Individual doctoral studies

How and where do I apply?

In order to pursue individual doctoral studies, one needs to find a university instructor to take on the role of doctoral supervisor. You need to find a supervisor independently; the university administration does not provide any support systems to coordinate the placing of doctoral students with doctoral supervisors. In your application for individual doctoral studies you need to submit a letter (letter of confirmation) from your supervisor in which the supervisor confirms his/her supervision of your dissertation and states his/her approval of the dissertation topic.

Please send your application to the following address:
BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
Appropriate Faculty
Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1
03046 Cottbus

What documents do I need to include in my application?

Application procedures for individual doctoral studies vary from Faculty to Faculty at the BTU. Please be aware of this fact and follow the appropriate application procedure outlined in the Doctoral Studies Regulations for your respective Faculty. The following list of documents serves to provide a general idea of which documents may need to be handed in, but additional documents may be required by your respective Faculty’s study regulations.

  • A written proposal of the faculty
    Faculty 1  Faculty 2  Faculty 3
    Faculty 4 Faculty 5  Faculty 6
    outlining the following two points:
    1) Which specific doctoral degree is sought (e.g. Dr. rer. nat. or Dr.-Ing.)
    2) The title and topic of the dissertation                                                                                               3) A letter of confirmation from your supervisor
  • Data sheet
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certified copies of certificates and transcripts of records from prior university degrees
    Additionally for applicants with foreign university degrees:
    If the original certificate or transcript of record is not in English or German, then you will need to also submit a certified translation to German or English from a sworn translator.
  • A written declaration stating whether one has already in the past submitted a doctoral dissertation for review by a doctoral committee and if one has, then information on which university, which Faculty, the topic of the dissertation and the decision of the doctoral committee on awarding the doctor title

Contact

Faculty 1
Dr. Inna Spivak
T +49 355 69-3970
fakultaet1+qualifikation(at)b-tu.de 

Faculty 2
Dr. Dagmar Stephan
T +49 355 69-2217
fakultaet2(at)b-tu.de

Faculty 3
Dr.-Ing. Bettina Ketzmerick
T +49 355 69-4217
fakultaet3(at)b-tu.de

Faculty 4
Prof. Dr. phil. Ulrich Paetzold
T +49 355 5818-401
fakultaet4(at)b-tu.de

Faculty 5
Stefan Uhlich
T +49 355 69-2968
fakultaet5(at)b-tu.de

Faculty 6
Grit Scheppan
T +49 355 69-4209
fakultaet6(at)b-tu.de

What happens next after I hand in my application?

1. Applicants with German citizenship and EU citizens holding German university degrees

The faculty will review your doctoral candidate application and inform you of the result. Provided you receive a positive answer, you can enrol as a doctoral student if you wish. However, undertaking a doctoral degree at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is also possible without an official enrolment. For further information about enrolment, please send an email to zulassung(at)b-tu.de.

Contact

Michael Radke
T +49 355 69-3474
F + 49 355 69-2648
zulassung(at)b-tu.de
Main Building, Room 0.11

2. Applicants who are not citizens of the EU and EU citizens with non-German university degrees

The faculty will review your doctoral candidate application and inform you of the result. Provided you receive a positive answer, you can enrol as a doctoral student if you wish. However, undertaking a doctoral degree at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is also possible without an official enrolment. For further information about enrolment, please send an email to internationaladmission(at)b-tu.de.

Contact

Jasmin Minzapost
T +49 355 69-2768
F + 49 355 69-2108
internationaladmission(at)b-tu.de
Main Building, Room 4.10