Habilitation defines the academic qualification to self-conduct university teaching and research. It is fundamental to obtain a professorship in Germany and many other European countries. The habilitation is the highest qualification level at universities. The requirements to obtain the habilitation degree are specified in the habilitation regulations of the universities (see below).
Admission for habilitation is given upon request according to the local prevailing Habilitation Regulation. The candidate submits a written application addressed to the dean of the relevant faculty indicating the field in which he/she wants to obtain the permission to teach. The additional professional requirements for the admission to the habilitation procedure such as a written habilitation thesis are stated in the respective habilitation regulations of the universities.