The doctoral studies can be started at any time and, as a rule, are conceptualized for being completed within six semesters. The PhD student is supported by three mentors who guide the scientific work, give advice on the individual academic training program, and help to introduce the candidate to the scientific community.
Within the first six months of the doctoral studies the candidate formulates a research plan which serves as an outline of the dissertation project. During the course of the doctoral studies the candidate gives an annual report about the progress of his or her research project. The scientific work within the research project is the principal item of the doctoral education.
The research work is complemented by an individual training program which is adapted to the individual skills and needs of the candidate as well as to the demands of the doctoral project. By actively participating in courses of the accompanying program the candidate gains at least 30 credit points which are required for admission to promotion.
The doctoral program is meant to support the young scientists’ ability to do independent research work, to improve their skills in scientific communication, and to enable them to take over responsible positions in education, science, industry, and society.