Mandatory Core Courses

Mandatory Core Courses

A core set of six courses which all doctoral students should attend during their doctoral studies.

PhD Seminar I

PhD Seminar I is a 7 week course taught in the autumn semester, which aims to provide, firstly an opportunity for new cohorts of doctoral students to form informal cross-disciplinary networks and secondly to provide a basic set of knowledge of both the regulations and the process of obtaining a PhD within the University of Zurich.
ECTS: 1
Status: mandatory
Skills and competences developed:
networking (+), presentation skills (+), transferable skills (+), career development (+)

PhD Seminar II

PhD seminar II is focussed around a weekend retreat, where cohorts of doctoral students identify areas in which they feel their skills base is weak, and a set of activities and discussions are held to explore these areas. Typically, doctoral students attend this course in their second year of study.
ECTS: 1
Status: mandatory
Skills and competences developed:
networking (++), presentation skills (+), transferable skills (+), career development (+)

Principles and Theories in Geography

Geography is a mature and successful discipline, but increasing specialisation means that many doctoral students are recruited from outside the discipline, and that Masters students often specialise early in their careers. This seminar will introduce doctoral students to a range of cross-disciplinary literature and allow wide ranging discussions of the relevance of this literature, and a broad knowledge of the discipline, to individual research projects.
ECTS: 1
Status: mandatory
Skills and competences developed:
disciplinary knowledge (++), presentation skills (+)

Transferable Skills

Grant writing, CV development, presentation and interview skills are all important elements of doctoral education whether doctoral students plan careers in science, public services or industry. A series of afternoon workshops by external experts will be offered to doctoral students and, where space is available, other interested members of staff.
ECTS: 1
Status: mandatory
Skills and competences developed:
transferable skills (++), career development (++)

Retreat Seminar

A key aim of the graduate programme is to build strong networks between doctoral students. 2nd and 3rd year doctoral students will be invited to attend a weekend retreat and present their research. These retreats will also feature a well-known international guest speaker, and all supervisors will be invited to attend at least once every three years.
ECTS: 0.5+0.5
Status: mandatory
Skills and competences developed:
networking (++), disciplinary knowledge (+), presentation skills (++)