Students in the programme must fulfil the requirements for a doctorate in their chosen discipline. These requirements vary from subject to subject, but usually involve attending a graduate seminar ("Oberseminar" or equivalent) over a minimum of three or four semesters. This course will usually be taught by the candidate's main supervisor. It will provide opportunities to present and discuss research ideas. Doctoral students must also write and publish a doctoral thesis. or, in some cases, a series of articles (cumulative thesis).
The doctoral programme in Environment and Society is designed to offer candidates a range of academic activities to strengthen both their academic profile and their soft skills. It goes beyond the range of an individual doctoral degree in a particular discipline, preparing them for careers in academia and beyond. In addition to the requirements for doctoral study within their chosen discipline, members of the doctoral programme are required to do the following:
a) They must attend the international and interdisciplinary "Lunchtime Colloquium" series, which takes place weekly during the semester at the Rachel Carson Center, for at least four semesters (totalling around fifty sessions) over the course of the programme. The Lunchtime Colloquium provides insights into the field of environmental studies, facilitates networking with experts from all over the world, and ensures that doctoral researchers are a key element of the wider academic community.
b) They must attend the doctoral workshops ("Doktorandentage", doctoral retreats) organised within the programme. The aim of these workshops is to provide an opportunity for networking and to give candidates a platform to present their research to fellow students, members of the wider RCC community, and other interested parties. Candidates should present their work at a minimum of two such workshops over the course of their membership in the programme, and should be involved in organising at least one such workshop or equivalent event.
c) Attend at least one soft skills workshop (e.g., Academic Writing in English, Didactics, Project Management, etc.) offered by the LMU GraduateCenter, the LMU Center for Leadership and People Management, or another provider. Certified participation in one of these workshops is a programme requirement, but participants are encouraged to attend as many as they find useful.
d) They must attend a minimum of two academic conferences, preferably presenting their own research.
e) They must attend regular meetings (individual progress meetings and information meetings) with the programme coordinator. These meetings give candidates the opportunity to exchange information about the programme and also about individual challenges and progress made. By the end of their first semester in the programme, candidates should submit a timetable for their dissertation to their supervisors and the programme coordinator. This timetable will form the basis of progress checks.