Do you have a question about promotion or habilitation? Then feel free to send an e-mail to

To submit documents, you can make an appointment or use the letterbox of the doctoral and habilitation office in the entrance area of house 28.

Doctoral Studies

The Faculty of Science of the University of Potsdam awards the academic title 'Doctor of Natural Science' ('doctor rerum naturalium' or 'Dr. rer. nat.') or Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) following an examination process whereby a candidate shows their scientific capability and competence by way of a written thesis (Dissertation) and an oral defense (Disputation) in a scientific discipline represented in research and teaching by a Professor of the Faculty.

Students interested in doing a Doctorate at the University of Potsdam can get a first overview here.


At the beginning of the doctoral studies

You want to start doctoral studies? Please look here

Opening of the examination process

You want to start your thesis/defense procedure? When you have finished your research project and your dissertation is completed please look here


Completion of the procedure

You have successfully passed the defense - and now? Please look here for all details concerning publication of the thesis, certification etc.

Doctoral Committee

Meeting dates with editorial deadlines and subject representatives of the institutes

Portrait Jeanette Ziegler

Geschäftsstelle des Promotionsausschusses


University of Potsdam
Faculty of Science
house 28, room 1.101
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam OT Golm


opening time
The opening hours of the doctorals office are cancelled until further notice.
Tuesday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Binational doctoral studies (Cotutelle)


University of Potsdam
Faculty of Science
Building 28, Room 1.104
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam OT Golm


consulting hours
by arrangement

In case of complaints in the context of study and teaching as well as doctoral procedures, you can contact the ombudspersons of the faculty.

Meeting schedules of the current Doctoral Commitee. All dates for current doctoral examination procedures