How to apply

If you would like to carry out your doctoral work at Steinbeis University Berlin (SHB) and you meet the admission requirements, you will have to carry out your planned research in the form of a project. The necessary documentation for this includes a draft of the functional specifications for your planned research project. In addition to your research aims, this should outline a budget and scheduled project milestones. It should also specify a potential mentor from your company and the SHB.

Application documents should be sent to

Application form
Resume with application photo
Higher education admissions record (certified copy)
Proof of attained university degree (certified copies of transcripts and certificates)
Declaration of previous applications for doctoral work (time period, faculty, topics)
Current criminal record certificate issued by the German Federal Central Criminal Register or similar (original document)
Draft of the research project functional specifications
Proof of knowledge concerning research methods

Once you have passed the aptitude test, met all of the necessary admission requirements and signed a contract for your doctoral work, our institute will approve your doctoral work. As of this point, the project competence doctorate will commence and run for at least three years.

The contract for your doctoral work will specify the formal course of your doctorate (project colloquia, examinations, dissertation). This contract will also oblige the doctoral student to, among other things, adhere to the fundamental requirements of appropriate scientific and academic practice.