PhD in Doctor of Philosophy at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Technische Universität Dresden 7 Semesters
Germany Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Onsite

All coursework is science-based and all courses require basic knowledge in physics, chemistry, and mathematics at the undergraduate level. In addition, the courses will also require basic knowledge in social sciences. In line with the UNU-FLORES research agenda, research topics for dissertations will be focused on solving current challenges related to the nexus of water, soil, and waste. Courses will be offered by academic staff at both universities. Doctoral dissertations will also be co-supervised by advisers from both universities.

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About the Programme
Considering that the theme of the joint doctoral program is unique in the academic world, prospective students are expected to come from diverse backgrounds. To ensure that students have an evenly-matched starting point, and also to introduce the basic concepts of the nexus of water, soil, and waste, the program comprises 35-course credits in addition to 175 dissertation credits. This total of 210 credits spans seven semesters. The credits are defined in terms of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The degree is jointly delivered by the United Nations University and TU Dresden. Students will be supervised by academic staff of both universities.

The doctoral program includes mandatory and elective courses. The courses can further be categorized into thematic courses (to be taken in the first and second semesters) and methodological courses. In addition, students have the opportunity to take courses at the Graduate Academy of TU Dresden. Courses and workshops offered in the framework of the Graduate Academy are of short duration (one to two days) and without credits. Students devote the first semester to learning the basic concepts of the nexus of water, soil, and waste as well as important aspects of governance and capacity development. The doctoral students will also start working on their research topics during the first semester. Half of the second semester is again course-based while the other half is devoted to the preparation of the final dissertation proposal and its defense. In agreement with the dissertation supervisor, doctoral students may choose additional courses focusing on specific skills required for their research topics. However, these courses will not count towards their grades. From the third semester onwards, doctoral candidates will concentrate fully on their research topic.

Enrollment Requirements:

Applicants are required to have basic knowledge in undergraduate-level physics, chemistry, and mathematics, with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields:

  • engineering
  • natural sciences
  • social sciences
  • or another closely related field

All applicants are also required to have a research-based Master’s degree in environmental resource management. Experience relating to the nexus of water, soil, and waste or environmental resource management will be considered an asset.

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Free of ost

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Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: required level 7.0
  • TOEFL: required level for the paper-based test: 600 points, for Internet-based test: 100 points

About the University/Institution:

The TU Dresden (for German: Technische Universität Dresden, abbreviated as TUD, internationally known as the Dresden University of Technology) is a public research university, the largest institute of higher education in the city of Dresden, the largest university in Saxony and one of the 10 largest universities in Germany with 32,389 students as of 2018.

The name Technische Universität Dresden has only been used since 1961; the history of the university, however, goes back nearly 200 years to 1828. This makes it one of the oldest colleges of technology in Germany, and one of the country’s oldest universities, which in German today refers to institutes of higher education that cover the entire curriculum. The university is a member of TU9, a consortium of the nine leading German Institutes of Technology. The university is one of eleven German universities which succeeded in the Excellence Initiative in 2012, thus getting the title of a “University of Excellence”. The TU Dresden succeeded in all three rounds of the German Universities Excellence Initiative (Future Concept, Graduate Schools, Clusters of Excellence).

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