Phd programme

The TEEME consortium is committed to a structured, ‘needs-based’ approach to its doctoral programme, recognizing the necessity for formal, high-level generic and subject-specific training accompanied by personal development plans to enable doctoral candidates to pursue effective, independent and original research. Training and coursework are fully integrated in the organization of  the programme which is built on the wide experience within the consortium of doctoral supervision, co-tutelle arrangements, and international postgraduate communities.

The Dahlem Research School in Berlin

Two of the consortium partners (Kent and FU Berlin) have Graduate Schools which provide a supportive and stimulating interdisciplinary environment for early career researchers. The Kent Graduate School offers a transferable skills development programme and further funding and study opportunities through links with research councils and other national and international organizations. All TEEME students will benefit from this in semester 1. The Dahlem Research School in Berlin provides a unique context for postgraduate students and a systematic training programme in disciplinary, transdisciplinary and transferable skills, as well as further career development measures. Porto and CU Prague have a longstanding tradition in producing top-class Humanities graduates and an excellent track record in research supervision.

A recent international conference at Porto

The dedicated interdisciplinary research centres listed in the research profile organize regular seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the academic year, often with the participation of international speakers. Opportunities exist at all sites to engage in research contexts not specifically dedicated to the early modern period. Students on the programme will be actively encouraged to expand their knowledge and research interests, make useful national and international contacts, and engage in cross-disciplinary debates, by participating in some or all of these activities throughout their three years of study.

The programme is divided into six semesters. Each cohort will spend the first semester at Kent which will help to establish a sense of group identity. Kent has been chosen as the location for semester 1 because of the varied training programme offered by its established Graduate School, because the introductory module ‘TEEME: Theory and Practice’, taught through the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, relies on input by Kent and London-based associated partners, and because the local language, English, is also the language of tuition, shared by all students (see our language policy).

Kent graduates

All training and research activities will receive full recognition in the form of ECTS credits (ECTS: European Credit Transfer System). Over the three years of the degree students will acquire a minimum of 180 credits, split into 120 credits for research activities and work on the thesis (the ‘research strand’) and 60 credits for skills training, curricular elements and the work placement (the ‘skills strand’). Programme elements such as early teambuilding, electronic publication platform and annual conferences ensure a high level of peer support that will strengthen research quality and encourage collaboration across borders. Building on successful co-tutelle arrangements, the international supervisory team will consist of two TEEME staff, one each from the two chosen places of study.

All compulsory research and training activities by students will count fully towards the final degree. Depending on the type of activity and/or nature of the taught elements, credits in the skills strand are awarded through certified workshop and seminar attendance, and through the assessment of coursework, exams, presentations, placement reports, or peer-reviewed publications. Credits in the research strand are awarded for research presentations, certified seminar attendance, progress reports, written sections of the thesis, and the thesis itself.

An early printing press (1568)

The TEEME programme structure requires compulsory publication through the participation of all students in an online publication platform in semester 2. Facilities to enable virtual seminars (Blackboard, Moodle) will be provided through the programme website. Participation in the online workshop will attract credits, and students can obtain further credits through a series of three linked reviews or a scholarly article. All electronic publications will be peer-reviewed and formally assessed by members of the consortium universities.

The consortium is committed to disseminating research outcomes in published form. It will reserve a section of the website for electronic publication and use existing links to publishers (including placement providers) to promote publication in hard copy. The research training at all sites will emphasize the importance of publication for the advancement of the subject. Graduates who have chosen FU Berlin as one of their degree-awarding institutions will be required to publish their thesis; all others will be strongly encouraged to do so, either through the TEEME website or through other means appropriate to the discipline.

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Programme structure: overview

Detailed programme description
Elective modules
Mobility periods
Language policy
Supervision arrangements
Final degree