Qualification program

In order to ensure a high level of qualification during doctoral studies, postgraduate students have to meet the following requirements (cf. § 5(4) of the Doctoral Degree Regulations 2016):

Doctoral students have to participate in subject-specific scientific seminars at doctoral level (minimum of 6 credit points).
Your academic supervisor will determine the individual elements of your training and write them down in a supervision agreement. Not GRADUS, but each department is responsible for the selection of the appropriate subject-specific seminars.
Doctoral students have to participate in non-scientific courses at doctoral level in order to acquire interdisciplinary key qualifications (minimum of 3 credit points).
The interdisciplinary qualification field offers support at all stages of the doctoral phase. It is divided up in the following competences:
  •  Personal competence comprises as the personal ability to reflect on yourself, to develop and respond (self-) critically and flexibly to the requirements in everyday life, of science, research, teaching and business and the willingness to take responsibility for your own actions in a democratic society.
  • Communicative competence means being able the ability to be able to communicate with others and to exchange information in order to discuss special knowledge with colleagues, to present it on an academic level and to convey it to lay people.
  • Writing competence is the ability to produce your own academic text and thus contribute to scientific progress.
  • Leadership and management competence is the ability to manage your own time and work efficiently and effectively, to organize projects and to lead employees.
  • Teaching competence.

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Each doctoral student is obliged to attend three workshops from this interdisciplinary qualification field. For each 2-day workshop, the member of GRADUS receives 1 credit point (workload of 30 hours in total: 15 contact hours and 15 hours for preparation and follow-up).

Doctoral students have to participate in two seminars on interdisciplinary topics by the Graduate Academy (GRADUS).

This interdisciplinary qualification field promotes interdisciplinary competence in research and teaching, the ability to widen your own scientific knowledge and to apply the guidelines of the scientific system to your own scientific practice.

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Participation in two seminars in this qualification field is mandatory for the members of GRADUS, but credit points are not awarded.

Since only working in small seminar groups allows the trainer to pay attention to the requirements and special needs of the individual the number of participants is limited.
All courses are continuously evaluated in order to ensure a high level of quality and to adapt the courses to the needs of young researchers. Next year we will offer new topics based on previous feedback and suggestions.