Founded in 1991, the University of Potsdam has evolved into a unique center for science and technology within Germany. Seven faculties form the pillars of the institution: the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Human Sciences, the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, the Digital Engineering Faculty, jointly established by the University of Potsdam and the Hasso Plattner Institute, the Law Faculty and the Faculty of Health Sciences in cooperation with the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) and the Brandenburg Medical School “Theodor Fontane”.
Special emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary areas beyond the teaching and research activities of the individual institutes. The four research focuses of the University of Potsdam are earth and environmental systems, evolutionary systems biology, cognitive sciences and data-centric sciences.
Beautifully located in close vicinity to the capital Berlin, the University of Potsdam is well-placed in a firmly-established and successful interdisciplinary infrastructure. Exploiting synergies is a matter of course: more than 70 joint professorships intensify the cooperation between the university and its non- university research partners.
Students interested in research have the opportunity to get involved in ongoing research projects during their studies and to finish with a doctoral dissertation, which is an additional incentive for them to engage in a scientific career. To increase academic support for doctoral candidates, the University of Potsdam has founded the Potsdam Graduate School that spans the faculties, turning Potsdam into an even more attractive academic location for young scholars from Germany and abroad.