In contrast to a dissertation , this should be a work with particularly high methodological and content-related requirements, through which the research should not only be advanced in one segment. Furthermore, it must not only contain new scientific results, like the dissertation, but also demonstrate the sovereign mastery of the habilitation subject in all its breadth and the ability to promote it. This makes the habilitation thesis the most demanding university thesis in the German-speaking higher education system.
Today, a habilitation thesis can be cumulative through thematically related successful publications or as a single publication (monograph). A point system is often used for the cumulative habilitation that takes into account the reputation of the journal or anthology where it was successfully published. A minimum number of points must be achieved in order to meet the requirements for the habilitation.
The thesis is usually reviewed by three or more professors, with most habilitation regulations stipulating that at least one of the reviews is written externally, i.e. by a scientist who works at another university. After successfully completing the habilitation procedure, the venia legendi is awarded . A separate academic degree is not acquired through the habilitation, but the doctorate can now often be supplemented with habil. can be added. As a rule, the habilitated person is also appointed as a private lecturer by the awarding university .
Like the dissertation , the habilitation thesis is a university thesis that is collected by the university libraries and the German National Library . In contrast to the dissertation, there is no legal basis in Germany for the mandatory submission and publication of the habilitation theses . Some deposit copies must be submitted to the faculty. In general, it is assumed that the candidate has an interest in publishing his or her work. Many habilitation theses remain unpublished. Conversely, it may also be possible to subsequently submit a work that has already been published as a habilitation thesis.
Since the advent of online publications of university publications, one has also encountered post- doctoral theses on university publication servers , although this type of document is not yet very significant in terms of numbers. The online university publications submitted by the university libraries to the German National Library (DNB) can be researched using the DNB library catalog.
- Submission of an electronic habilitation thesis in the Medical Library of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
- Habilitation regulations of the Theological Faculty Erfurt
- Path to habilitation on elsevier.com
- Habilitation thesis and application: What should be considered? on academics.ch