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How to apply to Doctoral Studies?

admission to the doctoral school


The prerequisite for admission to a doctoral programme is the completion of a relevant diploma degree programme or master degree programme, a relevant diploma degree programme at a university of applied sciences or a master degree programme at a university of applied sciences.

The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • a working title of the dissertation.
  • a proposal for the supervisor of the dissertation project.
  • a proposal for at least one mentor for the dissertation project (from Austria or abroad, but must have venia docendi in the subject area of relevance for the thesis or an academic qualification equivalent to a habilitation).
  • a written confirmation by the proposed supervisor and from the proposed mentors that they will support the doctoral candidate in his/her proposed dissertation project.
  • preliminary proposals for the courses to be taken in the doctoral programme from the compulsory subject and the elective subject.

No later than one year after admission to the doctoral programme, the doctoral candidate must submit an exposé of the dissertation and give a public presentation of the dissertation project. The supervisory team must approve the exposé and then the candidate must submit a proposal for the dissertation topic, work plan and time schedule of the dissertation to the governing body responsible for study matters.

The duration of a doctoral programme has to be at least 3 years and is not divided into study sections. There is a total of 20 ECTS of courses to be completed (what kind of lectures is part of the agreement between student, supervisor and mentor, and accepted by the dean of studies), 160 ECTS for thesis.

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Call for admission to the Joint Doctoral School of the Silesian University of Technology is open to students of any citizenship and age who obtained a Master’s degree level or other equivalent academic qualification of second cycle level awarded by a foreign university and granting access to PhD studies.

The call for admission is open in the following scientific disciplines:

Architecture and Urban planning

Automation, Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Information technology and telecommunications,

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering and Transport

Materials Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Environmental, Mining and Energy Engineering

Chemical Sciences

Management and Quality Studies,

Medical Sciences.


Admission to the Join Doctoral School is based on the results of the competitive examination within the number of places in the School. The ranking list is established on the basis of the number of points obtained by a candidate but only one person for each announced research topic. The Central Admissions Commission define the minimum number of points that candidates must gain during the entire admission process.

Detailed rules and procedure for candidates to the Joint Doctoral School are as follows:

  • The maximum number of points possible to get by a candidate is 100.

The entrance examination is taken in English. The knowledge of English at least at B2 level of the European Language Description System is evaluated during the entrance examinations. If the candidate submits document confirming knowledge of English at least at B2 level of the European Language Description System – the candidate is awarded the maximum number of points for knowledge of English.

  • The entrance examination consists of two parts:

1)         a multimedia presentation of the candidate, lasting no more than 15 minutes, including the presentation of:

  1. a) the candidate’s profile,
  2. b) the results of current scientific work (including the scope of the Master Degree thesis),
  3. c) the candidate’s interest in the selected research discipline
  4. d) motivation of the candidate for taking education at the Joint Doctoral School,

2)         questions asked by the Examination Board regarding in particular the content of the candidate’s presentation and aimed at checking the substantive preparation of the candidate to take education in the Joint Doctoral School in a selected scientific area.


The following achievements of the candidate are included in evaluation:

  • scientific monograph or scientific publication.
  • research project.
  • science conference.
  • applications of practical results of scientific research or development works, including patent applications, granted patents or implementation of results of scientific activities in a different form.
  • activity in scientific organisations.

The scientific achievements of the candidate will be documented in writing. Detailed rules and procedure for candidates are described in the “Admission requirements for the Joint Doctoral School for the academic year 2022/2023”.

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Entry requirements for doctoral studies at TU Bergakademie Freiberg follow the Regulations of the Faculties for the Award of Doctorates of the University. Only those who hold one of the following degrees, will be accepted as doctoral candidates:

  • Diplom, Master’s degree, Magister or state board examination from a university in Germany
  • Bachelor’s degree (only in exceptional cases) with outstanding achievement from a university in Germany. A preparation phase of at least 2 semesters and an aptitude test are required additionally for the admission as a doctoral candidate. The applicant shall hold the degree in one of the subjects related to the topic of the doctoral thesis.
  • For graduates of a Master’s degree course or a degree course from a university of applied sciences the doctorate can also be conducted in the framework of a cooperative doctorate procedure between TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the University of Applied Sciences.
  • Degree from a university or college abroad: Foreign educational qualifications are checked via the information system for recognition of foreign educational qualifications ( and with due regard to the countries’ equivalence agreement, as to whether they fulfil the requirements for the admission as doctoral candidate in Germany. On the basis of this examination the responsible Faculty Board of TU Bergakademie Freiberg decides on the admission as a doctoral candidate. The Faculty Board may attach to the admission conditions and obligations.
  • Doctorate in another disciplinary area: The responsible Faculty Board decides on further examinations to be taken if the doctorate shall be conducted in a branch of science that does not correspond to the obtained university degree.
  • For international doctoral candidates good to very good command of English or German is assumed.



