Qualification scheme

Qualification scheme

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Your research project is the focus of our qualification scheme. You will enter into a binding qualification agreement, adapted to your needs, providing for participation in courses designed to facilitate inter-faculty and cross-disciplinary cooperation as well as support you in your research endeavour.

The qualification scheme:

  • ensures a homogeneous research output
  • complements the qualification scheme within and across disciplines
  • helps prevent isolation or excessive specialisation during your doctoral research by providing regular events promoting exchanges among researchers

The qualification scheme encompasses up to 14 contact hours per week over a period of six semesters (please note that this is subject to change) and involves:

  • regularly-held colloquiums
  • an advanced interdisciplinary seminar
  • seminars on selected topics from the four research fields
  • topical workshops
  • lecture series by postgraduates
  • international conferences
  • visiting scholars programme (lectures)

Duration and structure

Doctoral study is limited to six semesters (or three years). The supporting, discipline-specific training scheme is provided at a maximum total of 14 contact hours per week for the entire six-semester period (i.e. about 1-3 contact hours per week per semester; note that this information is subject to change).

The inter-faculty postgraduate colloquium, at 1 contact hour per week per semester, is compulsory.

The first semester serves as an orientation period, during which the advanced cross-disciplinary seminar should be attended (2 contact hour per week per semester for one semester).

The subsequent semesters will allow you to progress with two subject-specific seminars totalling 4 contact hour per week per semester over a course of 6 semesters.

Moreover, attendance of two workshops (1 contact hour per week per semester for each block course) is compulsory, as these are intended to provide you with significant impulses, as well as active participation (i.e. a presentation and publication) in a lecture series.

Optionally, you may go on a research trip in Germany or abroad.