Graduate schools, research training groups and doctoral programs at Bremen University offer an interdisciplinary research environment for doctoral reseachers from Germany and abroad. Their early career researchers benefit from intensive expert counseling, customized training, and innovative forms of supervision.
For the promotion of early career reseachers the University also cooperates with external research institutions, especially within the frame of the International Max Planck Research School for Marine Microbiology MarMic and the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research POLMAR.
Graduate Schools of Excellence
The Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences has been supported by the Excellence Initiative since 2006. The structured programme serves as a central platform for interdisciplinary training for doctoral students in marine sciences at the University of Bremen and its partner institutions.
The interdisciplinary Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences rests on the core disciplines of Political Science, Sociology and Psychology. BIGSSS was established in 2008 in collaboration with Jacobs University. It provides doctoral studies of excellence in the Social Sciences.
DFG Research Training Groups
ArcTrain - Processes and impacts of climate change in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Canadian Arctic
International Research Training Group
The International Research Training Group ArcTrain "Processes and impacts of climate change in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Canadian Arctic" provides a structured interdisciplinary environment for the education of PhD students to tackle the challenge of accelerated environmental change in the Arctic realm. The group combines the strength in marine geosciences and environmental physics in Bremen with complementary skills of a consortium of eight Canadian partner universities.
The Research Training Group ''Models of Gravity'' deals with questions related to gravity. We attempt to obtain a better understanding of Einstein's General Relativity and of generalised theories of gravity.
Such generalisations arise in the low energy limit of candidate theories of quantum gravity like e.g. string theory. These investigations also have practical applications like, for instance, the precise calculations of stellar and satellite orbits or the ticking rates of clocks on satellites orbiting the Earth which is the basis of the daily used GPS.
Within the framework of this Research Training Group there will be an intensive interdisciplinary collaboration between physicists, mathematicians as well as space scientists. This collaborative research initiative comprises the universities Bremen and Oldenburg who are the leading partners and the Jacobs University Bremen and the Universities Bielefeld, Hannover and Copenhagen.
Other doctoral programs with external funding
The graduate school Empowering Digital Media is funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The goal of our graduate school is to research the role of digital media in the digital revolution and to design, develop and evaluate novel user interfaces and artifacts. The program started in 2017.
Seven groups of the University Bremen and one group of the University Münster are the participants of the graduate programme NanoCompetence, based at the Centre for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology (UFT). They form an interdisciplinary team of natural, social and applied scientists who are working in four tandem groups with a close connection between natural and social scientist partners, respectively.
At the International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics, doctoral students from the fields of Mathematics/Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Economics explore issues surrounding production and transport logistics which are becoming increasingly complex in the wake of globalization. This graduate school is supported by the University of Bremen, the Kieserling Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the enterprise sector.
Funded by the Institutional Strategy within the Excellence Initiative launched by the Federal Government and the Federal States
This joint graduate program of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI Bremen), the German Aerospace Center (DLR Bremen) and the University of Bremen adresses the research field "methods and tools for circuit and system design". In particular, systems built of integrated circuits and close interaction with software are targeted.
Doctoral Programs Funded by the University of Bremen
The program combines teacher training (Referendariat) with a doctoral thesis in didactics. In doing so, the close contact with school practice ensures that today’s relevant questions of teaching development are being researched and that the results are reflected in everyday school life. The “Dual Promotion” is carried out in close collaboration with the University, the LIS (teaching authorities) and the schools and concludes with the second state examination and a PhD in didactics of one of the two school subjects.