The next academic ceremonial event for the presentation of doctoral and habilitation certificates will take place on 10 January 2020 at 2:00 pm in the University Church Rostock.

In the following you find an overview about the habilitation at the University of Rostock. The binding arrangements of planning a habilitation are written down in the habilitation regulations. Please, inform yourself on the website of the responsible faculties. In case of questions about the procedure get in touch with the department head or the contacts of the faculties.


Start good informed - Reading the habilitation regulations & checking the entry requirements

At the beginning of a habilitation plan it is useful to read the habilitation regulations of the responsible faculty. Within the habilitation regulations, amongst other things, requirements for a habilitation are settled. Especially early career researchers, who gained their academic or doctoral degree from a universisty outside of Germany, are advised to check the entry requirements for a habilitation as early as possible.

Funding - evaluate the possibilities

In case of advertised vacant positions in research projects, graduate colleges or similar, the financing is already clarified and runs via qualification centers for academic staff members.

Furthermore, there are many programs that support Postdocs specificly: DFG ("Eigene Stelle", Emmy Noether- or Heisenberg-Program), EU (Marie-Curie-Fellowships), DAAD, diverse foundations etc. There are several databases on the internet which help with the research for funding possibilities (e.g.

Admission to the habilitation

The requirements for admission to the habilitation are laid down in the habilitation regulations of the faculties. Requirements for a habilitation are the possession of a university degree (master's degree, diploma, or equivalent) and a doctorate as well as several years of work in research and teaching in the respective habilitation field. Special regulations must be observed in individual cases (foreign degrees, degrees from universities of applied sciences). The existence of language skills may also be required for habilitation, depending on the desired academic degree.

Graduate Academy - Become a member & use the offers

The Graduate Academy is the central service institution and coordination point for early career researchers and supports doctoral students and PostDocs within the scope of their qualification primarily with an interdisciplinary qualification programme and offers its members various possibilities for professional and interdisciplinary networking.

A further aim of the funding opportunities is to support the scientific exchange and presentation of research results.

Doctoral students and PostDocs of the University of Rostock can apply for membership of the Graduate Academy.

Carry out a planned habilitation

Application for the opening of a habilitation procedure

The application for the opening of a habilitation procedure must be submitted with the submission of the habilitation thesis. Please open the application with Adobe Acrobat.

Note: If you receive the error message 'Please wait ...' when opening the application, please use the button 'View with other program' in the top right-hand corner. Select 'Open with Adobe Acrobat (Standard)'.

Notes for the application and implementation of a habilitation procedure

The notes contain important and helpful information for the production of scientific papers, for the opening of the habilitation procedure as well as further habilitation-relevant topics.

  • Agrar- und Umweltwissenschaftliche Fakultät
  • Fakultät für Informatik und Elektrotechnik
  • Juristische Fakultät
  • Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
  • Fakultät für Maschinenbau und Schiffstechnik
  • Philosophische Fakultät
  • Theologische Fakultät
  • Universitätsmedizin Rostock
  • Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Publication & Submission of deposit copies

According to the Deposit Copy Regulations of the University of Rostock (Official Announcement No. 2/2008), habilitation dissertations must be made available to the academic public and deposit copies must be submitted to the University Library.

The options for publication and sale are described in detail here. Please open the online submission form for the selected option and follow the procedure given there.

In special exceptional cases, e.g. pending patent applications, exceptions are possible. This requires the approval of the faculty which awards the title.

After successful habilitation..

Right to lecuture (Venia legendi)

The right to lecutre (venia legendi) entitles persons with a habilitation to independently offer courses in his or her subject at the university. It can be applied for the right to lecture informally at the faculty after a successful habilitation. The Academic Senate decides on the granting and the scope of the right. Details of the procedure can be found in the Habilitation regulations. The right to use the name "private lecturer" is associated with the right to lecture. The researcher is obliged to regularly offer courses in his/her subject area. If the private lecturer does not offer an independent teaching activity for two years without good reason, the right to lecture can be revoked.

Extension of the habilitation

If the teaching qualification has been acquired at another scientific university or if the teaching qualification is to be recognised for a subject or subject area other than the subject or subject area designated with the habilitation, a re-habilitation or extension of the habilitation can be applied for. The conditions under which this can be implemented can be found in the respective habilitation regulations.


Juristische Fakultät

Department Head
Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498-8000


More contacts:

Dr. Heidrun Budde
Tel: +49 (0) 381 498-8004

Susanne Karnstedt
Tel: +49 (0) 381 498-8005

Universitätsmedizin Rostock

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Mittelmeier
Tel.: +49 (0) 381 494-9300


Petra Hunsicker
Mitarbeiterin des Dekanats
Tel.: +49 (0) 381 494-5003

Central Doctorate and Habilitation Unit

Department 1.2 Academic Self-Governance

Gundula Rogge
Staff member

Universitätsplatz 1 | Room 227
18055 Rostock
Phone.: +49 (0) 381 498-1206
Fax.: +49 (0) 381 498118-1206


Further documents and notes of the faculties on the hablitation procedure
Agrar- und Umweltwissenschaftlichen Fakultät (AUF)
Fakultät für Informatik und Elektrotechnik (IEF)
Juristische Fakultät (JUF)
  • Notes on the application and implementation of the habilitation procedure
Fakultät für Maschinenbau und Schifftechnik (MSF)
  • Notes on the application and implementation of the habilitation procedure
Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (MNF)
Philosophischen Fakultät (PHF)
Theologische Fakultät (THF)
  • Notes on the application and the implementation of the habilitation procedure
Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät (WSF)


Silke Oppermann
Department Head

Universitätsplatz 1 | Room 225
18055 Rostock
Phone.:  +49 (0) 381 498-1204
Fax.: +49 (0) 381 498118-1204



Gundula Rogge
Staff member

Universitätsplatz 1 | Room 227
18055 Rostock
Phone.:  +49 (0) 381 498-1206
Fax.: +49 (0) 381 498118-1206

Office Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri  8.00-12.00 Uhr and on agreement

Corina Reinheckel
Head of the Graduate Academy

Universitätsplatz 1 | Room 127
18055 Rostock
Tel.:  +49 (0) 381 498-1022
Fax.: +49 (0) 381 498118-1022