The official course duration comprises six semesters. ARUS fits into the Bologna system of Bachelor-Master-Doctoral Degree and is based on recommendations by the "German Council of Science and Humanities" ("Wissenschaftsrat") and the "German Rector's Conference" ("Hochschulrektorenkonferenz").
The main features of the bilingual (German/English) structured doctoral programme ARUS are the following: the combination of individual and group supervision, a structured admission process with an interview with the ARUS board, a broad research horizon in urban studies, completion of specifically designed courses accompanying work on the doctoral thesis, participation in international conferences, formal monitoring of progress, the possibility of acquiring teaching experience in the competition for teaching assignments in the Master's programme "Urban Systems", regular doctoral colloquia, close organisational and professional links with the Master's programme "Urban Systems", and institutional support for career planning in the form of a "scientific agora" which organises contacts with research institutions in the region. The aim of these measures is to significantly reduce the time of completion of a doctoral degree while ensuring a high quality of education.
The course of studies will typically be organised as follows (variations are possible depending on the requirements of individual research projects):
1) Study term 1: in the first semester (winter semester), in addition to refining their projects and working on their theses, candidates participate in courses in selected fields relevant to their theses.
2) Research term 1: research for the doctoral thesis (literature review, field research, empirical surveys, laboratory tests, etc.)
3) Study term 2: in the third semester, in addition to working on their theses, candidates participate in courses and present their research projects in a colloquium.
4) Research term 2: research for the doctoral thesis (literature review, field research, empirical surveys, laboratory tests, etc.)
5) Writing phase: from the fifth semester onwards, students focus on the completion of their doctoral theses; preparation of presentation in a doctoral colloquium and at a minimum of one international conference
For more information see: http://www.uni-due.de/arus
Written dissertation, defence of the dissertation and oral examination