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According to § 33 DHPolG, the German Police University has the right to award doctorates.

Application for acceptance of a doctoral procedure

The application for acceptance of a doctoral procedure must be submitted to the doctoral committee in writing, together with a current official certificate of good conduct. The application must also be accompanied by the supervisor's declaration of willingness to supervise the candidate. DHPol university professors or university lecturers with a doctorate who are scientifically active in the field of the doctoral project and are scientifically renowned beyond their dissertation are entitled to supervise a doctoral project.

In accordance with § 4, section 1 PromO-DHPol applications should be addressed to:

Doctoral Committee of the German Police University
For the attention of Prof. Sutter
Zum Roten Berge 18-24
48165 Münster

E-Mail: promotionsausschussdhpolde

Completed PhD Theses


Barth-Farkas, Katerina Ophelia Faye (Dr. rer. pol.): „Leadership and power in police organizations – Empirical studies on leadership style, leader prototypicality, and gender"


Krüger, Katrin (Dr. rer.publ.): “Employment appraisals and their implications for Thuringian police officers. Aspects of jurisprudence, procedures and possibilities of reorientation"

Nüßer, Marc (Dr. iur.): "The distribution of responsibilities and competences at the level of giving orders for selected repressive measures as well as in the context of cumulative stresses and strains and their significance for the police forces at federal and state level - A concept for the police to more effectively safeguard the fundamental right of judges to administer justice".

Xie, Bing (Dr. rer. Pol.): “Application of controlling instruments in China with special consideration of cultural factors".


Hartmann, Martin (Dr. rer. Publ.): "Performance rating in the police force"


Lichtenthalter, Philipp W. (Dr. phil.): “Promotion- and prevention-focused job crafting: Antecedents, outcomes, and processes“


Bürger, Bernd (Dr.rer.publ.):“ Shift models for the police patrol. An interdisciplinary analysis using the example of the Bavarian Police".

Dalby, Jakob Nimrod (Dr. iur.): “Opportunities, challenges and opportunities for law enforcement agencies on the Internet, taking into account measures relating to "cloud storage

Scheffczyk, Björn (Dr. rer.pol.): “Staff recruitment, staff development and institutional health management in the police and military police force of the German Federal Armed Forces".

Schmelzer, Alexander (Dr. rer. publ.): “Security federalism in a state of emergency. The deployment of the Federal Police to support the Länder in accordance with the principle of federal loyalty"


Katzidis Christos (Dr. rer. Publ.): "Legal framework regulations in connection with police officers who no longer meet the special health requirements of law enforcement officers".


Kölling, Katharina (Dr. rer. pol.): “The introduction of official health management against the background of demographic change. Police culture as a determinant of organisational change".

Shavers, Christine Marie (Dr. iur.): “Criminal law dealing with hate crimes – functional comparative law – Germany vs USA” 

Zaremba, Ulrike (Dr. iur: ”On the legitimacy of changing the purpose of data preventively and repressively collected by the police for police purposes”


Pellengahr, Friederike Ursula (Dr. iur.): “Data protection in European police cooperation - fundamental right issues of the Prüm Decision and its translation into national law".


Shinwari, Zangah (Dr. iur.): “Linking common foreign and security policy and development cooperation under the aspect of state-building measures shown by the example of the CSDP Mission Eupol Afghanistan".