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Qualification Aims and Curriculum

The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies combines the German model of highly individualised doctoral studies and a system of guided courses. The qualification programme aims to develop scholarly knowledge on the specific theories and methodologies related to the transcultural and interdisciplinary approach of the Cluster as well as soft skills relevant to an academic but also non-academic career. Finally, we support our candidates in further scholarly activities, e.g. attending conferences, to facilitate early academic independence.

Mandatory Courses

The structured doctoral programme of the GPTS runs for a maximum of three years. While the second year does not include any mandatory courses, but is dedicated to the collection and analysis of the relevant data, doctoral students have to attend a number of courses during the first and third year.

These courses in the form of lectures, reading classes and colloquiums, are designed to familiarise them with the theoretically transcultural and methodologically interdisciplinary approach of the Cluster. Soft skills workshops train the doctoral students to plan and manage their project and express their results in a fluent academic language.

In additions, doctoral candidates are required to attend regular meetings or colloquiums of the Cluster/HCTS.


First Year, Winter Semester

  • Workshop "Welcome at the HCTS"
  • Reading Class "Transcultural Theories and Methods"
  • Research Colloquium
  • Workshop "Strategies for a Successful Doctorate"
  • optional: Lecture "Introduction to Transcultural Studies"
  • General Meeting / Jour Fixe

First Year, Summer Semester

  • Reading Class "Transcultural Theories and Methods"
  • Research Colloquium
  • Workshop "Academic Writing in English"
  • General Meeting / Jour Fixe

Second Year

  • No mandatory courses!

Third Year, Winter Semester

  • Research Colloquium 
  • General Meeting / Jour Fixe

Third Year, Summer Semester

  • Research Colloquium
  • Workshop: "Writing-Up and Presentation of Results"
  • General Meeting / Jour Fixe


Dr. Oliver Lamers
Administrative Manager
Tel: +49-6221-54-4005
Fax: +49-6221-54-4012

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