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Since jan. 1st, 2017, an agreement of supervision is obligatory for the opening of the examination process for a doctoral degree.

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.

You want to start doctoral studies? Please look here

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.

Portrait Jeanette Ziegler

Geschäftsstelle des Promotionsausschusses


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


opening time
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.

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