Compulsory Modules (52 ECTS-Credits)
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Module 3: Interdisciplinary Forum for PhD Candidates (4 ECTS-Credits, 2 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are capable of presenting research projects and results and are acquainted with the issues of interdisciplinary questions.
Module 4: Reflection on Research (5 ECTS-Credits) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Competence in planning research projects including a written presentation; reflected knowledge and a prospectus of the student's dissertation.
In the first year of the doctoral programme, a comprehensive description of the planned dissertation has to be compiled. This includes the central question, methods, objectives, literature, and time schedule of the project.
Module 5: Active Participation in Scientific Discourse (10 ECTS-Credits) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Presenting research results in national and international forums, acquiring basic skills in research management and in applying for research funds; analysis and critical assessment of the student's own research results and those of others; creating a culture committed to research ethics and rejecting plagiarism; knowledge of one's own strengths and weaknesses.
Presentation of the student's own research results in guest lectures and/or at conferences and/or through progress reports and/or at workshops and/or in competitions, and/or through articles in journals.
Module 8: Doctoral Thesis Defense (5 ECTS-Credits) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: positive completion of all other modules and positive evaluation of the dissertation
Learning Outcome: Presentation, reflection on and analysis of the dissertation results in the overall context of the doctoral programme; the focus is on summarizing and explaining results of the research project, on presenting the increase in knowledge for the discipline, on demonstrating evaluation and methodical competences as well as on presenting the results.
Final oral dissertation defense before an examination board.

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