Elective qualification milestones

General Information

Documentation of acquired milestones

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, and 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.


* 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


*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


Principles and rules of scientific work

*Good scientific practice


*Research data management


Ethics in science


The German/European science system



Personal competencies

*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


*Student supervision and teaching


Examples are:

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

* Organization of scientific workshops/events


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

Link to the offers at the University of Bremen

*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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