Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.) in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology

The granting of a degree "Doctor of Philosophy" (Dr. phil.) requires the following achievements:

  • the writing of a doctoral thesis (monographic scientific dissertation) which displays the research method as well as the results
  • the participation in a ninety-minute examination colloquium.
  • It is strongly recommended to attend seminars of the M.A. program.


The admission additionally requires the proof of ability in the Akkadian language (doctoral degree regulations, appendix p. 79, section A.). The language can be acquired during the course of the conferral of the doctorate. The general admission requirements are stated in the doctoral degree regulations.
Usually, the doctoral thesis has to be written in German. For an enrollment, applicants have to demonstrate a very good knowledge of the German language in form of the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber" or equivalents thereof (further information here).

Modalities of examination

A doctor thesis in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology has to fulfill the following requirements (doctoral degree regulations §10, p.11):

(1) The dissertation topic shall be within the responsibility of Department 07, research focus Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology.

(2) The dissertation must provide a new insight into the discipline in question.

(3) The following requirements apply to the dissertation: correct use of language, faultless external form complying with scholarly standards, typed and bound.

(4) As a rule, the dissertation is to be written in the German language. Exceptions from this rule require the approval of the supervisor and the respective department council.

(5) The dissertation may not have been published or submitted as an examination requirement as part of a different examination procedure.