International Programmes 2020/2021

Integrated Research Training Group (iRTG) Polymers: Random Coils and Beyond Polymers: Random Coils and Beyond

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg • Halle (Saale)

Doctoral Degree (Dr rer nat)
Doctoral degree or degree awarded by
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
In cooperation with
SFB/TRR 102 "Polymers under multiple constraints"
(Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Leipzig University)
Teaching language
  • English

The official language for all iRTG courses and in the lab is English. Optional classes (general course curriculum at MLU and UL) can be in German. Language training in English and German is part of the iRTG additional qualifications programme. Participants can choose to write their doctoral theses in English or German.

Programme duration
7 semesters
Only for doctoral programmes: any time
More information on beginning of studies
Continuous entry into the programme is possible.
Application deadline

Rolling application – no fixed deadline

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The doctoral programme is part of the international cross-disciplinary Collaborative Research Center SFB/TRR 102 "Polymers under Multiple Constraints" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Mainly focused on physics, projects branch out to macromolecular chemistry and the biosciences, bridging diverse disciplines and topics: polymer crystallisation, surfaces and thin films, nanoparticles, nanostructured polymers and block copolymers, structural investigations by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and amyloid aggregation. Thus, the iRTG addresses common, fundamental issues in polymer structure formation.
The programme runs jointly at the universities of Halle and Leipzig. Based on their over 500 years of traditions, students benefit from training at both institutions – allowing for a competitive, multifaceted programme while creating a stimulating research environment with tailor-made individual training plans, fit to the needs of the individual student.

Course organisation

The external training programme of the graduate school consists of specific scientific education and workshops to improve soft skills of the doctoral candidates. Many of the courses are full two-day blocks in order to facilitate the exchange between the two cities.

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International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Language training provided
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • DFG (e.g. Research Training Groups)
  • Other (e.g. state level)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
Approx. 230 EUR per semester, including free public transport
Costs of living
Approx. 700 EUR per month
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Accepted doctoral students are employed by DFG projects. Funded positions are provided (net 1,200 EUR/month, for three to four years of thesis work).
There will be no admission without proper funding to cover living expenses.
Academic admission requirements

Applicants should have a German diploma ("Diplom") or Master of Science degree in physics or chemistry. Depending on the scientific thesis project, a degree in material science, engineering, or biochemistry might be applicable.

Language requirements

Very good command of the English language in reading and writing is mandatory. Knowledge of the German language is recommended and helpful, but it is not mandatory.

Application deadline

Rolling application – no fixed deadline

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Structured research and supervision
Research training / discussion
Career advisory service
  • Mentoring system
  • Alumni network
  • Career workshops
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Accompanying programme
  • Visa matters
Supervisor-student ratio
There are between four and eight doctoral students in each research group.

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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