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Dissertations in the history of medicine

FAQs about the medical history doctorate:

  • Medical dissertation vs. medical history dissertation?
  • Finding a topic
  • Proseminar as prerequisite

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Proseminar "Medical History Dissertation"

Proseminar "Dissertation in the History of Medicine
The proseminar "Medical Historical Dissertation" is aimed at all those who want to do a doctorate at the Institute.
We will offer the next proseminar again in the winter semester 2023/2024. Please register for it.

Friday 08.12.2023 from 14.00 to 18.00 Saturday 16.12.2023 from 10.00 to 15.00
Friday 12.01.2024 from 14.00 to 18.00 Saturday 20.01.2024 from 10.00 to 15.00   

Thielallee 71, 14195 Berlin first floor, seminar room

The individual block events build on each other, so that a missed appointment is not possible.

Please register at stefanie.voth(at) by 10.11.2023 at the latest.

FAQ - frequently asked questions about the topic "Medical History Dissertation"

Q: What do I have to do to get a topic for a dissertation?

A: Attend the proseminar, which is a prerequisite for getting a dissertation topic.

Q: When does the proseminar take place?

A: We strive to offer the proseminar every semester, assuming enough interested students. Registration is done through the Registrar's Office during the lecture-free period. The course is usually held in the early evening, occasionally as a block seminar.

Q: Is there a catalog of dissertation topics?

A: No. As a rule, theses are supervised in the research areas of the Institute, i.e., history of the Charité and Berlin university medicine, history of medicine in the Nazi era, history of psychiatry, history of pharmaceuticals in the 20th century.

Q: I have only half a year. Can I write a dissertation in medical history in this period of time?

A: Honestly: never ever. For good reason, the DFG awards full-time scholarships for the period of 3 years for doctoral studies. If you are preparing your dissertation work while studying or working, you should expect at least four years.

Q: Why do medical history dissertations take so long?

A: A dissertation in medical history is - as the name implies - a historical, i.e., humanistic, work. Its methodology differs significantly from that of a natural science dissertation. In particular, historical research is not usually concerned with the verification or falsification of data obtained or compiled, but above all with their interpretation: the justification or plausibility of such interpretations is the focus of the written composition of the thesis, which is correspondingly time-consuming.

Doctoral College of the Charité

General information on the topic of doctoral studies can also be found on the website of the Charité's doctoral program.