According to the regulations for the doctoral programme, doctoral students are expected to design in consultation with their thesis adviser(s) a study plan that suits their dissertation project as well as their needs. The doctoral students can choose from a wide range of courses; some of them are mandatory. Please follow this link for the model of a study plan!
As part of the academic research project, a study period abroad is scheduled for generally one semester, preferably at Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies.
Obligatory courses of the doctoral programme include a fortnightly research colloquium in which doctoral students present and discuss their ongoing research. The colloquium takes place every semester.
Annually, three joint symposia are organized jointly with Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies and Goldsmith College London. Here, doctoral students have to give a lecture about a subject relevant to the doctoral studies programme once a year.
All doctoral candidates are expected to attend the annual conference of the International Research Training Group 'Interart Studies' as well as the lecture series which is organised every summer semester and deals with subjects relevant to the Research Group’s fields of interest.
During the first year, an interdisciplinary doctoral seminar (Oberseminar) introducing the research area 'Interart Studies' is mandatory. It is meant to provide a common basis for the different disciplines and to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to the research area.
Doctoral students can choose from a wide range of courses offered by Freie Universität Berlin, especially by Dahlem Research School (DRS), e.g. workshops and courses designed to enhance scholarly competences such as language skills, scientific writing, presentation techniques, didactic skills and management skills. The actual DRS Professional Development Program can be seen here.
In addition, they can attend workshops, master classes or guest lectures offered by the Research Training Group or other research institutions. Active participation in conferences is a part of the study programme as well.
In the course of the doctoral programme, the students increasingly focus on research within their field of interest. They are offered the opportunity to present their research project in a seminar or a conference. Besides, doctoral students are enabled to plan and organize academic events dealing with a subject of their choice within the Research Training Group.
In the third year, the students shall focus on writing their thesis. They are required to regularly present their work’s progress to their advisors. The defence of the doctoral thesis is scheduled for the end of the third year. Successful students receive their respective doctorate as well as a second certificate testifying their interdisciplinary doctoral studies 'Interart Studies'.