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BIGS Doctoral Studies Program

The doctoral program of BIGS-OAS begins annually on October 1st. It is divided into a preparation phase (1 year after a M.A. degree, 2 years after a B.A. degree) and a dissertation phase (3 years). During the whole program the doctoral students are accompanied and guided by their doctoral advisor (course of studies) and their mentor (year group).

Preparation phase

During the preparation phase the doctoral students formulate in close cooperation with their doctoral advisor and associated researchers an adequate topic as their dissertation project. In the year group research colloquia a special focus is laid on composing an exposé for applications. By participating in elective seminars of the main curriculum, BIGS-OAS offers intensive training to obtain theoretical, methodological, research and occupational competencies. At the end of the preparation phase, every doctoral student is expected to publicly present their dissertation project at Dies Academicus.

Preparation phase after an M.A. degree (1 year)
1. Participation in eight elective seminars of the main curriculum
2. Participation in the year group research colloquia
3. Presentation of the dissertation project at the summer term Dies Academicus

Preparation phase after a B.A. degree (2 years)
By entering BIGS-OAS, the participants are admitted to the M.A. course of studies “Asian studies”. In the preparation phase their program consists of:
1. Successfully completing all of the modules of the chosen specialization subject in Asian Studies
2. Participating in eight elective seminars of the main curriculum of BIGS-OAS (correlates to the preparation phase after a M.A. Degree)
3. Participating in the year group research colloquia
4. Presentation of the dissertation project at the summer term Dies Academicus in the second year of doctoral studies
A Master's thesis can be conducted in the 4th term of the preparation phase, although this is not mandatory.

Dissertation phase

The dissertation phase is divided into three parts:
1. Doctoral students are expected to spend a research stay or field study in an Asian country for two or three terms, generally intended are the second and third year of the doctoral program. This is an integral part of the doctoral studies; exceptions are projects with philological source analysis with an entire archive in Europe.
2. The dissertation phase is primarily intended for conducting the doctoral thesis. In addition, the doctoral students participate in the year group research colloquia and attend at least five supplementary courses of the main curriculum. Furthermore qualifications in the area of knowledge transfer and management are obtained. At the winter term Dies of the fourth year, the doctoral students publicly present their dissertation projects. The doctoral thesis is expected to be completed by the middle of the fourth year.
3. The last half year of the doctoral program serves as a preparation and completion of the doctoral program in form of a disputation.