There are two ways of how to apply for doctoral studies at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg:

Method 1: Personal application directly with the professor of the chosen subject or the spokesperson of the relevant Graduate School:

Method 2: Centrally organised application via the Graduate and Research Academy (GraFA) for external applicants who are not in contact with a professor, as of yet. Applications are only possible for the announced topics. Range of topics is published on the website of the GraFA:

Applicants who already have a valid scholarship or other forms of financial assistance can submit their application irrespective of the announced topics at any time at the Graduate and Research Academy and suggest a doctoral thesis topic of their own.

After the application documents have been checked for completeness and fulfilment of the admission requirements, they will be forwarded to the responsible professor. Selection of the applicants will be done only by the professor himself.

A successful application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Legally stamped copies of transcript of records and degree certificate of the relevant degree courses in original language and German or English translation (for graduates from TU Bergakademie Freiberg a simple copy is sufficient)
  3. List of previous scientific works and publications if available
  4. For method 2 additionally: Statement of the chosen topic and the code number of the topic
  5. Detailed description of the topic of your doctoral project (depending on the individual faculties and institutes)
  6. If necessary: proof of German or English language skills

If the professor agrees to supervise the planned doctorate, there needs to be the Declaration of Intent submitted together with all the necessary documents via the supervisor at the faculty responsible for the subject in question. The Faculty Board decides on the qualification of the candidate to undertake a doctoral thesis.

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In general, doctoral studies are available in fall and spring semester and PhD students’ selection is determined by the General Assembly of each School. Doctoral programmes are coordinated by the Departmental Assembly (DA) of the School, the Dean, the Coordination Committee and the Director of Postgraduate Studies.

The Ph.D. degree requirements are as follows:

  • Successful completion of a number of courses (at least two), specified by the General Assembly of the Department. The specification of the courses depends on the candidate’s background on the Ph.D. program he or she has enrolled.
  • Elaboration of a Ph.D. research project, supervised by a faculty advisor.
  • Preparation of annual reports on the progress of the Ph.D. project and the research and other activities of the candidate.
  • Oral Ph.D. dissertation defence.

The maximum duration of the Ph.D. program is 6 and the minimum is 3 years. The oral dissertation defence can be scheduled six semesters after the approval of the doctoral thesis proposal by the General Assembly of the Department. The maximum period between the candidate’s admission to the Ph.D. program and the oral dissertation defence date is 11 semesters.

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School of Production Engineering and Management (PEM):

School of Mineral Resources Engineering (MRE):

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE):

School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (CHENVENG):

School of Architecture (ARCH):

Universidad de León

Call for application for a Doctoral Study at ULE is open for students from any citizenship having an Official Spanish university degree, or from a country member of the European Higher Education Area, which qualifies to access the Master’s degree, having passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at Master’s level.

Those who fulfil any of the following conditions may also gain access to PhD studies:

  • Official Bachelor’s degree (5 years), Architect, Engineer or PhD, or equivalent, issued by a Spanish university or approved or declared equivalent to such titles by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.
  • To have a Bachelor’s degree from a Spanish university The duration of which, in accordance with European regulations, is at least 300 ECTS credits. In this case, if the study program does not include credits for research formation, access to PhD requires accessory training specified by each PhD program.
  • To have a PhD degree.
  • In the case of having a Master’s degree from Universities not included in the European Higher Education Area, without the need for homologation, subject to prior authorisation by the rector (verification made by the university that the level of training is equivalent to that of the official University Master’s degree and that it entitles in the issuing country to access a PhD programme).
  • University graduates in health sciences enrolled in a specialisation health program, who have favourably passed at least two years of the specialisation program (BIR, MIR, FIR…).


An online pre-registration is required, providing the degrees and documents that justify admission requirements to the PhD program. Once the Academic Commission of the PhD program accepts the pre-registration, the student has to formalise the enrolment and pay the taxes. The enrolment taxes have to be paid each year.

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University of Petrosani

Criteria for being admitted at the Doctoral School are:

1) Examination of the linguistic competence in an international language, which is carried out before the interview and is eliminatory. Those candidates who are able to prove that they got, during the last two years, a certificate of linguistic competence, internationally acknowledged, which they should submit for credentials evaluation, are exempt from this examination.

2) Interview for checking the knowledge specific for the doctoral domain and for suggesting a topic for the doctoral thesis. During the assessment, the following are considered: academic, research and professional performance of the candidates, their interest in the scientific research and publications in the field, at the moment the interview is carried out

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doctoral education programme / mobility

Mobility opportunities for you within the Doctoral School of EURECA-PRO:

  • Courses related to Responsible Consumption and Production (online/blended)
  • Research stay in partner university (one per each year)
  • PhD journey (one per each year)
  • Language courses (virtual mobility)
  • EURECA-PRO weeks in different locations
  • annual EURECA-PRO Conference
  • Summer School


All our PhD students are expected to be mobile. The use of virtual exchange across the curricula in the universities of the alliance guarantees that you, as our PhD student, will be involved in mobility programmes, being virtual, physical or blended. As a doctoral candidate, you will have a chance to do research stays of at least two weeks per year, so that you could earn the ‘European mention’ at institutions inside or outside the alliance. In addition, you will also have a 3-week long PhD journey, as a form of short-term mobility.

