The Graduate Academy's Qualification Programme

Doctoral students and postdocs can choose courses and events from areas to

  • further qualify themselves academically
  • receive different additional qualifications and
  • receive support for any questions concerning career orientation and development.

Overview of the Six Qualification Areas

Key Qualifications for Doctoral Candidates

Target Group

Doctoral candidates at the start, research or completion phase of their doctorates

Goals

Successful completion of the doctorate
Knowledge of the general conditions

Content

Teaching of interdisciplinary competences, accompanying the start, research and completion phases of the doctorate.

Information about the structural, institutional and legal general conditions of a doctorate.

Exchange of information regarding the different doctorate cultures in different subjects and groups of subjects.

Succeeding in Science and Academia

Target Group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs working as academic staff and who are confronted with science on a daily basis and/or wanting to pursue a career in academia/at the University.

Goals

How to successfully tackle tasks, situations and challenges in day-to-day academic life

Gain knowledge about university structures; key focus on research and teaching (especially at the University of Greifswald)

Content

Teaching of interdisciplinary, research and academically relevant competencies that are particularly related to a day-to-day careers in academia or at the University as a specific academic institution

Information on parties, institutions and processes that are relevant for research and teaching and their interaction (especially at the University of Greifswald)

Reflecting on Science

In cooperation with the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald (Institute for Advanced Studies)

Target Group

Doctoral students and postdocs, members of the Junges Kolleg Greifswald and anyone else interested

Goals

Comprehensive and general scientific perception of the world

Argumentation and communication skills surpassing those gained during academic training, both interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary, as well as in contexts beyond the bounds of science

Compatibility of your own research (scientific, economic, political and social)

Content

Reflection of goals, methods and systematisation in various disciplines

Reflection of the ethical and legal dimensions of science

Rules and strategies for communication in science, in particular for your own research (both within the scientific community and in public)

Management, Leadership, Communication

Target Group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs, aspiring management positions inside or outside of science

Goals

Leadership and social competence

Learning how to take on management responsibility in managing positions inside or outside of science

Content

Teaching and practising of management competence, e.g. in the areas of team, leadership and organisation management

Teaching and practising of skills to tackle conflicts of day-to- day work life and in specific team and negotiation situations constructively

Teaching and practising of intercultural competence

Career Planning and Career Paths

Target Group

Doctoral candidates, postdocs and their supervisors

Goals

Development of medium and long-term career goals in science and industry

Independent planning and preparation of the next steps

Content

Seminars on career planning, as well as decision-marking with regards to locations and potential

Possibilities for exchanging knowledge about questions concerning the planning and realisation of your future career, as well as career perspectives in science and industry

Pointing out of career perspectives

Good Scientific Practice

Target Group

Doctoral students and postdocs, members of the Junges Kolleg Greifswald and anyone else interested

Goals

Awareness of good scientific practice as an essential element of day-to- day life in research and teaching

Awareness of the ethical principles of scientific research

Awareness of the problems of day-to- day scientific life

Content

Information about and awareness for the rules of good scientific practice

Intensive analysis of the rules of good scientific practice in the various fields of science, the subject-specific forms of scientific misconduct and the grey areas

Reflection of the ethical aspects of scientific work