Students entering the program at the research phase must either have successfully completed the study phase of the program or have otherwise received an excellent Master's degree with sufficient exposure to physics from elsewhere.
During the research phase, students focus on scientific research for their Ph.D. project which is conducted within a research group led and supervised by an MPSP Fellow. Students are also assigned a co-supervisor, ideally located at another university. Close supervision is ensured through regular meetings and progress reports. The final academic degree is awarded by the university or research organisation with which the supervising MPSP-Fellow is affiliated. Students are also encouraged to conduct short- or mid-term research stays with the research group led by their co-supervisor.
Students are offered various training opportunities and workshops to optain further social or professional competencies such as project management or start-up leadership and organization, as well as more discipline-specific expert seminars. Furthermore, in an effort to establish and maintain a strong network, MPSP study and research phase students participate in MPSP summer and autumn schools.
Additionally, Ph.D. students present and discuss their research progress at doctoral seminars offered on a regular basis, bringing together participants from the various research groups. Due to the nationwide character of the program, courses during the research phase will be provided largely via MPSP Virtual Campus.
Ph.D. research topics available for the research phase of the program
The research fields listed below are currently available for Ph.D. research within the MPSP program. Students applying for entry into the research phase directly are required to provide a preference of at least one (and a maximum of five) of the listed research fields on which they would like to base their Ph.D. research. Specific topics within these fields are presented on the website and can be adapted within the selection process together with the potential supervisor. Changes regarding the preferences can be made before the application deadline.
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