PhD programmes

How and where do I apply? 

BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg currently offers three English language PhD programmes:

Environmental and Resource Management

Heritage Studies

Dependable Systems

In order to pursue structured doctoral studies in a PhD programme at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, you need to have a university professor to take on the role of doctoral supervisor. A list of possible supervisors will be narrowed down for you as the application procedure progresses.

What documents do I need to include in my application?

Application procedures for structured doctoral studies vary between PhD programmes at the BTU. Please be aware of this fact and follow the application procedure outlined on the respective websites of the PhD programme. The following list of documents provides a general idea of which documents may need to be handed in. Additional documents may be required by the respective PhD programme regulations.

  • Filled-out application form
  • A color passport photograph
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A PhD dissertation proposal
  • Certified copy of your original higher education entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma or German Abitur certificate)
  • 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.

  • Summary of your master’s thesis (or similar academic thesis, e.g. a Diplom thesis)
  • Two letters of recommendation by university professors, former employers or project partners
  • Proof of English language skills, e.g. the TOEFL with a minimum of 79 points on the internet-based version or an equivalent proof of language skills; no proof of language skills is necessary for applicants from countries where English is the first official language (list of exemptions)
  • 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


Environmental and
Resource Management

Dr. phil. Birte Seffert
T +49 355 69-4633

Heritage Studies
Dr. phil. Birte Seffert
T +49 355 69-4633

Dependable Systems
Dr. phil. Birte Seffert
T +49 355 69-4633

What happens next after I hand in my application?

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

The appropriate faculty and/or doctoral committee for the PhD programme you have chosen will review your application. The PhD programme coordinator will inform you as to whether you have been admitted to a structured doctoral programme. If you are admitted to the university, then you may enroll at the BTU as a doctoral student.
To enroll, please hand in the following documents:

  • Filled-out Enrolment Application
  • “leaving certificate” from your prior German university
  • Proof of German health insurance (proof consists of 3 documents: a certificate of insurance, a notification of registration, a notification of de-registration); holders of private insurance need to hand in proof of having exemptions from statutory insurance (a respective certificate is available at every statutory health insurance provider)

Please send your documents to the following address:  

BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
Student Services
Valerie Lob
Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1
03046 Cottbus

After we have received and reviewed your documents, we will send you a letter of admission and further information related to doctoral studies and enrolment at the BTU.


Michael Radke
T +49 355 69-3474
F + 49 355 69-2648
Main Building, Room 0.11

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

The appropriate faculty will review your application and inform you of its decision. If you are admitted to the university, then the International Relations Office will send you a letter of admission and further information related to doctoral studies and enrolment at the BTU.


Christiane Lorenz
T +49 355 69-2102
F + 49 355 69-2108
Main Building, Room 4.36

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