Study programme

The study and qualification concept consists of a combination of transdisciplinary, practice-oriented training and courses to accompany the research, thus promoting practical acquisition of knowledge and experience. The study programme is based on years of experience at Hildesheim in the supervision of postdocs and PhD students and is designed in such a way that both interdisciplinary and subject-specific courses are offered. The form and intensity of the supervision varies over the course of the PhD: At the beginning the focus is on the inter- and transdisciplinary positioning of the student’s own PhD project and analysis of the academic methods and issues specific to the training group, while, towards the end of the PhD, intensive collaboration with one’s supervisor becomes increasingly important.

In addition to the interdisciplinary meetings (colloquia) of all participants and the annual conference organised by the PhD students, which both provide a forum for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, the qualification programme comprises three further levels: Firstly, research participation in the Hildesheim project semester, which takes place every two years and in which aesthetic-practice projects are developed and executed, underlines the relevance of the reciprocal relationship between academic reflection and aesthetic practice for the students’ own research projects; secondly, close supervision in decentralised subject groups helps the students to focus on their own individual research perspective; and thirdly, e-learning enables students to carry out work and research outside of Hildesheim as well. The programme is rounded off by the teaching of key competencies for the students’ academic careers as well as accompanying reflection on and discussion of academic practice.

Upcoming events within the framework of the study and qualification program

Third Intensive Meeting of the Research Training Group "Aesthetic Practice"

05. – 07.10.2020, Bildungshaus Zeppelin & Steinberg e.V., Goslar

Topic: Interim report (first cohort of doctoral students)


Method Workshop "Ästhetische Praxis be/schreiben".

20.11.20, online (BBB)


Competence Workshop "Publishing in Science"

15 + 17 + 19.02.2021 online (BBB) with Barbara Handke


Fourth Intensive Meeting of the Research Training Group "Aesthetic Practice"

22. – 24.03.2021