ by two or more marks, or if a reviewer has marked the doctoral thesis as “unsatisfactory”, the Doctoral Board shall seek to clarify this. If the difference cannot be eliminated or the difference in marks cannot be reduced to less than two, the Doctoral Board shall obtain at least one further review, which is to be included in the overall evaluation of the work if said review returns a mark of “satisfactory” or better. If the additional review, or one of the additional reviews, also returns a mark of “unsatisfactory”, the doctoral thesis shall be rejected and the candidate will have failed the examination. The chair of the Doctoral Board shall inform the candidate of this official decision in writing.
  3. The mark “outstanding” may only be awarded by the reviewers if the work represents excellent performance that definitively furthers academic knowledge.
  4. The overall mark “outstanding” can only be awarded for the doctoral degree in accordance with section 14, paragraph 1, clause 2.
  5. After the reviews have been accepted by the Doctoral Board, the doctoral thesis is to be presented in a public location in the university for two weeks so that members of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) may view it. The Doctoral Board shall publicly announce the location. It shall also announce the exact dates during which the doctoral thesis will be displayed. During this period, professors and academics with a postdoctoral ‘habilitation’ qualification at the Hamburg University of Technology may also view the reviews, if previously requested in writing. Professors and academics with a postdoctoral ‘habilitation’ qualification at the Hamburg University of Technology can give their opinion on the doctoral thesis, the reviews, or on both, to the Doctoral Board within the presentation period outlined in sentences 1 and 2. The opinion should be in writing, and, if not posted, at least sent electronically (email or fax).
  6. Upon conclusion of the doctoral examination process, the Doctoral Board guarantees the candidate the possibility of viewing the reviews if requested in writing; names and addresses of the reviewers are not shared unless the candidate asserts an unavoidable legal interest for this.

12. Examination board

  1. The Doctoral Board appoints an examination board for each doctoral degree. At least two of the reviewers must be on the examination board. Additionally, up to three professors or academics with postdoctoral ‘habilitation’ qualifications in subject areas closely related to the doctoral thesis can be appointed. The Doctoral Board can also appoint individuals with a doctoral degree who are not members of the Hamburg University of Technology, as examiners. In the case of doctoral degrees in collaboration with the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences as per section 70, paragraph 7 HmbHG, a professor or academic with a postdoctoral ‘habilitation’ qualification whose primary employment is at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences shall also be appointed to the examination board. An examiner must have his or her primary place of employment at the Hamburg University of Technology.
  2. The candidate can propose up to two examiners to be appointed to the examination board as per paragraph 1.
  3. The chair of the examination board is appointed by the Doctoral Board from the professors of the Hamburg University of Technology that have been appointed to the examination board as per paragraph 1.. She or he shall receive a copy of the doctoral thesis as well as the reviews and shall inform the chair of the Doctoral Board within one month regarding the acceptance of, and mark for, the doctoral thesis and will justify differing statements. Where his or her opinion of the doctoral thesis differs significantly from the reviews, the Doctoral Board should clarify this before the doctoral examination process is continued.
  4. The examination board conducts the oral examination (section 13), evaluates the doctoral thesis and the oral examination on the basis of recommendations made by the reviewers and by taking into consideration any other statements as per section 10, paragraph 3 as well as the opinion of the chair of the examination board (section 12, paragraph 3), and establishes the overall mark (section 14, paragraph 1).
  5. If the doctoral thesis was evaluated by at least one reviewer as “outstanding”, a member of the Doctoral Board, who is a professor or academic with a postdoctoral ‘habilitation’ qualification, shall be appointed to the examination board. Alongside the other examiners, he or she shall particularly assure that the overall mark “outstanding” is only awarded if the prerequisites for this as set out in section 14, paragraph 1, clause 3 are met unequivocally.

13. Oral examination

  1. Following acceptance of the doctoral thesis, the candidate and the examiners are invited to the oral examination in writing by the chair of the examination board.
  2. The oral examination shall take place six weeks after acceptance of the doctoral thesis at the latest, and where possible, during the semester teaching period. It will be chaired by the chair of the examination board. The date for the oral examination shall be set by the chair following consultation with the candidate.
  3. If the examination board is not fully present for the oral examination, the examination must be postponed to another date.
  4. If the candidate fails to attend the oral examination, this will be considered a fail with the legal consequence of section 14, paragraph 3, if the candidate does not explain his or her absence adequately; otherwise, the chair of the examination board shall establish a new date as soon as possible.
  5. The oral examination begins with an approximately half-hour presentation by the candidate on the aim, approaches and results of the doctoral thesis; this is followed by a discussion lasting a maximum of 30 minutes. The presentation and the discussion are open to internal university members.
  6. Following the presentation and discussion as per paragraph 5, the oral examination is continued for approximately one hour with the aim of reviewing the academic qualification of the candidate in the area of the doctoral thesis and closely related fields. A report of the oral examination is to be completed, which is to be signed by all members of the examination board.

