The individual PhD research on your doctoral thesis at the supervising Chair/Department - starting from Day 1 of your PhD Programme - is complemented by a mandatory curriculum (30ECTS in 5 modules in 6 semesters = 1/6 of your final grade). For a successful completion of the PhD Programme your doctoral thesis counts for 2/3 of the grade (120ECTS) and the oral examination ("defense") of your thesis for 1/6 (30ECTS).

The curriculum consists of 5 modules in block seminars, presentations, research papers, reports and transferrable skills courses - each module is graded individually and needs to be attended and graded for 2 or 3 semesters. Therefore it is necessary that you are present in Cottbus at least during the lecture period (October-February and April-July). Field research and research stays abroad are recommended and encouraged outside of the lecture period.

The language of instruction, research and examinations is English.

BTU Graduate Research School (GRS) is offering additional workshops for all doctoral candidates at BTU on networking, subject-related qualification, scientific techniques and transferrable skills training. Here are the links to the current GRS qualification programme as well to the GRS newsletter.

Mandatory Curriculum and Recommended Study Plan

ModuleSemester (winter / summer)  
1st (WS)2nd (SS)3rd (WS)4th (SS)5th (WS)6th (SS)Credit Points
Academic Research and Methods 2 hrs per week    6
Status Seminar ERM: Progress Reports PhD Thesis 2 hrs per week 2 hrs per week 2 hrs per week 6
Research Colloquium at the individual chairs and departments2 hrs per week2 hrs per week    6
Essentials of Grant Proposal Writing (Part 1 starts in winter semester) – this course is mandatory also for PhD students in Heritage Studies  Part 1
2 hrs per week
Part 2
2 hrs per week
PhD Thesis Writing Skills
(Part 1 starts in winter semester) – this course is mandatory also for PhD students in Heritage Studies
  Part 1 2 hrs per weekPart 2 2 hrs per week  6
Submission of PhD Thesis and oral defense      150