The MDC Graduate School curriculum consists of different modules, encompassing individual supervision, scientific and personal skills training, presentation and outreach activities, and more.
The MDC Graduate office regularly offers 2-day orientation sessions for the new students, where they discuss university regulations, MDC training activities, Graduate school structure, curriculum and credit system, as well as general topics such as good scientific practice, collaboration or open science, in a small group of new MDC doctoral students, presenting both the Campus Buch and Campus Mitte. MDC orientations sessions are a good opportunity to meet new colleagues, learn about science at the MDC and much more.
Supervision and research progress
Over the course of their studies, each doctoral researcher will have at least three meetings with a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC), consisting of the PhD supervisor and two additional scientists from the MDC or partner institutions. These meetings are intended to provide researchers with advice and formalized regular guidance of the dissertation project progress.
Science and research-related training
The MDC offers a number of lectures, seminars, and courses, necessary for the development of early-career researchers. Courses organised on campus include computational training, biostatistics, data analysis, programming, machine learning, imaging, experimental science and methods, analytical tools and more. Good scientific practice training is obligatory for all doctoral researchers.
Doctoral researchers can apply for travel grants to support their participation in international scientific courses and workshops, or extended visits at a partner laboratory abroad.
Personal skills training
The MDC offers a range of personal skills courses on campus, tailored to the needs of early-stage researchers, including soft skills courses (e.g. scientific writing, communication and presentation, teamwork and networking, intercultural competence etc.), career development training (e.g. career pathway opportunities, grant & fellowship applications, management & leadership) and language courses.
Presentations and outreach
PhD researchers are required to present their work to the scientific community on occasions such as the MDC student seminar presentation, PhD retreat, campus symposium or international conferences. Other opportunities include:
The MDC Graduate School supports participation in international conferences via travel grants.
PhD researchers at the MDC may get involved in the organization of events such as Graduation ceremony, PhD retreat or other campus events (invitation of external speakers, seminars, journal clubs, Career day etc.).