and by appointment
The Dissertations Department at the University Library collects all copies of doctoral theses written at Freie Universität Berlin that candidates are required to submit according to the regulations concerning doctoral graduation. These copies are either archived or exchanged with other institutions; the required number of copies is specified in the respective regulations.
Doctoral candidates are obliged to make their theses available to the wider academic community by providing such copies for circulation, a general principle laid down by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the federate states in the Federal Republic of Germany on 20 October 1997. Exchange of theses with the libraries of other universities is organised by the Dissertations Department.
The relevant and applicable regulations concerning the materials that candidates are required to submit to the Dissertations Department are those that were in force at the time the student was admitted to the doctoral program. Any variance at all from these regulations can be decided on by the appropriate Department Council only (see also: Doctoral Graduation Regulations).
The Dissertations Department assists doctoral candidates in dealing with the respective regulations.
If and when regulations are fulfilled, the Dissertations Department issues receipts for candidates to present at their departments as prerequisite for receiving their doctoral certificate.
Observe the Guidelines for Doctoral Theses.
For information on how to submit a doctoral or habilitation thesis in electronic form click here.