Most of the doctoral students at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology are registered and enrolled at the University of Potsdam. If you come here for a full doctorate, read on. If you come to our institute as a guest student, to do part of your research in one of our research groups, scroll down for information about how to register as guest student with the University.

Registration for a doctoral degree

If you come to the MPI-MP for your doctoral research and wish to obtain a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Potsdam (UP) you need to register as doctoral student with the University. The registration has two parts:

1. Acceptance as doctoral candidate by the UP Faculty of Science
This part is required. It involves completing an "Agreement for Supervision of a Doctoral Thesis" and submitting this document to the Doctoral Board of the UP Science Faculty. 

2. Enrolment as doctoral student with the UP
This part is optional. To be enrolled as doctoral student has several benefits: you will have a student ID card and the "Semesterticket", which is a public transport ticket for Potsdam, Berlin, and surrounding areas. Moreover, it is advisable to be enrolled when you hand in your thesis. 

Both part 1 and part 2 can be started after you have arrived at the MPI-MP.
Part 1 can be started throughout the year. Part 2 (enrolment) must be completed within the first 2.5 months of a given semester (June 15 for the Summer Semester, December 15 for the Winter Semester).

Before you come to the MPI-MP for your doctorate

  • Contact Ina Talke for information about registration and enrolment procedures at the University of Potsdam.
  • Prepare certified copies of your MSc and BSc certificates and transcripts (we advise you to prepare two sets of certified copies). The UP accepts degree documents in the following languages: German, English, French, Spanish, and Italian. If your documents are in a different language, you must bring certified translations. 

Semesters, semester fee and "Semesterticket"

There are two semesters per academic year in Germany, the Winter Semester (October to March) and the Summer Semester (April to September). 

The University of Potsdam charges a semester fee of approximately 300 EUR for immatriculation/enrolment. This fee includes some administrative charges and the so-called "Semesterticket" which entitles you to use public transport (regional, urban and underground trains, buses, tram) in Potsdam, Berlin, and surrounding areas. There are no further tuition fees for the doctoral programme at the MPI-MP or the University of Potsdam.

Guest students

This section applies to students who come to the MPI-MP from abroad for a stay as:

  • Guest PhD students
  • MSc students who do research for their Master thesis
  • Internship students

If you come to the MPI-MP for an internship or research stay during your studies you have the possibility to register as guest student with the University of Potsdam (UP). Whether this is a good option for you depends on for how long and when you come to the MPI-MP and Potsdam. The advantages are: you will have a student ID card and the "Semesterticket" (see above). Registration as guest student can only be done per semester. It is not an administrative requirement for your stay with us. 

After you have planned and confirmed your research stay with one of our group leaders, you may contact Ina Talke about registering as guest student with the University. Ina can nominate you as "free-moving" exchange student to the UP International Office, if applicable.  

Deadlines for nominating guest students to the University of Potsdam:

  • August 31st for the Winter Semester (starts in October) 
  • February 28th for the Summer Semester (starts in April)

These nomination deadlines about a month before a semester starts. Please contact Ina well before your research stay if you wish to enrol as guest student with the UP.

Eligibility and Documents needed: To enrol as guest student with UP, you must be enrolled as student (BSc, MSc, or PhD) at a university outside Germany and show a proof of enrolment to UP. UP will also ask you for a (normal) copy of your last completed degree (MSc for guest PhD students, BSc for guest Master students), but you do not need to provide certified copies of your degree documents. Students who are enrolled at another university in Germany cannot enrol as guest student with UP.

Costs: If you want to register as guest student with UP, you need to pay the semester fee (currently about 300 EUR, see above).

Note: We can nominate individual guest students. If you come to Potsdam with a University-University exchange programme (for example ERASMUS), you will be nominated by your home university. If you have any doubts, please contact Ina (Doctoral Programme Coordinator).

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