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Universities Act

Under the following link you find the Universities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (HG NRW): https://recht.nrw.de/lmi/owa/br_text_anzeigen?v_id=10000000000000000654

Please note that legislative texts can only be provided in German.

Appointment Regulation

Under the following link you find the appointment regulation of the University of Cologne:

http://verwaltung.uni-koeln.de/abteilung11/content/ordnungen/e22750/infoboxContent22774/Berufungsordnung_final_ger.pdf

Please note that legislative texts can only be provided in German.

Doctorate Obligatory?

Do I need a doctorate to apply for a professorship?

According to § 36 Abs. 1 Nr. 3 Hochschulgesetz NRW (University Act of North Rhine-Westfalia) proof of a particular qualification for independent academic work must be provided. Evidence of this can generally be provided through a doctoral degree with good or very good result.

Should you wish to apply for an assistant professorship (W1), you will not need to have completed your doctoral studies at the time of your application. However, it will be mandatory prior to taking up your position. 

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