Elective qualification milestones

Five areas of the elective qualification

MAPEX aims to support doctoral researchers in the best possible way in the acquisition of professional and interdisciplinary skills and competences during their doctoral phase.

In this regard, the MAPEX qualification programme proposes milestones within five fields of qualification, which should enable all doctoral students to acquire comprehensive further and advanced training regarding important topics.

General Information

Documentation of acquired milestones and the transcript of records

MAPEX curates a central list of achieved milestones for every member of the programme. Please hand in all certificates and proofs of achievements/participation via input mask.

Milestones achieved before registration to the programme will be accepted provided they have been acquired after graduation from the university degree programme, that entitles to pursue a doctorate.

A transcript of records based on this list, as well as a certificate of participation on the MAPEX Doctoral Qualification Programme, can be issued at any time. Please contact us directly via our email address: mapexphdprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

We consider the milestones marked with an (*) to be particularly important.


Qualifikation area 1

* Peer-reviewed first-author publication


* Conference talk in front of international audience


* Poster presentation


* Contribution in the area of science communication

Possible contributions are

  • popular scientific article
  • blog article on a research topic
  • press release
  • public talk (science goes public, science slam, …)
  • contribution to an exhibition
  • similar contributions


Qualification area 2

*Cooperation with science or industry partners


This could be

  • research stay in another group
  • contribution to a joint research proposal (‘Verbundantrag’)
  • coordination of joint-authors publications with another research group
  • internships
  • organization of tasks at fairs or exhibitions

*Research stay abroad

Qualification area 3

Principles and rules of scientific work

Overview of offerings in this field

*Good scientific practice


*Research data management


Ethics in science


The German/European science system



Personal competencies

Overview of offerings in this field

*Gender competence and intercultural competence


*Conception and presentation of scientific work


This can involve training and workshops in

  • presentation skills
  • writing skills
  • science communication
  • how to write proposals and applications
  • similar courses and/or workshops

*Moderation, leadership


Time management, project management


Assessment centre training



Higher-education didactics - student supervision - workshop organization

Higher-education didactics

Overview of offerings in this field


*Student supervision and teaching


Examples are:

  • supervision of theses, projects, student assistants
  • courses, tutorials, exercises, lab courses

* Organization of scientific workshops/events

Qualification area 4

Overview of offerings in this field

Attendance to advanced courses and lectures


Attendance to technical/scientific trainings and schools


For example

  • summer/winter schools
  • trainings for methods or equipment

Lecture courses on fundamental competences


For example

  • statistics
  • metrology
  • quality management
  • business economics
  • patent law
  • programming
Qualification area 5

*Proficient knowledge of scientific English

The Language Centre of the Universities in the Land of Bremen offers courses for all target groups and language levels 

*Basic to independent knowledge of German


Additional language certificates

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