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PhD program

Theory courseThe ICS PhD training program is intense and highly structured, while at the same time providing ample opportunities to the PhD students to develop a project of their own.
The structure of the training program is as follows:

  • During the entire four‑year period, work on the dissertation is carried out under close supervision of ICS faculty and external experts.
  • In the initial eighteen months, students are offered various courses in theory construction, research methods, and the integration of theory and research methods, in combination with practical training.
  • During all courses, the PhD students work in small groups on assignments with special emphasis on a critical application of theoretical knowledge to problems of empirical research.
  • In the remaining thirty months, the PhD students regularly present their research in progress in seminars attended by ICS faculty and other university faculty. This phase likewise includes an external traineeship.