The prerequisite for a doctorate at the Digital Engineering Faculty is a graduate-level degree - Diplom, master's, Magister, or First State Exam for Secondary School Teacher Training - from a German university (or a recognized international equivalent). The main subject, final thesis, or state exam for the Secondary School Teacher Training (Secondary School I and II) must have been in the academic discipline of the intended doctorate and must correspond to a subject area at the Digital Engineering Faculty.
The German university degree must as a rule have been completed with a grade of at least "satisfactory" ("gut"). Degrees earned at scholarly institutions outside of the jurisdiction of the Federal Republic of Germany's Basic Law shall be recognized insofar as their equivalence is determined.
Declaration of Intent to Pursue a Doctoral Degree
Click here for a list of all steps to declare your intent to pursue a doctoral degree at the Digital Engineering Faculty.
The list of authorized academic disciplines are equal to the offered fields of study of the DEF.
Enrolling as a Doctoral Student
You can find all important information on enrolling as a doctoral student at the Division of Student Affairs.
- German Research Foundation (DFG): "Guidelines for Avoiding Conflicts of Interest"
- University of Potsdam: "Self-Monitoring in the Sciences: Rules for Ensuring Good Scientific Practices at the University of Potsdam" (Bulletin UP 2/2002).
- German Research Foundation (DFG): "Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice"