The RTG1721 has a credit point-based curriculum that includes study and mentoring elements. Over the course of studies, the doctoral candidate should acquire 30 credit points (CPs) for curricular activities. A combination of mandatory and optional activities will allow the doctoral researcher to assemble a curriculum according to individual needs and project focus, while ensuring a sufficient breadth of knowledge in structural biology methods.
Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC)
Each doctoral candidate has a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC), with at least two PIs from the RTG1721 plus one PI from an external institution. If appropriate, an experienced postdoctoral researcher can be part of a TAC as well.
The doctoral researcher will schedule a TAC meeting once a year, so that in total three (with an optional fourth) meeting will take place.
The TAC committee will discuss the results, evaluate whether the doctoral researcher is on track or give guidance with respect to an adjustment of the project. The doctoral researcher will have the opportunity to discuss any problems in a closed session in absence of the direct supervisor. Likewise, the supervisor will have the opportunity to discuss any problems in the absence of the doctoral candidate. Each TAC meeting will be concluded with a short written and signed report with suggestions for future actions.
The doctoral candidate, the supervisor and the other TAC members sign a supervision agreement. In this supervision agreement, the basic rules for the supervision and thesis advisory committee as well as expectations for the doctoral candidate are stated. In addition, the parties sign to adhere to good scientific practice.