Doing a structured doctoral degree

Structured PhD study program of Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School

Pursuing a structured PhD study program implies that you have obligations and need to obtain Credit Points. On the other hand, it provides opportunities which would require a higher administrative and networking effort in the context of an individual doctoral undertaking. In detail, these are stays abroad, the organisation of workshops, invitation of guests or execution of independent teaching as well as taking part in training workshops on Transferable Skills or job-related mentorings.

The first statistics confirm that graduates of a structured PhD program are not taking more time than those having pursued the traditional path of an individual doctoral undertaking. Rather, a structured doctoral project may be completed even within three and a half years in most cases. The interdisciplinary input and communicative infrastructure of the Graduate School provide the self-confidence necessary for an efficient completion of the dissertation. Practice oriented workshops clarify future perspectives and the examples of alumni put career entry insecurities into the appropriate perspective.

Our overview of the course structure of the PhD program indicates, how many Credit Points you need to obtain in every part of the curriculum (writing the dissertation, seminars, workshops on Transferable Skills, colloquia). Transferring Credit Points from one area to another is not possible.

The part of the individual development of the dissertation is by far the most extensive one. The doctoral degree in literary studies at FSGS remains an academic dissertation in which you prove your capability of independent and responsible academic work. A “schoolification” of the doctoral phase is not in the sense of FSGS.

During the writing process of the dissertation, a residence obligation applies meaning that you have to live in Berlin. This guarantees the support through the supervision team.

The seminars on methodology and literature theory are commonly offered by professors associated with FSGS and take place every semester. You need to take part in at least one of the offered seminars. Seminars taken at institutes of FU or HU Berlin may be accredited, as well as seminars visited during your stay abroad at the host university. Relevant for acceptance are the number of contact hours, regular attendance and the thematic focus (literature theory and methodology). Please fill in the form on recognition in advance and let your lecturer sign it. After submission of these forms, the school’s management carries out the recognition. This may be done anytime, even after submission of the dissertation.

For the area of Transferable Skills you can use the workshop offerings of Dahlem Research School, as well as those of Humboldt Graduate School. For every workshop day, you gain 0.5 CP. Please maintain a list with the taken workshops yourself and indicate them correctly in the annual work report. For Transferable Skills, your own teaching (5 CP) or the organization of events account as well. Please make an appointment with the school’s management for the latter point.

The colloquia of FSGS are mandatory events and cannot be replaced by other events. They are offered in the winter semesters and guided by PIs of FSGS. The members of your supervision team are asked by the management for attendance at the sitting of your presentation.

The schematic course of studies helps you plan your doctoral studies but is not mandatory. We gladly give advice so you can execute your doctoral degree in a way that ensures ideal support of your dissertation and career planning.