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Graduate Programs

Graduate programs are typically fixed-term, systematically designed programs of study and research for the purpose of mutual research and work performed under the scientific direction of university scholars that ends in a doctoral degree. 

Here you will find an overview of graduate and doctoral study programs of the Faculty of Science.

DFG Ph.D. Research Groups

DFG-1364: Interactions between tectonics, climate and bioshpere in the African-Asian monssonal region

In the second funding period of the GRK 1364 we aim at studying the rich interactions between tectonics, climate, topography, biosphere, and surface processes in the India-Asia Collision Zone and the East African Rift System. Both settings are influenced by the African-Asian Monsoon, which is highly variable on yearly, decadal, millennial, but also on geologic timescales. Both areas constitute premier natural laboratories characterized by ongoing tectonism and the creation of pronounced relief contrasts in the Cenozoic, thus influencing atmospheric circulation, the distribution of rainfall and spatiotemporal changes in erosional and depositional processes.

DFG Ph.D. Research Groups with participation from the Faculty of Science


DFG-1539: Visibility and Visualization. Hybrid Forms of Visual Knowledge.

This PhD research group works on forms of visualization in science and the arts. Together with the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam and the Free University of Berlin, this group researches practices of visualization with regard to the question of constituting knowledge and reflexive structures. The group has traced the changing significance of visual phenomena over recent decades in the connections of the computer sciences, the cognitive sciences and natural sciences, with methods from the humanities and the analysis of artistic practices.

DFG-1558: Nonequilibrium Collective Dynamics in Condensed Matter and Biological Systems

This PhD research group is an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to explore shared characteristics and methods in the description of collective dynamics among interacting units in a state of non-equilibrium. This project anticipates new perspectives on research fields from physics and biology. The research program brings together theoretical projects with a strong experimental character, as well as two experimental groups. Although the group focuses on basic research, it is also motivated by discovering possible applications in medicine or new types of equipment, such as photonic or micro-fluid devices.

DFG-1740: Dynamical Phenomena in Complex Networks: Fundamentals and Applications

A key goal of this interdisciplinary IRTG is to develop a structured PhD program which will enable young researchers to work in network theory as well as across various fields of network applications. It comprises education on modern theoretical concepts and training on network applications, even involving “hands-on” experience with the corresponding experiments.

DFG-1845: Stochastic analysis with applications in biology, nance and physics

This graduate programme funded by the German Research Council (DFG) from resources provided by the Federal Government and the Federal States of Germany is carried by groups of probabilists at HU Berlin, TU Berlin, and the University of Potsdam. Its PhD students will receive a broad training in probability theory and stochastic processes, embedded in an excellent environment for high level research in the main fields of modern probability.

Programs of the Faculty with Participating from University of Potsdam