Thesis Proposal

Thesis proposals are a maximum of five pages long (incl. title page, content approx. 2000 words) and set up as follows:

Title page:

  • working title of the dissertation
  • name, signature and contact information of the doctoral student
  • institute, in which the dissertation should be carried out
  • names and dated signatures of all the members of the doctoral committee.
  • beginning and planned end of the dissertation


Content (max. four pages, approx. 2000 words):

  • an introduction (suitable for ‘general biologists’)
  • descriptions of the questions/hypotheses/goals that the dissertation should address
  • the experimental approach/strategy
  • preliminary data obtained in the period until submission of the proposal (if not applicable make a clear statement why no data are available)
  • a time schedule (what should be achieved when and by which means)
  • a list of relevant references, cited in the text
  • planned courses
  • planned teaching activities (ONLY ZNZ)