14. Examination results

  1. Immediately after completion of the oral examination, the examination board decides the result of the examination in a meeting which is not open to the public and establishes the marks for the oral examination and the doctoral thesis, as well as the overall mark on the basis of the mark scheme outlined in section 11, paragraph 1. The overall mark “outstanding” can only be awarded by unanimous decision of the examination board if the candidate’s outstanding performance includes additional special contributions. This generally requires a substantial contribution by the candidate to two peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals or to two peer-reviewed proceedings at prominent international academic conferences.
  2. The chair of the examination board shall inform the candidate of the result immediately, and without the public present.
  3. If the performance in the oral examination is not evaluated to be at least “satisfactory”, the doctoral degree cannot be completed. The oral examination can be repeated once, at the earliest after three months have elapsed, and at the latest after one year has elapsed. If the repeat oral examination is also evaluated to be “unsatisfactory”, the candidate has failed. Once the failure of the doctoral degree has taken administrative or legal effect, the doctoral examination process is concluded.

15. Publication of the doctoral thesis

  1. The doctoral thesis is to be published within a year of the oral examination. Before this, the candidate must submit the publication-ready manuscript to a reviewer together with the reviewed doctoral thesis, taking into account any editing requirements, for confirmation of identity. The reviewer shall submit his or her opinion to the chair of the Doctoral Board. If there is a compelling reason why the doctoral thesis cannot be published within the established time, the chair can extend the deadline where a justified request is made before the deadline. If the candidate fails to meet this deadline through his or her own fault, he or she shall lose his or her doctoral degree rights.
  2. The doctoral thesis is to be made available to the public in an appropriate manner. This is the case if the candidate has submitted
    1. one copy for the examination records and
    2. ten copies for the relevant institute or working group at the Hamburg University of Technology and
    3. additionally provided the following to the university library free-of-charge: either
      1. 40 copies in printed or photocopied form for the purpose of distribution, or
      2. three copies, if the work has been published in a journal, or
      3. three copies, if a commercial publisher agrees to carry out the distribution and a minimum edition of 150 copies is agreed upon or a five-year availability is guaranteed, or
      4. four copies if an electronic publication is submitted to the Hamburg University of Technology’s document server.
    The Doctoral Board shall establish the required technical information for publication on the Hamburg University of Technology’s document server as per paragraph 2, clause 1 (c) (4), in particular, the format and the URL to which the doctoral thesis must be sent. This information will be supplied in a suitable manner.
  3. All copies of the doctoral thesis provided as per paragraph 2 must be bound and include a cover page in addition to a back page, whose design is established by the Doctoral Board. In contrast to section 5, paragraph 2, number 1, copies of the doctoral thesis supplied as per paragraph 2 may contain acknowledgements in the languages that the doctoral thesis is written in. Acknowledgements of a religious nature are not permitted. The title of the doctoral thesis may not be changed when published as per paragraph 2.
  4. Upon request, the Doctoral Board may agree that a version of the doctoral thesis that differs from the original (e.g. shortened for publication) is published if the reviewers confirm that this version contains the significant content of the doctoral thesis. The doctoral thesis can also be published in several consecutive parts.

16. Awarding the doctoral degree

  1. If the requirements as per section 15, paragraph 1, clause 2 are met, the candidate receives the doctoral certificate. The doctoral examination process is completed when the certificate is awarded.
  2. The certificate contains the title of the doctoral thesis and the overall mark as per section 14, paragraph 1, clause 1.
    The certificate shall bear, irrespective of agreements or regulations in the case of joint doctoral degrees with foreign universities or the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, the signatures of the chair of the Hamburg University of Technology and the chair of the Doctoral Board, the seal of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and the date on which the oral examination was successfully completed. Apart from that, the design of the certificate will be determined by the Doctoral Board.
  3. On receipt of the certificate, the candidate has the right to use the doctoral title “Doktor-Ingenieurin” or “Doktor-Ingenieur” (Dr.-Ing. - Doctor of Engineering); “Doktorin der Naturwissenschaften” or “Doktor der Naturwissenschaften” (Dr. rer. nat. - Doctor of Natural Sciences) or „Doktorin der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften“ or “Doktor der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften” (Dr. rer. pol. - Doctor of Economics and Social Sciences).
    Until receipt of the certificate, it is not permitted to use the doctoral title, even with the supplementary information that the degree has yet to be acquired.

