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To remain in the previous doctoral regulations or to change to the 2022 doctoral regulations

The request for recognition of course credit for doctoral studies in Managment according to the doctoral regulations 2022 can only be examined when the module handbooks have been finalised. This will be the case shortly. Request for recognition of course credit for doctoral studies in Economics or Social Sciences according to the doctoral regulations 2022 (marked as PO 2021) can be made at the Credit Transfer Center Login ( In Economics, you can have some of the courses credited in different areas. Enter the desired area in the application under comments.


Documents for Submitting a Dissertation

Please upload all documents (including the submission form) to Docfile. You can submit your application during office hours or send it by post. 

a) a bound copy of the dissertation 

b) The Doctoral certificates must be submitted in the original.  

You will be notified when the application has been reviewed and you will be admitted to the doctoral examination. A processing time of up to four weeks can be expected. You can therefore send your dissertation copies to your examiners in advance, stating that they will be sent with reservations as you have not yet been admitted to the examination.

After the oral defence, the dissertation must be published. The number of publications to be submitted to the exchange office of the University and City Library has been reduced:

26 copies for self-published works or

5 copies in the case of publication by a publisher 

(and 1 copy each to the members of the examination committee, or enquiry with the supervisor required, as the supervisor is entitled to 4 copies) or

2 copies for publication via KUPS

For cumulative dissertations it was determined that papers published or accepted for publication (in journals with an ISSN) may be replaced by a bibliographical reference.


For a short period in the third quarter 2023, time-critical publication processes will not be able to be processed by the Univversity and City Library of Cologne on time.

It will not be possible to create certificates during this period.


Overview of current doctoral courses