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Doctoral Regulations

The Doctoral Regulations (the "Order") of the Graduate School of East Asian Studies determine the aims of the GEAS doctoral training, coursework and supervision, as well as all rights and duties of the doctoral candidates.

A joint commission of all participating disciplines (the Departments of History and Cultural Studies, Political and Social Sciences, Philosophy and Humanities, Law and the School of Business and Economics) is responsible for the GEAS Order.

PhD students at the GEAS are also enrolled at their respective departments, depending on their field of study and their corresponding supervisor. They are thus liable to the corresponding doctoral regulations of the departments.The doctoral regulations of the different departments of Freie Universität Berlin are particularly important for admission to the Graduate School and the university, for the regulations how to write the thesis, and for the disputation (viva).

You may find all doctoral regulations of our participating disciplines in the related links section below. The departments of History and Cultural Studies, Political and Social Sciences, Philosophy and Humanities have had joint regulations until 2018. As of May 28th, 2018, the department of Political and Social Sciences has issued new doctoral regulations and is not part of the joint regulations any more. 

Only the German versions of all doctoral regulations are legally binding.