Your PhD application

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Guide to a successful application

Would you like to apply to our university of applied sciences? It’s easy. All the information you need for a successful application is provided here.

You will learn how the application process works, which documents we need from you and what you have to do after you have been admitted. If you have any questions or need help, simply contact the relevant contact and advice centres.

Now you can start with your application – We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Berlin School of Sustainable Futures, University of Applied Sciences.

Please note:
Your application process is not yet open.
If you are interested and would like to apply, please register here. We will notify you as soon as you can start applying.

Admission requirements

The following admission requirements must be met for a PhD programme:

Completion of a first university professional degree in a subject closely related to the curriculum offered and that corresponds to the acquisition of at least 120 ECTS credits (Diploma / Master’s degree or an equivalent domestic or foreign degree).

One of the most important admission requirements for the doctorate is the sponsorship of one of the research professors in the programme, in which he or she agrees to supervise the candidate’s planned doctoral project. Applicants should therefore familiarise themselves with the research areas of the faculty members and contact potential supervisors before applying for admission. *

Registration as a doctoral student.

* This contact and the preliminary agreement should be indicated in the research project’s description. This precondition is intended to ensure that no doctoral student is left without a supervisor after enrolling in the programme. The commitment is provisional and the supervisors of the thesis may be changed after the start of the programme if all parties involved agree. This is especially the case if the project should be redefined later on.

Acceptance as a doctoral student –
All the steps at a glance.



Let us advise you online, on the phone or in person without any obligations so you cangain an impression of the BSSF.


Look for a supervisor

Look for a supervisor for your dissertation and discuss the dissertation topic with him or her. (You may only register for the PhD after a topic has been assigned)


Formal submission

Once you have a supervisor, you will need to fill out some forms.


Preparing for your PhD

Once you receive a notification of your successful admission, you are an official student at the BSSF. Congratulations! There is still a lot to consider and manage until the start of the trimester. We would be happy to help you find accommodation, funding for your studies and much more.