The opening hours of the doctorals office are cancelled until  April 19th.
You can reach us via mail under

Information about the impact of the corona crises on disputations (date: 17.03.2020)

Accessability of the Faculty of Science Promotionsgeschäftsstelle

Is my disputation going to take place?

Is it possible to have a video conference disputation?

Can I hand in my dissertation in digital format alternatively?


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.

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

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