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Procedure of the habilitation process

  • During the meeting of the habilitation committee, the submitted documents are reviewed and the habilitation application is discussed.
  • The habilitation is announced under the agenda item "Miscellaneous" in the Faculty Council.
  • At the meeting of the Faculty Council, the procedure is commenced and the external reviewers for the written postdoctoral thesis are selected.
  • After receiving the reviews, the habilitation committee decides on the acceptance of the written habilitation performance and selects the topic of the habilitation colloquium.
  • The candidate holds his/her habilitation colloquium in the Faculty Council. Subsequently, the candidate receives a certificate confirming that he/she has passed the written and oral performance.
  • The habilitation candidate publishes his/her written habilitation performance in the University and State Library and can thereafter use the title Dr. med. habil. or Dr. med. dent. habil.
  • The habilitation candidate gives his/her inaugural lecture and subsequently receives the venia legendi (usually in the semester after receiving the habilitation certificate). The applicant can now use the title Privatdozent.

The schedule listed here is only valid under the condition that there are no objections. In individual cases, the actual procedure may deviate due to the decision of the Dean.

Submission deadline

Please note that the final application documents must be received in the Dean's Office at least two weeks prior to the respective meeting date in order to be discussed in the following meeting of the habilitation committee.

Transfer to the Faculty of Medicine of the HHU

In order to receive the venia legendi, the private lecturer is obliged to offer regular courses in his/her subject at his/her alma mater. In case of a transfer to another university, it may be difficult to fulfill these obligations.

In such cases, the private lecturer has the possibility to rehabilitate at the new Faculty. Thereafter, the private lecturer becomes a member of the Faculty and is entitled to supervise doctoral students as a doctoral advisor or supervisor.

Please direct all inquiries related to rehabilitation procedures to .

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