The administration and documentation of all processes related to your PhD studies once you are matriculated will be done via the MNF Student Admin Tool.
Annual Committee Meetings
Meetings of the PhD candidate and the PhD committee take place at least annually.
Doctoral students are required to gain 12 credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Of these 12 credit points, 6 must be gained from a core set of mandatory courses which all doctoral students must attend. The remaining 6 credit points can be gathered from a number of recommended courses and optional courses offered within the framework of the Graduate School or the wider university.
Important: PhD students who at short notice do not attend courses in which they have reserved places may be asked to refund the costs to the Graduate School.
Mandatory Core Courses
The first four courses described below are offered annually by the Graduate School and all PhDs must visit them. All PhDs must also obtain at least 2 ECTS in transferable skills, of which 1 must cover scientific writing. These transferable skills courses can be selected from the periodic offerings of the Graduate School, or other offerings as decided appropriate by the PhD Committee.
|PhD seminar I||1||Introductionary seminar|
|PhD seminar II||1||Identifying and improving personal weaknesses|
|Principles and Theories in Geography||1||Introduction to cross-disciplinary literature|
|Retreat seminar (to be visited twice)||1||Presentations from on-going research and guest speakers.|
|Scientific writing||1||Course with focus on scientific writing skills for publications and dissertation|
|Transferable skills||1||Grant writing, CV development, presentation skills, and more|
|Language courses||1||Language skills are key in scientific communication and integration in a multi-national workplace|
|Project management||1||Project management skills tailored to doctoral students needs|
|Moderation skills||1||Important skill both for research, teaching and in the workplace|
|Scientific Integrity||1||Ethics of scientific work and interaction with the public|
|GIUZ Lectures||1||Lectures by leading scholars in Geography|
Further Optional Courses
|Methodologically relevant courses||Methodological courses offered by the various UZH competence centres|
|Didactics courses||1-2||Courses offered by the UZH teaching and learning centre|
All PhD students must participate in at least 100 and no more than 420 hours of teaching. This requirement also applies to PhD students who are not stationed at the Department of Geography [PVO IV, 10]. Students and their PhD advisor should lay out a plan for the teaching assistance and include it in the doctoral agreement. Teaching hours at the Science Education Center (in Geography) will be accredited.