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Education + Lectures


Teaching is directed towards several goals. On the one hand, research-specific lectures will be provided to guide PhD students rapidly to the frontiers of research. On the other hand, a broad fundamental knowledge and interdisciplinary knowledge will be presented to conceive their scientific work from a broader intellectual point of view. Lectures by distinguished visiting experts will complement the lecture courses, which will also include some of the presently existing lectures at the universities. A lively exchange of ideas between the members of MPQ and the universities together with the PhD students through joint seminars and workshops will provide a stimulating scientific framework.


It is envisaged that students will typically participate in one to two 3-hour lectures per week during the semester, each supported by 1-hour tutorials. Depending on the knowledge of the student, basic courses can be attended to build and strengthen the fundamentals for their PhD. Importantly advanced lectures will sharpen the individual scientific focus of the students. General lectures are thus split into basic and advanced courses. All basic courses are offered at a level beyond the master‘s courses. All lectures are given in English. The students are expected to attend 6 courses from the overall offer in basic and advanced lecture courses and block lectures. For this purpose, certificates can be obtained by the attendance of a course and in some cases passing a written and/or oral exam at the end of the lecture. For obtaining IMPRS credit, please provide either the standard course credit document of the university (if available), or have the lecturer sign this form. Assignments of the lectures to specific lecturers have changed over the years and new courses have been added to the program with the change in the IMPRS-APS faculty. The list of current lectures can be found here.

Thesis Advisory Panels

An important part of the IMPRS-APS program is the yearly meeting of the thesis advisory committee (TAC), see here for more information