PhD Renewable Energy

Guidelines for Applying to the PhD Programme Renewable Energy

The field of renewable energy is very broad. If you want to get a good grounding in all areas of renewable energy study then see the website of the Postgraduate Programme in Renewable Energy.

If you study renewable energy at doctorate level then you have to specialize in one particular research area. To study at doctorate level you have already completed eight semesters of higher education and have completed a Master, Diplom or Magister degree.

The steps to joining the university at doctorate level are:

1. Find yourself an academic supervisor, who can be any professor from your field of interest at the University of Oldenburg (UO). The research areas that are included in our programme are to be found on this website.
When writing to a professor from your chosen research area state:
i) What you want to research and a detailed description of the topic
ii) Why you want to research this particular area
iii) Why are you particularly suited for research on this particular topic
iv) Include a copy of your CV

If you are self-financing your research then make this clear in your application to your chosen supervisor.
Sometimes paid research positions are available and you apply for these as for any job. This way you are able to finance your research period.
If a suitable position is not available then for further information about possible sources of financing see:

2. Once the professor has accepted you then you apply to the Faculty V, Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Antrag auf Zulassung als Doktorand). Before returning this form it is important that you sign pages 3 and 4 of the application and your chosen supervisor signs page 5.
All requested documents are to be supplied as attested copies (you can supply the originals if you are in Oldenburg).

3. Once you have been accepted by the Faculty V you enrol at the university as a doctorate studentRegister yourself at the student registration office (Immatrikulationsamt) by 15th April or 15th October respectively at the latest for both the doctorate studies as well as the PhD program, i.e. two registrations. If you know your acceptance will go through after this date you can ask for a provisional enrolment (vorläufige Einschreibung). An online registration (Einschreiben - Promotion) is also possible (closing dates are the same); this site is only available in German.

4. Now you can apply to the Graduate School ‘Science and Technology’ for admission to the PhD Programme Renewable Energy.
Graduate School applications for the summer semester have to be received by 1 March; 1 September for the winter semester. Late applications will be processed for the following semester.

It is possible to apply to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Graduate School ‘Science and Technology’ concurrently, but the Graduate School application will not be processed until the Faculty has approved your application.