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Study Program

Mitwirkende: Raimund Kösters

new course announcement summer term 2014:

Selected Topics in Statistics and Modelling

(lecturer: Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Helfrich)



Please see also the Portal for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers:


Study Program

The study program consists in general of eight courses and a minimum of three colloquia. The study program is structured in

  • a minimum of four research oriented courses will bring the students close to the state of art in their research field (early on research)
  • up to four general and interdisciplinary courses will broaden the scientific experiences (continuous learning, life long learning)
  • a minimum of three lectures and colloquia during national and international conferences should promote the communication skills of the PhD students.

The study program for each PhD student is planned with the supervisor team and it is based on the individual needs of the PhD student and within their research field. According to this individual plan the course program is designed. PhD students can take courses offered by the Theodor-Brinkmann-Graduate School or can take part in courses offered by partner institutions elsewhere.

The minimum requirements for a course are:

  • 2 working hours per week for courses during the semester (e.g. lectures, seminars) or 1 week full time (block courses). If a course consist of 4 working hours per week or is a 2 week full time module these courses will count as two courses.
  • a successfull participation (pass) has to be testified by the course coordinator.

We expect from each student, that they will attend international conferences, workshops or courses of our partner institutions. A research visit abroad is strongly encouraged and supported.

The study program is organized in a way, that each student can fulfill the requirements within three semesters after admission. The research oriented courses should be in the first phase of the individual course program.

The courses are offered within the semester (e.g. seminar series, lectures, project work) or indenpendantly as stand alone courses outside the regular semester structure (e.g. block courses, summer schools).


Study Program Requirements

  • The program comprises 30 credit points
  • A minimum of 12 credit points must come from "research oriented" modules.
  • Up to 12 credit points can be from "general & interdisciplinary" modules
  • 6 credit points come from talks and lectures given in seminars, workshops, conferences.
  • A one-week block module is 3 credit points (and 2 week block module 6 credit points)
  • A 2 weekly hour lecture series or seminar is 3 credit points, a 4 weekly hour lecture series would be 6 credit points

Course Overview

The study progam will be adapted to the needs of the students and requirements for their research.

For each course offered by the graduate school detailed information will be available. Select the course you are interested in from the menu on the left.

Cooperation in Agricultural Economics

Beside the courses offered food and resource economics within the Theodor-Brinkmann-Graduate School a new cooperation with other Universities expand the list of agricultural economics courses for our PhD students. The graduate school is cooperating with the German "Doctoral Certification Program in Agricultural Economics". PhD students can attend these courses. Please contact your supervisor, if you would like to attend one of the courses offered. The Graduate School is offering some finacial support for our PhD students.

For more information on the program visit the Doctoral Certification Program in Agricultural Economics


Your Contact

Raimund Kösters
phone: +49 (0)228 73-7015
Office hours: Tue 9-12 and Thu 9-12