The MDC Graduate School curriculum consists of scientific and professional training modules. The school operates a credit point system, which students can use to monitor their progress and identify further training needs. New students on campus will be invited to an orientation session, during which all aspects of doctoral training at the MDC will be explained.
1 - Regular PhD Project Committee meetings
Over the course of the PhD, each MDC student will have at least three meetings with a PhD Project Committee consisting of the PhD supervisor and two additional scientists from the MDC or partner institutions. These meetings are intended to provide students with advice and formalized regular guidance regarding the progress of the dissertation project.
2 - Scientific and research-related training
The MDC offers a number of lectures, seminars, and courses for early-career researchers that are advertised through the MDC event database, the MDC training database, the PhD Office, or individual departments.
Students can apply for travel grants to support their participation in international scientific courses and workshops, or extended visits at a partner laboratory abroad.
MDC Training Database (internal access only)
3 - Presentation at scientific meetings
Students are required to present their work to the scientific community on occasions such as the PhD Retreat, Campus Symposium or international conferences. The MDC Graduate School supports participation in international conferences by awarding travel grants, for which students can apply once per year.
4 - Transferable skills training
The MDC offers a range of courses on campus tailored to the needs of early-stage researchers. All courses are announced in the training database on the intranet (internal access only).
1. Soft skills courses: These courses cover topics such as scientific communication and presentation, general management skills, leadership and supervision, cooperation and teamwork, networking, intercultural competence etc.
2. IT courses for scientists
3. Language courses: Intensive German classes for beginners take place every year in October and May, advanced courses are organized throughout the year. For details, contact Annette Schledz or the PhD Office. Other language courses (English, Hebrew) are announced in the MDC training database.
4. Teaching Opportunities, e.g. in the Gläsernes Labor on campus (only in German)
5. Project management: Through independent organization of PhD retreats, participation in the organization of campus events (invitation of external speakers, seminars, journal clubs, Career Day etc.)