The start-up phase of the doctorate

Oct 22, 2021 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Online - Graduate Center

Course language: English


Target Group:

Doctoral candidates of all faculties at the beginning of their doctorate


Dr. Simon Golin


A doctorate is a complex and long lasting project. If it is not usefully structured from the beginning it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and often also motivation in a maze of possibilities.

Developing a full understanding of your goals - for the doctorate as well as for the labour market entry which follows - is a prerequisite for an efficient working process. This will allow a strategic and reflexive approach starting with the selection of a suitable topic through to the realistic conceptualisation of the different phases of work.

In the workshop a small group of participants will each set personal objectives and then convert these into an individual outline for their doctoral thesis. The doctoral candidates will identify the central phases of their doctoral project as well as possible stumbling blocks and areas where further skills development is needed. Additionally, the framework requirements of doctoral research and the relationship with the supervisor will be discussed.

The following topics are at the core of this workshop:

  • The basics of doctoral research: Developing constructive objectives
  • Setting the course: The tailor-made doctoral topic
  • Doctoral research as a process: Setting priorities, defining milestones
  • Keeping the bigger picture in mind: Self-assessment and evaluating objectives
  • My skills profile: What additional qualifications do I need - now and later?
  • My own project in context: Aligning objectives with the supervisor
  • The doctorate: My next steps



Registrations are welcome until 22.09.2021 2021 via our online portal. We will then determine whether the minimum number of 7 participants has been reached. Should the minimum number of participants not have been reached, the event will not take place due to financial reasons.


Please note:

There are 14 places on this course. The persons that can participate in the course will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Center. Without this confirmation mail you cannot participate in the course. Only participants that have registered for the course via the Graduate Center will receive a certificate of attendance.

All further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as there is a free place on the course you will receive a message from us. If you do not receive any message from us concerning this course there are no free places and unfortunately you cannot participate in this course.




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