The major objective of these modules is interdisciplinary knowledge transfer in important fields of materials science including essential related methods. In total, 6 scientific and 4 methods modules are offered as two-day courses. Doctoral candidates may choose 5 of these modules to obtain a minimum of 10 credit points (CP - 1 module corresponds to 2 CP). In addition to the principal investigators, international guest lecturers and industrial partners are involved in the courses ensuring the interdisciplinary and international character of the training. Two or three principal investigators will be responsible for each module. In general, the modules are organized as follows:
- Preparation phase: Doctoral candidates coming from different disciplines will obtain a basic know-how before participating in the required modules.
- Basics: The preparation phase, recapitulation of the basics, and the introduction of the respective scientific area are the main objectives.
- Scientific focus: The specific knowledge of the research areas is presented and discussed with respect to the academic profile of the Graduate School.
- Within the scientific modules, major related methods are included. For doctoral candidates who want to broaden and improve their practical skills, an additional elective practical course is offered in terms of a tandem model (e.g., a doctoral candidate from physics explains a specific method in nanomanipulations to a student from chemistry; see also Tutoring).
To achieve personal and professional skills and competences a number of courses are offered by the Graduate School itself, and centrally by the Research Academy Leipzig. Doctoral candidates can choose the courses according to their own demands and interests (in accordance with the Personal Development Plan). In total 5 CP have to be acquired during the three-year program. The courses will be offered as one- or two-day workshops during one semester.
Every year an interdisciplinary workshop for doctoral candidates will be organized. Within the workshop doctoral candidates who finished their first year of graduate studies have to report their scientific progress to an interdisciplinary audience. Inspired by previous experiences in the organization of such events the workshop will take place outside the university's grounds in a separate location close to Leipzig to foster intensive scientific discussion within the interdisciplinary audience and create a scientific atmosphere undisturbed by day-to-day business. Doctoral candidates will obtain 1 CP for their presentation.