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Important information for prospective PhD candidates

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Interested in a PhD? Here you will find some initial tips and advice about studying for a PhD at the University of Potsdam. We would also be happy to talk with you one-on-one.

Before the PhD

Before starting a PhD program, ask yourself: Is a PhD program right for me, and are the conditions right for my situation?
The following checklist can help you decide.

Checklist for prospective PhD candidates

  1. Why do I want a PhD?
  2. Can I imagine working on one topic for at least 3 years?
  3. Do I have adequate funding for the entire duration of the program?
  4. Do I have an advisor with whom I can imagine working for at least 3 years?
  5. Does my advisor have time to advise me and meet with me regularly?
  6. Do I have a place where I can complete my work and/or conduct experiments?
  7. Do I seek interaction on a regular basis? Which type of PhD is right for me?

First steps to the PhD

At the University of Potsdam, you can choose either a structured doctoral program or a more individually tailored program of study. The seven faculties of the University of Potsdam are responsible for the implementation of all doctoral procedures and for providing expert advice. If you have any questions regarding your doctoral studies, please contact the contact persons of the faculties directly. The individual doctoral regulations regulate the subject-specific requirements and admission requirements.
The following video and the links below provide an overview of the necessary steps and people to contact on your way to the PhD.

How to apply for a PhD at the University of Potsdam

Other useful tips:

  • Visit information events of the University of Potsdam on the topic of doctoral studies, such as Faculty Days, Perspektive Promotion, and the like. Inform yourself on the corresponding websites.
  • Supervision agreements are important. Conclude one with your supervisor to ensure mutual rights and obligations.
  • Remember to form a supervisory team. This consists of primary and secondary supervisors and ideally an external reviewer. This will relieve the burden on the primary supervisor. In addition, in cases of conflict, the entire support group can be called upon to solve problems. An external reviewer guarantees an independent evaluation of your work.
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Contact person: Nadja Schubert

Potsdam Graduate School


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