PhD in Resource Management at Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg • Cottbus 6 Semesters
Germany Full Time
PhD in Environmental Sciences Onsite

The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program offers highly-qualified candidates the chance to research current international environmental issues within a stimulating environment of fellow researchers and students and a broad network of regional and international partners – aiming to improve the quality of professional environmental management for the 21st century.

The program focuses on research in the areas of climate, water, soil, ecology, raw materials, economics, and law, thereby strengthening the research profile of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg in Biotechnology, Environment, and Health,  Energy Efficiency, and Sustainability, as well as Smart Regions and Heritage.

For an overview of involved Chairs/Departments and their research areas, please visit our website.

The Ph.D. program is open to national and international students with a Master’s degree (MSc) or equivalent in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Economics, Environmental Management, Environmental Law, Applied Chemistry, Biotechnology, or a related subject.

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Course Details:

The six-semester presence-based program consists of a mandatory curriculum of 30 ECTS, the dissertation (120 ECTS), and the oral defense (30 ECTS). You are supervised by at least one professor from the Faculty of Environment and Natural Sciences or the Department of who is an expert in the chosen research topic.

The five modules (6CP/each) focus on fostering your research skills as well as transferable skills needed to build your professional career:

  • Academic Research and Methods
  • Status Seminar ERM: Progress Reports Ph.D. Thesis
  • Research Colloquium at your Chair/Department
  • Essentials of Grant Proposal Writing
  • Ph.D. Thesis Writing Skills

For the full curriculum, semester schedule, and module description, please visit our website.

The BTU Graduate Research School offers additional workshops for all doctoral candidates at BTU on networking, subject-related qualification, scientific techniques, and transferable skills training.


Enrollment Requirements:

MSc (or equivalent) in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Economics, Environmental Management, Environmental Law, Chemistry, Biotechnology, or a related field with a final grade of at least 2.3 according to the German grading system, including a Master’s thesis.

The application includes a comprehensive Ph.D. proposal (we have a guideline on how to draft a Ph.D. proposal on our website).

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Costs/Tuition Fees:

Free of ost

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Language Requirements:

A certificate of proficiency in English must be provided except for graduates of English language Master’s programs in Germany and these countries.

Accepted tests and minimum scores include:

  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 points (paper-based), 213 points (computer-based), or 79 points (Internet-based)
  • Cambridge Advanced English Test (min. grade B)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (min. grade B)
  • IELTS (min. 6.5)

About the University/Institution:

Located on three campuses and with almost 70 study programs, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg offers a broad spectrum of market-oriented programs as well as traditional degree programs.
From the natural sciences and engineering to economics, cultural studies, and even health sciences, BTU offers a wide range of courses. Our 13 study programs taught exclusively in English are very popular among both German and international students from all over the world.

BTU is partnered with over 160 universities throughout the world, which provides students with a multitude of excellent opportunities to spend part of their time studying or conducting research abroad. Furthermore, in cooperation with our international partner universities, BTU offers a wide range of double-degree and joint-degree programs.

Application Deadline:

Applications are welcome throughout the year. For a start in the summer semester (1 April), submission of the complete application online is recommended no later than 1 November; for a start in the winter semester (1 October), submission is recommended no later than 1 May.

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