In recognition of the training you receive in Doctorate Plus courses, the Bonn Graduate Center (BGC) and its cooperating institutions will issue a certificate when you have earned at least 50 units across at least two modules.*


One unit generally corresponds to 45 minutes of course time; units are awarded as follows:

  • Half-day workshop: 4 units
  • Full-day workshop: 8 units
  • Two-day workshop: 16 units
  • Supplemental individual reflection: 1 unit per half-day workshop

Up to 5 of the 50 units required for a certificate may be acquired by completing courses outside of the Doctorate Plus program – for example, courses taken through the Bonner Forum Biomedizin or another university or institution.

Completion of your doctoral thesis is not required on order to receive a certificate.

*Note: If you began taking Doctorate Plus courses prior to summer 2015, you must instead participate in five courses across three modules to receive a certificate.

Requesting Your Certificate

When you have fulfilled the requirements for receiving a certificate, please contact BGC via mail or email and provide the following:

  • Copies of participation certificates for each course attended
  • Mailing address

You will receive your certificate via mail.

Contact Information
Bonn Graduate Center
University of Bonn
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Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

Questions about Certificates?

Please contact BGC’s Joana Bürger-John at any time.

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