Doctoral and Habilitation processes

Doctoral and Habilitation Processes

The numbers of doctorates earned and habilitation processes undergone are key indicators for the research activities a scientific institution performs and also have a bearing on the successful promotion of junior researchers. The professors and lecturers at the Department of Veterinary Medicine successfully supervise continuing high numbers of doctoral students (see Table 3). Starting with about 150 degrees awarded each year, about 60 to 80% of graduates go on to doctoral studies. These numbers also serve as an indicator of the high level of interest that students show in doing veterinary research in the academic and scientific hotspot of Berlin.

Academic Year 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08
Number 101 125 105 91 96 99 103 85
Female as
69 % 62 % 70 % 60 % 73 % 68 % 74 % 78 %
Table 3: Doctorates awarded at the Department of Veterinary Medicine (2000 – 2008)

Over the past eight years, 28 junior scientists completed a habilitation within the Department of Veterinary Medicine (2000: 5; 2001: 4; 2002: 6; 2003: 2; 2004: 4; 2005: 4; 2006: 2; 2008: 1).


Postgraduate Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences

One of currently 15 postgraduate programs within Dahlem Research School of Freie Universität Berlin, the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy and the Department of Veterinary Medicine have been offering a combined three-years Ph.D. program in the Field of Biomedical Sciences since 2008. The program focuses on basic and applied research topics in all aspects of the life sciences that are represented by the scientists of the two Departments. Successful completion will result in the conferral of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) by the Veterinary Medical Department or the Doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.) by the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, both combined with the DRS certificate.