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Programme structure

Degree programme phases

The degree programme is organized into two sections. The first is structured into a set of curricular offerings. In this preparation phase, methodical and subject competencies are further expanded. The doctoral students prepare a preliminary study, or research plan, for their dissertation, to be presented in a colloquium. The preliminary study must be approved before continuing the programme.

The second section of the degree programme is the dissertation phase. Research is performed independently, and the results are presented in the form of a dissertation. Seminars or colloquia must be attended in relation to the dissertation. The dissertation is concluded with a disputation, or oral defence. The dissertation must be published before the academic degree may be conferred.

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The contents of the degree programme are oriented to its objective. The programme can focus on the following subject areas :

> Architectural Design Theory
> Sustainable Design
> Sustainable Urban Design and Planning

Modules of the preparation phase include Research Design and Management, Scientific Writing, Sustainability in Architecture and Planning as well as Research- and Design-Methods in Architecture and Planning. The doctoral advisor can also stipulate the attendance of additional modules. The preliminary study represents a research plan. The research question, methodology and method of execution are developed in this phase.

In the dissertation phase, two seminars ( e.g. Doctoral Consortium in Architecture and Planning and International Conference Participation and Paper Presentation) are to be attended in the respective area of focus. The topic of the dissertation is oriented to the selected area of focus. It can be written as a monograph or as a cumulative dissertation thesis.

“If a man will begin with certainties,
he shall end in doubts ;
but if he will be content to begin with doubts,
he shall end in certainties.”
Francis Bacon ( 1561 – 1626 )


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