Ph.D. programmes

How and where do I apply? 

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

Please send your application to the coordinator of the structured doctoral programme you have chosen:
BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
Name of the structured Ph.D. programme coordinator
Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1
03046 Cottbus

What documents do I need to include in my application?

Application procedures for structured doctoral studies vary between Ph.D. programmes at the BTU. Please be aware of this fact and follow the appropriate application procedure outlined in the Structured Doctoral Programme Regulations for your respective Ph.D. programme. 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 Structured Doctoral Programme Regulations for your respective Ph.D. programme.

  • Filled-out Microsoft Word Dokument im Open XML Format Enrolment Application
  • A color passport photograph (with your name written on the backside)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A Ph.D. dissertation proposal
  • Portables Dokumentenformat Certified copy of your original higher education entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma or German Abitur certificate)
  • Portables Dokumentenformat 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
  • Proof of English language skills, e.g. the TOEFL with a minimum of 79 points on the internet-based version or an Portables Dokumentenformat equivalent proof of language skills; no proof of language skills is necessary for applicants from countries where English is the first official language
  • 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

Environmental and
Resource Management

Dr. phil. Birte Seffert
T +49 355 69-4633
E-Mail environment-phd(at)b-tu.de

Heritage Studies
Dr. phil. Birte Seffert
T +49 355 69-4633
E-Mail heritagestudies-phd(at)b-tu.de

Dependable Systems
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Heinrich Vierhaus
T +49 355 69-2853
E-Mail Heinrich.Vierhaus(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 appropriate faculty and/or doctoral committee for the Ph.D. programme you have chosen will review your application. The Ph.D. 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 Portables Dokumentenformat 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
Mandy Beyer
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.

Contact

Mandy Beyer
T +49 355-69-2734
F + 49 355-69-2649
E-Mail mandy.beyer(at)b-tu.de
Main Building, Room 0.12

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.

Contact

Angela Buhl
T +49 355 69-2319
F + 49 355 69-2108
E-Mail internationaladmission(at)b-tu.de
Main Building, Room 4.10