Doktoratskolleg Urbanes Energie- und Mobilitätssystem
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Education and the curriculum

The doctorate college is a unique learning environment for the doctorate candidates. Being embedded in a highly interactive development process results in the learning of skills for successful team work (communication, planning, conflict management) as part of "learning by doing" under the supervision of the project management. By the integration of a large Company (2013-2016), commercial thinking was encouraged additionally.

The opportunity to broaden their professional horizon is significantly higher for the individual doctorate candidates compared with individual mentoring. For the future leaders of research and development departments, especially in the field of energy systems, inter- and trans-disciplinary access and the ability to understand others is most important.

The doctoral programme usually lasts for six semesters. Along with the production of the dissertation (PhD-thesis), a total of 18 ECTS credits must be completed according to current study plans. The doctorate candidates choose a suitable composition of modules from the teaching sessions offered under the URBEM-DK, in consultation with their main mentor. The specificly for URBEM-DK designed lecture series are obligatory and at least one inter-disciplinary skill training.

In addition to the lectures focus is set on the conscientisation for the language of the other disciplines. Teambuilding activities and project weeks as well as regular jourfixes and a two-day workshop after the first half of the curriculum ensure intensive inter-exchange and the implementation of the URBEM-concept.