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Career Certificates for Doctoral Researchers

The certificate programs "Academia & Research" and "Management & Leadership" prepare doctoral researchers optimally for their career after the doctorate.

The certificates offer you the advantage of structured preparation for your future career path, and the acquisition of appropriate transferable skills already during your doctorate. In addition, you can use the certificate in applications to signal your commitment to potential employers.

At some departments, you can also fulfill parts of the requirements of your structured doctoral program by acquiring the certificate.

As a doctoral student at TU Dortmund University, you can choose from two program lines:

 

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Career Certificate Tracks

The Academia & Research certificate prepares doctoral researchers for the challenges of a research career - on the path to a university professorship or as a researcher outside academia.

The certificate comprises 80 work units from the following areas:

  • Information & Networking: 8 work units.
    • For example, DocDay, DocNet or Fall Academy of the Research Academy Ruhr
       
  • Transferable Skills Training: 64 work units, to be completed in individual qualification areas:
    • Project, time & self management: 16 work units
    • Presenting, communicating & teaching: 16 work units
    • Research, writing & publishing: 16 work units
    • Career within & outside science (focus "career within science"): 16 work units
    • Transfer & Foundation: 16 work units
       
  • Elective area: 8 work units
    • Free choice from the TU Dortmund qualification program

Here you can find an overview of all contents of the certificate as PDF.

 

The certificate "Management & Leadership" prepares doctoral researchers for a variety of career paths in business, science management, or their own start-up.

The certificate comprises 80 work units from the following areas:

  • Information & Networking: 8 work units.
    • For example DocDay, DocNet or Autumn Academy of the Research Academy Ruhr
       
  • Transferable skills: 56 work units, to be completed in individual qualification areas:
    • Project, Time & Self Management OR Presenting, Communicating & Teaching: 16 work units.
    • Career within & outside of academia (focus "career outside of academia") AND Transfer & Foundation: : 40 AE
       
  • Elective area: 16 work units
    • Free choice from the qualification programs of TU Dortmund University

Here you can find an overview of all contents of the certificate as PDF.

Certificate Program: How it works

To participate in one of the two certificate programs, please register once: Click here for registration.

To successfully complete one of the certificates, participants must achieve 80 work units (WU) of specific events and workshops. Each work unit typically includes a workload of 45 minutes - however, the specific indication in the workshop description (or table) applies.

Typical length of events and workshops:

  • Short workshop / information event: 4 WU
  • One-day workshop: 8 WU
  • Two-day workshop: 16 WU

All creditable events are marked and the respective work units are shown! You can find an overview summarized in an Excel chart here. Graduate Center workshops that you have already attended can also be credited.

As soon as you have collected all work units for a certificate, send us an email to graduiertenzentrumtu-dortmundde.

All participations will be listed on the certificate.

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