With the structured postgraduate education (SDA) programme, the DIE regularly supports doctoral candidates with their dissertation in a Junior Researcher Group. This structured postgraduate education aims at promoting young scholars in acquiring academic and workplace-related competences.

Doctoral candidates conduct research on empirical education research in the field of adult education in integrated courses and programmes. Graduates of the DIE structured postgraduate education programme

  • have experience in planning, managing, conducting and evaluating educational research projects
  • have a wide range of fundamental knowledge of theoretical and methodological empirical education research (qualitative and quantitative)
  • have detailed knowledge of theories, methodology and processes in their individual fields
  • contribute to scientific evidence in empirical education research by conducting individual research
  • have didactic skills for presenting and communicating educational findings at conferences as well as in academic journals.

The structured education programme, which is marked by four structural features, aims at conveying these skills (see education plan below):

  • systematic and chronologically structured programme
  • extensive supervision as an obligation stated in the postgraduate agreement
  • clearly assigned institutionalised responsibility and organisational positioning at the DIE
  • cross-institutional cooperation with other educational organisations and institutions

Education and Training Programme

The education programme is generally designed for a three-year period and contains a precise draft of specific education objectives for this period in the framework curriculum.

Courses are developed cross-institutionally and are offered both at the DIE as well as at other institutions and universities. It contains three types of courses:

  • Basic modules create a broad research base on methodology and processes of empirical education research. The participation in two basic modules is mandatory and offered at the DIE.
  • Optional compulsory modules meet the individual demands with regard to the dissertation project or other research interests. Two optional compulsory modules are mandatory. Every cooperation institution offers modules for optional compulsory studies according to the specific focus.
  • Optional modules are available in the form of individual competence training for developing research key competences as well as for career planning and counselling. Participation in these modules is optional.

The scientific supervision of the doctoral candidates monitors the dissertation project and includes

  • regular doctoral colloquia, in which doctoral candidates present their project twice during the three-year period,
  • evaluation of and feedback to manuscripts and dissertation within six weeks,
  • annual counselling with regard to membership in professional and trade associations as well as recommended conferences, seminars and publication strategy,
  • biannual meeting on the dissertation status quo between supervisor and doctoral candidate,
  • monitoring of scheduled dissertation process as well as comment on time and work plans.




Dr. Inga Specht


Letzte Änderung: 07/05/2017