Admission Requirements


1. Assessment of eligibility for admission

Graduates who wish to enroll for a doctoral program at the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering must submit an application for assessment of eligibility for admission immediately after obtaining confirmation from a professor confirming his or her willingness to act as an advisor. You are required to enclose the following documents with your application:

  • Letter of application
  • Notice of Readiness of the Professor to act as advisor (original)
  • Tabular curriculum vitae (signed and dated)
  • Bachelor and Master Certificate and Testimonial (authenticated copies)
  • Statement of previous applications for enrollment in a doctoral program (integrated in application letter)
  • Data Collection form for the doctoral student statistics (online delivery to "PromoDat" request)

Attention: The data collection form has to be completed electronically (see explanation) by all doctoral students and sent online to:

By submitting the initial application for admission to a doctorate (§ 12) and the data collection form, you have approved the doctoral regulations of Faculty 5 as well as the principles for ensuring good scientific pratice at RWTH Aachen University. In the application according to § 13, when you submit your completed dissertation, you must submit a written statement of these principles and provide evidence of participation in the course "Good Scientific Practice" (see

If you obtained your degree from a non-German university you are also required to enclose:

  • Translations of certificates into German or English (authenticated copies)
  • A copy of subject grades/transcripts and their translations into German or English (authenticated copies)

2. Doctoral Committee

The Doctoral Committee decides on the acceptance or rejection (with or without additional requirements) of doctoral candidates. You will be informed in writing of the Doctorate Committee's decision.

In case of a confirmed fulfillment of the admission requirements for doctoral studies by the doctoral committee, a supervision agreement according to Annex 2 Doctoral Regulations of the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering is required (see download).

The supervision agreement is managed at the respective chair.

Meeting dates:

Summer term 2023: 24 April 2023 / 19 June 2023 / 28 August 2023

Winter term: 23 October 2023 / 27 November 2023 / 23 January 2024

Application documents must be submitted min. 2 weeks before.