General structure of the study program
The Theodor-Brinkmann-Graduate School combines the research at our
agricultural faculty with an interdisciplinary study program and will
support young scientists on their way into a scientific career. The
education will take place in an international and lifely scientific
The study program consists in general of eight courses (24 credit points) and a minimum of three colloquia/oral presentations (6 credit points). The study program (30 credit points in total) is structured in
- a minimum of four research oriented courses (a minimum of 12 credit points) will bring the students close to the state of art in their research field (early on research)
- up to four general and interdisciplinary courses (up to 12 credit points) 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 (6 credit points).
The committee (supervisor team) and the PhD student develop the study program for each PhD student individually based on the individual needs of the PhD student and within their research field. PhD students can take courses offered by the Theodor-Brinkmann-Graduate School or can take part in courses offered by partner institutions elsewhere. The Supervisor is responsible that the PhD student can complete the study program.
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.
Study Program Requirements
- The program comprises 30 credit points
- 6 credit points must come from oral presentations/ reports given at conferences/seminars/ and faculty colloquiums (minimum of 3 presentations required. Supervisors will decide if a presentation is applicable. Each presentation = 2 credit points)
- A further 24 credit points must come from modules:
- A minimum of 12 credit points must be obtained from "research oriented" modules.
- Up to 12 credit points can be obtained from "general & interdisciplinary" modules
How much creditpoints a PhD student will obtain for a course depends on the workload:
- A one-week block module is equivalent to 3 credit points (and 2 week block module is equivalent to 6 credit points)
- A 2 weekly hour lecture series or seminar is equivalent to 3 credit points, a 4 weekly hour lecture series would be 6 credit points