The examination board

Evaluators (thesis examiners)

The graduate committee appoints at least two thesis examiners who review the dissertation. At least one of them has to be a member of the thesis committee, in most cases this will be the first academic advisor. The graduate committee can appoint additional reviewers, especially in the case of theses dealing with interdisciplinary or inter-faculty topics. Candidates have the right to nominate reviewers, but their nominations are not legally binding for the graduate committee's appointments.

Please note that the evaluators are not allowed to work in the same working group (Abteilung).
At least one of the evaluators must be a full-time member of the professorial group of the faculty carrying or organising the programme. In contrast to the examination authorisation, which lasts three additional years after retiring from service, the membership in the professorial group ends with the date of retiring. Here you can find a list of supervisors, who are currently full-time members of the professorial group.


Viva examiners

The graduate committee appoints the members of the examination board, including a chairperson. The committee consists of at least three members:


  • thesis examiners
  • the candidate's academic advisers who are authorised to examine at doctoral level
  • if necessary, additional members who are authorised to examine at doctoral level


At least two members have to be authorised examiners in the respective programme and the other members have to be at least authorised examiners in another programme of the GFA or a related academic subject. Candidates have the right to nominate reviewers, but their nominations are not legally binding for the graduate committee's appointments.


Special regulations

To award the title of Dr. rer. nat. or Dr. rer. pol. (acc. § 2 section 3) at least half of the members on the examination board need to have the respective authorisation to examine the candidate (acc. § 5 section 4). They also have to be members of the group of the thesis examiners (including the first reviewer). The graduate committee can allow exceptions from this rule, especially in the case of interdisciplinary work, but not in the person of the first reviewer.

Retired professors or professors granted leave of absence may not act as thesis or viva examiners for a period longer than three years after the end of their tenure. The graduate committee can decide on exceptions.

In the event that additional examiners are appointed over the course of the examination process, they will also be members of the examination board.

If it appears possible that the grade "summa cum laude" shall be awarded, the thesis committee may propose in advance of the examination procedure that an additional thesis examiner be appointed. This examiner must not belong to the University of Goettingen unless one of the other appointed thesis examiners is already an external reviewer.