The Young Scientists Mentoring Programme at the University of Klagenfurt offers students guidance and advice for a fixed period of time from an experienced researcher in a relevant scientific community at another research institute.
In addition to writing the thesis, you also have to attend courses and complete additional coursework as part of your doctoral programme. Compulsory requirements and the required load of each (e.g. number of ECTS credits) are outlined in the relevant curriculum and specified in the thesis agreement. The courses should accompany the thesis project and support your research as much as possible; all other activities must relate to your thesis project.
Courses for the doctoral programme can be selected in the Universität Klagenfurt campus system. In general, only courses from this area are recognised. In exceptional cases, you may take seminars from relevant Master’s programmes. Sometimes, at the discretion of the programme directors, ECTS credits can also be awarded for external activities such as conference presentations, participation in summer schools, etc.
You usually decide which courses to take in partnership with your supervisor; a “training plan”, tailored to your individual thesis project, is outlined in the thesis agreement. In addition to subject-specific courses, it is also recommended that you attend courses aimed at interdisciplinary participants. These courses cover topics relevant to doctoral students in general, regardless of subject (courses on methodological training, academic writing, publication strategies and conference visits, etc.) Courses are to be attended in parallel to your research, which is why many faculties only take into account a limited number of seminars taken before the public presentation.
Other activities such as presentations at international conferences, workshops, teaching activities, publications and requirements fulfilled at other universities can be included in the thesis agreement. In this instance, achievement is also evidenced in the form of ECTS credits.