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TitleDoctorate Degree
Date23.04.2017 - 05:22h

Cooperative Doctorates

Since research has become part of daily routine at universities of applied sciences, doctorates are no longer an exception. So-called third-party funds,money that is not provided by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or the state of Germany, currently make up one fourth of the university’s budget. A large part of these third-party funds was raised by researchers in third-party projects. This is partly the task of project assistants, some of whom work on subjects that are suitable for a doctorate in a qualification phase. Professors from Wismar University are responsible for supervising these scientific topics, while the doctoral procedures still only take place at universites. If professors from universities of applied sciences are involved in doctoral procedures, these are called cooperative doctorates, regardless of whether the doctoral candidate graduated from a university or a university of applied sciences. Professors can participate as examiners, supervisors and also as members of a doctoral committee.

Consulting offers and doctoral workshops

The Graduate School is a contact point for consulting people interested in a doctorate. While there are central information events, the focus is most of all on individual consulting. Financing possibilities for a doctoral project are always an issue. There are important points of intersection with the research programme advisory service at the Department of Research and Innovation, the language education at the Language Centre, the international exchange programmes at the International Office and of course also the career advisory service at Robert Schmidt Institute at Wismar University. The Graduate School has been offering doctoral colloquia across faculties every six weeks since 2012.

The topics included “Scientific Writing in English” together with the Language Centre, peer reviewing and an “E-learning training for junior lecturers” at the computing centre at Wismar University that included an overview of e-learning options, using live conferences, learning management systems from the lecturer’s perspective and advice on developing a concept. Another topic was “Presenting – structured, coherent and lively”, speech training for junior academics including practical rhetorical means, voice work, articulation and body language. In parallel, the development of the doctoral projects was presented and discussed on an interdisciplinary basis.

These presentations are organised and documented on StudIP. The umbrella organisations that have just been founded announce these offers to our doctoral candidates at the Rostock, Greifswald and Wismar locations. If there are free places, these can often be used without charge. Networking is an important source of input for all participants of the doctoral workshops.

Looking forward

Research and innovation are naturally part of the tasks at universities of applied sciences as they are closely linked to teaching. With their projects, researchers have contributed substantially to university funding. In total, the volume of third-party funds including teaching projects made up about one fourth of the overall budget of Wismar University. Wismar University, which has more than 8,500 students, is now one of the mid-size universities in Germany and the third-largest university in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern after Rostock University and Greifswald University.

The option to engage in a doctorate as part of a cooperative procedure has to equally naturally be open to graduates of Wismar University as it has to be possible for professors at universities of applied sciences to participate in doctoral procedures as examiners. Partnerships in the field of Engineering demonstrate how it can work and that it does work. In other scientific fields, a culture of being prepared to cooperate needs to be strengthened significantly on the part of the universities, for which their privileged right to award doctorates also involves a commitment to universities of applied sciences. Supervision agreements are also an expression of academic acceptance. There has to be further support from the Ministry of Education with regard to the admission issues for the solitary study courses Architecture, Civil Engineering and Maritime Studies. The amendment to the University Law of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a good opportunity to take a stance.

The university management and the faculty chairs have formulated the fundamental aim to support junior academics and develop instruments for supporting doctoral candidates in terms of scholarships and personnel development.


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Marion Wienecke
Vice-rector for research