Qualification Concept

The qualification concept of the graduate research training programme includes the following four key components:

Scientific colloquium

The colloquium is the place for presentations of and joint debates on individual research proposals and findings.


Compulsory specialist seminars giving insights into theories, research techniques and methodological tools to investigate social spaces provide the knowledge base needed for collaborative work and create opportunities for PhD students to flesh out concepts and pursue innovative approaches in their doctoral theses.

Excellent thesis supervision

An interdisciplinary three-person team of academic supervisors looks after each doctoral student individually and on a regular basis.

International networking

National and international visiting scholars on space and society will be regularly invited for lectures and workshops. In addition, a grant for a two-month research period will be awarded every year by the MGK to one PhD student from abroad, whose thesis is thematically relevant. The MGK also encourages and funds periods to study abroad for their own doctoral candidates at institutions outside Germany.

Self-organised academic activities

Conceiving and realising international workshops and collaborations with extramural partner institutions and industry will help to spark innovation and encourage a sense of responsibility as well as academic autonomy in research-associated doctoral students.

Customised training courses

Soft skills training is compulsory and topical workshops are optional to close knowledge gaps within and across disciplines, and to provide core competences and training in integrated thinking in collaborative networks.