In the Masters/Doctoral Programme students are prepared for their thesis work by a one-year training programme. This consists of an introduction to the MSc programme, two training modules one theoretical module and four laboratory rotations. The research phase is accompanied by a thesis committee programme and further training units.
Training modules: The training modules teach the students scientific concepts and technical and intellectual skills necessary for doctoral research in the chosen field of study. The first two modules are to be selected from subject modules available in the Masters course. The modules in this programme train technical skills and provide extensive training in theoretical work, such as planning of experiments, writing of scientific manuscripts and reviews.
Rotations: Lab rotations serve several purposes; they allow students to learn how research is conducted in different fields or groups; they teach general and specific lab techniques; they provide students with personal connections to a large number of fellow students, postdocs and labs or institutes. The rotation phase will include four rotations, each consisting of preparatory time for reading, 6 weeks of research followed by one week for writing a report in the format of a research paper and preparing a seminar talk which will be presented to students and faculty of the programme. An oral examination about a wider biological theme will assess the student after two out of these four rotations. These two rotations are called laboratory modules The rotation period also functions as a further test period to assess whether the student is qualified for the programme.
Curriculum during the Doctoral Thesis
During the Doctoral Thesis, a number of accompanying workshops are offered by the Graduate School for Biological Sciences. Besides the work in scientific research, the “Core Programme” intends to train the student’s additional skills required for a successful scientific career.