PhD program and mobility

DocMASE Programme Structure

The joint doctoral programme DocMASE consists of an individual research project and a module of courses. The course module comprises 30 ECTS:



  • 15 ECTS for scientific courses
  • 10 ECTS for courses on intercultural skills
  • 5 ECTS for courses on complementary skills





The following elements are associated to the research activities:



Candidates have to write a dissertation (doctoral thesis) in one of the four topics. It has to be a personal contribution to the advance of knowledge in the field with collaboration between at least two groups from different partner universities.




The doctoral students will be co-mentored by professors of two universities of the consortium.




Attending scientific seminars as well as presenting individual research findings in seminars is compulsory.




Students are required to publish their results in scientifically renowned peer-review journals and to attend conferences.



Thesis defence:

The scientific work has to be defended in a Colloquium that serves for proof of the scientific qualification of the doctoral student. Thesis defence follows a joint procedure of both universities at which the candidate carries out the doctorate and in accordance with local regulations.





Scientific courses:

Specialised post-graduate courses related to the research topics will be offered. The courses each doctoral student is supposed to attend will be selected on an individual basis, taking into account the background of the candidate and the requirements for developing the specific research work.



Intercultural skills:

Courses and seminars related to international and intercultural competences will be defined for each candidate by the Universities. Examples of contents are: development of training on intercultural communication, international project management, or dealing with international customers. Furthermore, language courses will be offered and can be attended to complete the 10 ECTS.



Complementary skills:

Courses and seminars as defined for each candidate by each university will be provided by universities or by industrial partners. Some examples are:

  • Personal/social competences: body language & voice, rhetoric, emotional intelligence, conflict management, global communication.
  • Information retrieval, personal organisation & effectiveness; publication & thesis writing.
  • Professional issues in science: research ethics and technical presentation skills.
  • Career planning, interview skills, negotiation skills and entrepreneurship, industrial quality management.
  • Grant proposal writing: EC funding opportunities, funding opportunities for young researchers, information sources, proposal writing tools, budget calculation.
  • EU Project Management: Contractual management, administrative management & reporting, financial & research management, risk management & contingency planning, documentation & archiving, project management tools.



Summer schools:

They will be organised by the consortium once a year. Courses will be given by local and invited experts on important current subjects related to the DocMASE topics. Candidates will be accredited 2 ECTS/week as part of the scientific courses. Participation in at least 2 summer schools is compulsory.




Two-day workshops will be organised once a year for the scientific exchange among the Network members. Doctoral candidates should present their own research activities, allowing to explore possibilities for further co-operation and to follow the achievements of doctoral students in relation to their work plan.




Two types of mobility:

  • Mobility to one of the partner universities: students must go at least to a second university for at least 6 months (not necessarily consecutive).
  • Mobility to one (or more) associated partner(s) for at least two weeks. 


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