Final Phase of Your Doctoral Studies


Your doctoral studies finish when your dissertation or thesis is published and you are awarded your doctorate. Prior to this, you will take an oral examination, also known as the defense or viva voce.

The CDS offers special seminars for the final phase of your doctoral studies, for example on:

  •     Preparation for the oral examination
  •     Voice training
  •     Stress management
  •     Final doctoral phase
  •     Career planning
  •     Application training

The University Library will be happy to advise you on questions concerning the publication of your doctoral thesis.

As proof of all the work you have done during your doctoral phase, you can receive the doctorate supplement in addition to the doctoral certificate.

You should think about planning the next career step after your doctorate early on. Take advantage of the opportunity for a guidance meeting at the Career Advising for Researchers.

If you leave RWTH after your doctoral studies and would like to stay in contact with the University and other alumni, become an alumnus and use the networks available!