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Success in Your Doctorate I: Setting out with enthusiasm (FM VI-1)

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Research Management I Successful Doctorate

Starting point
„Every beginning has its magic“. Many doctoral students start the doctoral period full of euphoria. This initial fascination often fades when concrete work on the dissertation begins. Numerous challenges in this phase make it difficult to actually start working on the doctoral project, which involves highly demanding subject matter, takes a long time, and can become unmanageable in its detail and scope.

Participants are empowered to overcome potential initial barriers and start organizing, planning and managing the starting phase of their doctorate with confidence. They will learn key methods of project and self-management as well as strategies for dealing with supervisors, which will enable them to tackle the first tasks of their doctoral project with self-confidence and determination.


  • PhD phases, PhD agreement & structuring the relationship with the supervisor
  • Motivation strategies
  • Competence analysis: Recognizing, developing and using strengths and weaknesses
  • Content and organizational planning of the dissertation
  • Strategies of scientific work: selection and delimitation of questions, literature research
  • Time- and self-management
  • Recognize & avoid typical challenges in the dissertation process
  • For international doctoral students: German academic culture(s) & dealing with culture shock

Short inputs, individual and small group work on self-reflection, roleplays, peer feedback, experience exchange. Max. participants: 15. Course language: English.

The course is aimed at scientists from all disciplines who are just starting their doctorate. The dissertation topic and funding are prerequisites for participation. The course is not suitable for people who are only considering a doctorate.

Course information

Course numberFM VI-1
DateMon, 18.10.2021, 9:00am-5:00pm (at 1:00pm offline work)
Tue, 19.10.2021, 9:00am-5:00pm (at 1:00pm offline work)
Scope2 days, 10 working units à 45 min
FormatOnline course. Participants receive login data by email prior the course
ToolsVideoconference. Participants who want to prepare prior the course are invited to visit our Praxisblog and our Wiki.
InstructorsDr. Siofra McSherry
Course languageEnglish
FeesFor employees and assistant lectures and registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin, the course is free of charge. For non-employees, please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de for information on fees.
RequirementsParticipants should have English language skills at least the B2 level.
Participants please keep a laptop/ PC with video and audio function or a webcam and headset ready.
CompletionAssuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
CertificateApplicable for certificate Research Management.

For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any content questions regarding the course or organization, please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de.


Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.
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