Language courses offered by the universities will have a virtual exchange component to foster both, the language and intercultural competences of our students. We expect all students to take part in at least one of these courses. At the same time, participants’ physical mobilities will increase short-term, attending summer courses (Summer school, PhD Journey and Free choice) organised at different campuses of different universities each year. As our PhD student, you will also attend EURECA-PRO weeks to present your research there.

PhD Journey

A key component of the Doctoral School of EURECA-PRO is the PhD Journey. During this mobility, you will receive training and coaching on a variety of topics including: scientific work, laboratory practice, language and cultural studies, academic paper writing and scientific conference presentations. You will be encouraged to maintain contacts with other students through short courses, joint seminars and online and physical meetings.


Each doctoral student completing their studies under the auspices of EURECA-PRO will be expected to complete the PhD Journey at least once. Running each PhD Journey at the same time will allow for teaching and learning activities to be conducted in a hybrid way across the partner universities, easing the administrative burden and encouraging interaction between the students on separate programmes.

There are two possible options for the PhD Journey: an individual mobility, where you would visit a partner university alone, or a group mobility where a group of students together visits a partner university. Therefore, the learning objectives are dual in nature:

  • Individual mobility:
    • Development and augmentation of scientific knowledge
    • Development of research capabilities and skills
    • Learning subject- specific and research methodologies and practical skills
    • Immersion into academic and scientific research networks

The biggest benefit for students completing an individual mobility will be the high-level interaction between the student and the academic staff and research group(s) at the host university, furthering the student’s research, skills and knowledge. This will include additional coaching and/or supervision from a professor at the host university.


  • Group mobility:
    • Study of Responsible Consumption and Production topic
    • Study of European Values, Cultures, Heritage and Future Perspectives
    • Improvement of language competences
    • Development of professional skills, for example, academic paper writing, presentation skills and techniques, debating and discussion talents, teaching techniques
    • Development of transversal skills, for example, intellectual curiosity, intercultural networking and communication, acceptance of diversity, entrepreneurship


The group mobility is more of a holistic opportunity, allowing students to participate in many different features which may include: lectures and excursions related to European Values, Institutions and Culture and RCP topics, language courses, scientific lectures, workshops on academic and social skills development and entrepreneurship and innovation training sessions. In addition, the students will be able to develop their own professional network for their current doctoral research and, for their future career in academia or beyond.

An exemplary plan for the PhD Journey:

There will be a multi-stage admission and student selection process performed in order to enable you to take part in the most relevant and suitable PhD Journey. The admission procedure will take place after the designation of a theme for each PhD Journey at each university. If you want to do your research within our Alliance, you need to participate in our selection process. The first stage will be performed by your home university and will consist of requiring you to submit the following:

  • Your preference for which university you would like to attend their mobility
  • A motivation letter describing your reasons for deciding on your first preference which could include:
  • How the university’s designated Lighthouse Research Mission, research focus, research facilities and theme of the mobility overlaps with your research topic,
  • Evidence of contact with second/potential additional supervisor and research group at host university,
  • Similarity in research group/institute at host university at your research topic,
  • Exploration of potential access to laboratory, samples, library or other research facilities at host university,
  • A description of your PhD work to-date including research programme, conferences, peer-reviewed papers etc.
  • Copy of official document of registration on the EURECA-PRO doctoral programme.

Using this information, the host university will make a recommendation to which PhD Journey you should be admitted to. Care will be taken to ensure all students are given fair treatment and are happy with the final decision of which mobility they participate on.

erasmus contacts


Contact details

Hochschule Mittweida – University of Applied Sciences

ERASMUS + Institutional coordinator:


Ms Saskia Langhammer

Tel. +49 3727 58 1737

Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria

Contact person for ERASMUS Programmes and national funds at MUL:


For international students (long term study):

Anja Meier, BA

Tel. +43 3842 402 7238


For international students (short term study: 1 semester or 1 year):

Karina Michelini Rodríguez, BA

Tel.+43 3842 402 7231

MIRO Welcome Center

Peter Tunner-Strasse 15

8700 Leoben,

Silesian University of Technology

Contact person for ERASMUS Programmes

PhD, Dr. Ludwina Żukowska

Tel. +48 32 2371753

ul. Akademicka 2A, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland


PhD, Dr. CEngMarcin Górski  /Director Project Management Center 


Tel.: +48 32 237 26 90  

ul. Banacha 10, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland

Technical University Freiberg

ERASMUS + Institutional coordinator:

Michaela Luft

Tel. +49 3731 39-2580

Erasmus Institutional Coordinator, Coordinator Exchange programmes

Akademiestraße 6, room EG.06

Technical University of Crete

Contact person for ERASMUS Programmes


Technical University of Crete,

Erasmus+ Programme

University Campus, Akrotiri, Chania, 73100,

Crete, GREECE  +0030 28210 37470

Universidad de León

Contact person for ERASMUS Programmes

Rafael de Paz Urueña

+34 987 291 646

University of Petrosani

Contact person for ERASMUS Programs and national funds

Lecturer Oana Ravas, PhD

Erasmus Institutional Coordinator

Address: 20, Universitatii Street, Petrosani, Hunedoara County, Romania


Phone: office +40549009 mobile +40722297157

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