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The Humboldt-Year begins in the sixth semester – just the right time when good students feel the compelling urge to finally do something entirely on their own: the Humboldt-Year is a self-selected, specialising, individualising research orientation in consultation with a research chair or with a research alliance with the ZU either in the country or abroad.

Individual Student Research Projects

Within the Humboldt-Year and thus in an advanced period of study, students have the opportunity to set their own scientific focus and to design their further studies in an individual way. They can pursue their own research interests and thereby deepen certain topics and acquire additional scientific skills. They can either apply for a research project of the chairs or develop own ideas for a research project.


The strong connection to the research work of a university chair or another research institution facilitates the in-depth insights into scientific practice

  • Advancement for independent scientific work
  • Development and realisation of individual project ideas and scientific foundations
  • Acquisition of in-depth specialist knowledge
  • Preparation for the challenges in designing a Bachelor's thesis

Structure of the module

  • Semester: 6th and/or 7th semester
  • Research project: 15 CP
  • Research colloquium: 3 CP
  • Advanced Methods: 6 CP
  • Course suitable for the research project: 6 CP


Erdogan, Aynur Dr
Executive Program Director Sociology, Politics & Economics | SPE and Director of Student Research
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1135
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1199
Room:FAB 3 | 0.73