How to apply

Thank you very much for your interest in the 3 year full PhD programme Heritage Studies at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. Following you can find all necessary information about application documents and admission processes.

Application Step by Step

Applications can be submitted throughout the year. We do not have application deadlines. For enrolment in the summer semester (start in early April) submission is recommend no later than November 1st, for enrolment in winter semester (start in early October) no later than May 1st.

Since this is a presence-based programme, enrolment is mandatory for PhD students at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, a semester fee including a public transportation ticket for Berlin and Brandenburg applies.

Within the programme curriculum, some of the mandatory courses for PhD students start in the summer semester, some in the winter semester (see section curriculum). These courses support you in your research, bring you in contact with staff and fellow students and help you develop valuable skills for your PhD thesis and academic career.

Before you submit your application please read carefully through our websites. Consider especially the information about the PhD research proposal as we can only accept detailed proposals, containing all relevant information.

Please submit the complete application here via the online portal. All the required documents to be uploaded are to be found in the section "application documents".


Your application will be processed after we received the complete required documents. Please do not forget to send a pdf-scan of your signed application form to phd-application[at]b-tu.de AFTER your have submitted your complete application online. We only start processing your application once received the full online application AND the signed application form.

We will evaluate your eligibility for admission, the suitability of your former studies and your PhD proposal.

If you are eligible for PhD studies at BTU Cottbus and we have the potential to find a supervisor with the relevant research expertise and capacity to take on new PhD students, the programme coordinator will send your application to possible supervisors and ask for confirmation of supervision. To be admitted into the programme, confirmation of supervision by a professor is a prerequisite. A personal or phone conversation with the potential supervisor is strongly recommended so that you can discuss your proposal as well as expectations and open questions.

Please note that some professors require confirmation of a scholarship or other means of funding before they give an unconditional confirmation of supervision.

Once we have confirmation of supervision from a professor within the programme, we need some of your application materials as hard copies sent to the programme coordinator. We will contact you about that. For non-EU applicants and EU-applicants with a Non-German university degree, the International Relations Office will check your eligibility to pursue doctoral studies in Germany. Upon positive decision, the PhD Committee and the Faculty Council will decide on your admission into the programme.

Upon positive decision, the International Relations Office (for Non-EU applicants and EU applicants with Non-German university degree) or the Admissions and Registrar´s Office (for German applicants and EU applicants with German university degree) will issue the admission letter (electronic copy and hard copy via post). Kindly note that this process might take up to three months.

To plan your stay in Cottbus (e.g. accomodation) please contact the Welcome Centre ASAP upon admission.

The admission letter is valid to apply for scholarships and the study visa.

Our Welcome Centre offers more information on preparing your start in Cottbus. You may contact them before your arrival to plan for accommodation and health insurance etc. Please make an appointment with the Welcome Center for enrolment and first steps at our university and in Cottbus.

Upon arrival, please make an appointment with the coordinator of the programme for a first meeting to welcome you into the PhD programme, to give you an introduction to the programme, inform you on the curriculum and to answer your questions.

As a PhD student you are welcome to use the services of the BTU Graduate Research School offering a regular newsletter, a qualification programme as well as scholarships for doctoral students and PostDocs.

The Welcome Centre regularly offers events for doctoral students and PostDocs at BTU, in Cottbus and in the region.