Programme Structure


Curriculum requirements

First Year:

  • Survey Course on Transnational Studies
  • Research Design and Research Colloquia
  • Statistics
  • Independent research on dissertation project
  • BTS Methods Workshops
  • Transferable Skills Workshops incl. English Academic Writing

Second Year:

  • Research Colloquium
  • Independent research on dissertation project
  • Teaching a class or cooperation with a third-party funded project at one of the partnering institutions (can be carried out during second or third year)
  • Transferable Skills Workshops

Third Year:

  • Research Colloquium
  • Independent research on dissertation project
  • Teaching a seminar or cooperation with a third-party funded project at one of the cooperating institutions (can be carried out during second or third year)


Milestones

All PhD candidates must submit a June Paper or equivalent on 30 June every year. Progress review meetings with supervisors are to take place afterwards. In this meeting, the progress of the research project, the work plan, and the supervision situation should be discussed. The progress report form is a guideline for your discussion and can be filled out at the same time. It should help you review the outcome of the meeting, and it helps us to keep track of your progress. A copy of the completed progress report needs to be sent to the Coordination Office via email by 1 August.

First year:

The June Paper is an advanced research proposal which reflects your work during your first year at the BTS. An early version of the June Paper should be presented in the 1st year colloquium in the summer term.

Second year:

The equivalent of a June Paper consists of some chapters of your thesis. The exact requirement needs to be defined by your first supervisor.

Third year:

In the best possible scenario, the equivalent of the June Paper is the final draft of your thesis. In case this is not possible, you have two options:

  • Agree with your first supervisor on the date of submission of your final draft, the date of submission being no later than 30 August. Your first supervisor needs to send an email to the Coordination Office announcing the new deadline – ideally this email would include the date of the progress review meeting as well. This email needs to be sent on 30 June at the latest.
  • Submit your work in progress as an equivalent of the June Paper following the normal submission procedure (by 30 June), also make sure to hold your progress review meeting and submit the corresponding report (by 1 August).
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