Provisional admission to doctoral degree programmes

The doctoral degree procedure can be accelerated by way of provisional admission to a doctoral degree programme.
You can apply for provisional admission if you have gained admission to a practical year or you have passed the second part of the state medical examination in accordance with the new AO and you have fulfilled all other admission requirements (see Doctoral Candidate’s Information Sheet). This rule also applies to dentistry students, who must provide evidence that they are currently in their last year of study when applying.

The dissertation assessment procedure is initiated on provisional admission, but the oral examination can only be taken after passing the final examination (or state examination in the case of dentistry). Provisional admission expires if the applicant obtains permanent admission or does not pass the second part of the state examination in medicine (or dental medicine); on the day that it is ascertained that the second part of the state examination in medicine (or dental medicine) has not been passed, or at the latest 2 years after provisional admission is awarded.

In accordance with the new AO, the following rule applies: provisional admission expires if replaced by permanent admission or if the applicant does not pass the third part of the state examination in medicine (or dental medicine); on the day that it is ascertained that the third part of the state examination in medicine (or dental medicine) has not been passed, or at the latest 2 years after provisional admission is awarded.