ZU Graduate School Semi-structured PhD program

At ZU, the conferral of a doctoral degree is associated with the enrolment in a partly-structured doctoral degree program which consists of three modules. It should be completed prior to the doctoral degree phase.

Semester 1 - 6

Module 1 | Research Events

  • At least 3 events as for example conferences, congresses, symposia, guest lectures,research networks & cluster events
  • a total of at least 32 course units of 45 minutes each (4 days)
  • timing of participation is open within the promotion period, however, to be proven upon application for admission to the doctoral examination

Module 2 | Interdisciplinary PhD seminars

  • At least 4 events
  • a total of at least 16 ECTS
  • timing of participation is open within the promotion period, however, to be proven upon application for admission to the doctoral examination
  • the areas (a to f) can be chosen freely, i.e., each area may also be chosen more than once

Module 3 | PhD Colloquia

  • 1 x per semester
  • evidence of ongoing participation and presentation of own dissertation project to be provided

Interim Evaluation

According to Section 10 (6) Doctoral Regulations, the supervisor and co-supervisor shall conduct an interim evaluation at an advanced point in time during the doctoral examination procedure, but before the doctoral thesis is submitted. The interim evaluation shall take place based on a 30-minute lecture to which the graduate members of the respective department are invited.

Semesters 7 + 8

Doctoral Examination

  • Review of the dissertation
  • Disputation
  • Publication of the Dissertation
  • Award of the Doctoral Degree

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