Curriculum

For the successful completion of the yDiv research training programme, each doctoral researcher needs to complete 12 credit points (CP) following the yDiv curriculum. A minimum of 10 CP must be gained from courses and a minimum of 2 CP from activities (see 'yDiv curriculum requirements valid from March 2019' below). The yDiv credit point system follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), where each credit point (CP) is equivalent to approximately 25-30 h workload, including contact hours and personal study.

The course curriculum of yDiv is unique due to the varied expertise within the iDiv consortium. With courses offered by iDiv research groups, visiting scientists and external trainers, we are able to answer to different demands. Doctoral researchers can tailor their course programme in the way that most benefits their scientific progress.

Along with the courses, special focus lies on activities that improve integration and collaboration within yDiv and iDiv as well as outreach and supervision/teaching activities. These activities will help you strengthen your scientific networks and develop organisational and professional skills. During your PhD, you should collect a minimum of 2 CPs from at least 2 different categories.

Two courses are mandatory for yDiv doctoral researchers: yDiv Welcome Week (including the course 'Introduction to integrative biodiversity science at iDiv') and Good scientific practice. All other courses are elective. However, note that a minimum of 1 CP must be gained from transferable skills courses, and that one single course can count for a maximum of 5 CP. Note that those yDiv doctoral researchers who have started before 2016 can compensate their mandatory courses with elective courses.

yDiv doctoral researchers are also strongly encouraged to participate in the workshops offered by sDiv, the Synthesis Centre of iDiv. 2 CP can be gained for active participation. You can apply by sending a short, informal application (including a summary about your PhD project and why you would benefit from participation in the workshop) to the sDiv and yDiv coordination.

At the end of your PhD you will receive the yDiv certificate that lists all the courses and activities that you have been involved in (also the ones exceeding the required CP).

yDiv curriculum requirements valid from March 2019

Curricular element

ECTS credits

Minimum ECTS

COURSES

 

10

Mandatory courses

• yDiv Welcome Week including the course Introduction to integrative biodiversity science at iDiv

1.5

1.5

• Good scientific practice

0.5

0.5

Elective courses

• Biodiversity courses themed around the four iDiv research areas: patterns, processes, functions, biodiversity and society

0.5-2 per course

 

• Methodological courses

0.5-2 per course

 

• Transferrable skills courses

0.25-1 per course

1

• Participation in an sDiv working group meeting

2

 

ACTIVITIES

 

2

• Acting as elected PhD representative at the yDiv board or the iDiv council

1

 

• Presenting a poster or talk at an international conference

1

 

• Supervision of pupil's internship

1

 

• Acting as teaching assistant/assisting the supervision of B.Sc. or M.Sc. research projects

Up to 1

 

• Organising events at yDiv/iDiv

Depending on hours

 

• Participation in the iDiv scientific events (excluding meetings of own lab group): for example scientific retreat, joint journal clubs, scientific visits etc.

Depending on hours

 

• Scientific outreach activities

Up to 1

 

• Participation in the yDiv retreat

0.25 (for 1 retreat)

 

• Participation in 10 seminar series talks & writing a brief summary (see guidelines from yDiv webpage)

1

 

Total minimum

 

12

1CP = 25-30 h

Example: completing the yDiv curriculum requirements

An overview how Ms A, our exemplary doctoral researcher, completes the yDiv curriculum requirements of 12 Credit Points within her three years at yDiv Graduate School:

First Year

 

Curricular Elements

Credit Points

Mandatory Courses

 

yDiv Welcome Week

1.5

Good Scientific Practice

0.5

Elective Courses

 

Programming with R in Ecology

0.5

Time Management (Transferable Skills Course)

0.25

Writing of Scientific Publications

0.5

Participation in yDiv Retreat

0.25

Activities

 

Support for Preparation of iDiv Conference

1.0

Total Credit Points achieved in First Year

4.5

Second Year

 

Curricular Elements

 

Elective Courses

 

Participation in yDiv Retreat

0.25

Course on Meta-Study Techniques

1.0

Course on Science-Policy Interface

2.0

Presentation Skills (Transferable Skills Course)

0.25

Activities

 

Talk at an International Conference

1.0

Total Credit Points achieved in Second Year

4.5

Third Year

 

Curricular Elements

 

Elective Courses

 

sDiv Working Group Meeting

2.0

Thesis Defense Training (Transferable Skills Course)

0.5

Career Planning (Transferable Skills Course)

0.5

Total Credit Points achieved in Third Year

3.0

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