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The BTS offers a wide variety of courses in cooperation with the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) and the Hertie School of Governance (Hertie School). For a few years now, we have been successfully sharing our resources in order to provide you with a great set of methods and skills workshops in support of your PhD studies. PhD students can obtain credit points for their attendance. These include methods workshops, transferable skills workshops, and the opportunity to gain teaching or project management experience.


BTS Methods Workshops

Optional workshops are held regularly at the BTS, covering a range of topics from quantitative and qualitative research methods to transferable skills. PhD candidates can also suggest ideas for future workshops they would be interested in. 

Regular workshops include:

  • Discourse analysis 
  • Interview techniques
  • Qualitative comparative analysis 
  • Process Tracing


Transferable Skills

These courses prepare candidates for their future careers with training, for example, in:

  • Advanced writing skills
  • English academic writing (obligatory for non-native speakers)
  • Presentation skills
  • Knowledge management
  • Teaching methods/university didactics
  • Language classes

During their first and second years, candidates are required to participate in at least two of these courses, which are offered as one- or two-day workshops.


Knowledge Transfer

In their second or third year, candidates are required to complete one of the following:

  • Teach a class: teach one class on the bachelor’s or master’s level in their field of research at one of the three member institutions or at a university of their choice.
  • Research project: participate in an associated research project at one of the three BTS member institutions.

Furthermore, all candidates have the possibility to take part in other workshops organised by the Dahlem Research School.  

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