Doctoral Programme

Our doctoral programme combines a structured and interdisciplinary course with intensive supervision. Our concept seeks to provide as much structure as necessary while allowing for as much academic freedom as possible as the Graduate School aims at enabling our students to develop their own independent research at an early stage. This finds expression in the Curriculum which includes both mandatory and optional elements.


Our courses give the students opportunities to enhance their theoretical and methodological knowledge, extend their research in their academic field and to exchange ideas with other academics. At the same time, the programme is designed to give enough time for individual, concentrated studies on the student's own dissertation project. Some of the general teaching events include theory and methodology seminars, colloquia and the summer school.

Study groups

The study groups are central to our doctoral programme. Like the Graduate School itself, these groups are interdisciplinary and focused around particular themes. One group comprises of approximately ten doctoral students and  postdocs, and two members of teaching staff who lead the group.

International exchange

We encourage international exchange. Our doctoral students may spend two semesters researching abroad. In turn, international Visiting Fellows come to Munich and Regensburg to make use of our extensive academic facilities and to engage in academic dialogue.

Professional training

Alongside the academic qualification, we have created a mentoring programme and continuously organise career workshops to help our students developing the necessary skills to build a successful career, whether in academia or beyond it.