17. Doctoral degree supplement

On successful conclusion of their doctoral project, candidates can request that a doctoral degree supplement be issued to them by the Graduate Academy for Technology and Innovation at the Hamburg University of Technology in addition to the doctoral certificate from the Doctoral Board. The acquisition of a doctoral degree supplement requires that the candidate has made use of opportunities offered by the Graduate Academy to transfer and develop key academic and career skills, as well as in individual career planning, to the minimum recommended by the Graduate Academy at the time of his or her application for admission to doctoral studies. The doctoral degree supplement is issued and signed by the academic head of the Graduate Academy, and is awarded at the earliest with the doctoral certificate.

18. Honorary doctoral degrees

  1. At the proposal of a school of study board or the general meeting of a research project group, individuals who have contributed outstandingly to engineering, natural sciences or economics and social sciences, can be awarded the following rare academic degrees: ”Doktor-Ingenieurin Ehren halber” or “Doktor-Ingenieur Ehren halber” (Dr.-Ing. E.h. - Honorary Doctor of Engineering.), “Doktorin der Naturwissenschaften Ehren halber” or “Doktor der Naturwissenschaften Ehren halber” (Dr. rer. nat. h.c. - Honorary Doctor of Natural Sciences.) or “Doktorin der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften Ehren halber” or “Doktor der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften Ehren halber” (Dr. rer. pol. h.c. - Honorary Doctor of Economics and Social Sciences.)
  2. The proposal is to be submitted with an explanatory statement to the Academic Senate. The Senate shall then appoint a committee consisting of at least three professors at the Hamburg University of Technology. One of these professors must be a member of the Academic Senate.
  3. The committee shall review the explanatory statement submitted by the proposing school of study board or the proposing general meeting of a research project group and prepare an opinion. To that end, the committee may request additional documents. If the committee recommends an honorary doctoral degree, it shall also compile the laudatory remarks.
  4. On the basis of the opinion mentioned in paragraph 3, the Academic Senate shall decide whether to award the honorary doctoral degree and the laudatory remarks.
  5. The chair shall present the certificate, including the laudatory remarks, to the person receiving the honorary doctoral degree. This presentation should occur in the context of a suitable event.

19. Revocation of a doctoral degree

  1. If it is established after the conclusion of the doctoral examination process that the doctoral degree was acquired via deception or other illegal means, the Doctoral Board shall declare the unworthiness of the doctoral degree holder. The doctoral degree shall then be revoked and the holder may no longer use the degree or title. Deception or illegal acquisition also includes cases where the doctoral degree was acquired via third parties, where there was plagiarism, where academic results were falsified or where there was a significant infringement of the rules of good academic practice by some other means when acquiring the doctoral degree.
  2. Beyond the prerequisites in paragraph 1, the Academic Senate of the Hamburg University of Technology can also revoke an honorary degree as per section 18 at the request of the chair if the person who was awarded the doctoral degree by the Hamburg University of Technology proves to be unfit on the basis of his or her later conduct, or where the degree was awarded by the Hamburg University of Technology in irreproachable ignorance of the unworthiness of the candidate. A two-thirds majority from the Academic Senate is required for the revocation.
  3. The decision regarding revocation shall be reported to the schools of study of the Hamburg University of Technology and the other universities in the Federal Republic of Germany. 20. Procedural shortcomings Purely procedural shortcomings in the doctoral examination process can be remedied by a decision by the Doctoral Board; the Doctoral Board shall establish in this decision that the procedural shortcomings had no material effect on the result of the examination.

21. Review of the doctoral examination process

At the request of a person involved in the process, or the candidate, the Doctoral Board is obliged to review the doctoral examination process. The request must be made, at the latest, within three months of completion of the process. The review is to be initiated without delay. If the Doctoral Board cannot remedy the objection, it shall submit the objection to the Academic Senate.

22. Date of effectiveness and transition regulations

These doctoral degree regulations come into effect following publication in Hamburg’s official bulletin (“Amtlicher Anzeiger”). They shall apply for the first time for doctoral candidates who make their application for admission to doctoral studies or commencement of the doctoral examination process after these regulations have come into effect. For all other candidates, the provisions of the previous doctoral degree regulations continue to apply.

Hamburg, 15 June 2016

Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)

Amtlicher Anzeiger, No. 65, p. 1407, dated 16.08.2016