The Quantum Universe Research School offers a graduate school for PhD students as part of the MIN Graduate School (MINGS) of Universität Hamburg's Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences. The framework for the QURS graduate school is given by the academic regulations for doctoral degree coursework on the MIN Doctoral Program (PDF, currently only available in German).
Curriculum of academic and soft skill courses in QURS
QURS offers a first-rate course program on research topics of the Center in Hamburg for Astro-, Mathematical and Particle Physics:
- Field Theory,
- String Theory,
- Mathematical Physics ,
- Theoretical and Experimental Particle Physics,
- Cosmology, Astrophysics, Astroparticle Physics and Gravitational Physics,
- Accelerator Physics.
1. Core Courses
Core Courses are recommended from year 1, depending on the respective background of the doctoral candidates. They aim at providing QURS fellows, who enter the graduate school with different backgrounds, with an overview of the six QURS research areas.
There are usually two Core Courses in each area on offer. In Mathematical Physics, the topics cover regularly the following varying topics: Mathematical Methods of Classical Physics, Mathematical Methods of Quantum Physics, Algebra, Differential Geometry, Topology, Algebraic Geometry, Symplectic Geometry.
The accounted credit points (CP) correspond to those listed in STINE:
|C1||Quantum Field Theory I, Quantum Field Theory II, Quantum Mechanics II||(8 CP each)|
|C2||Introduction to Supersymmetry and Supergravity, Introduction to String Theory||(6 CP each)|
|C3||Mathematical Physics (module M-Math)||(12 CP each)|
|C4||Physics of the Standard Model, Phenomenology of Physics beyond the Standard Model, Experiments on Physics beyond the Standard Model
Advanced Particle Physics, Instrumentation and Analysis Methods, Particle Physics and the LHC
|(6 CP each)
(8 CP each)
|C5||General Theory of Relativity, Experimental Astroparticle Physics
Theoretical Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology, Cosmology
|(8 CP each)
(6 CP each)
|C6||Accelerator Physics I, Accelerator Physics I||(5 CP each)|
2. Advanced Courses
Advanced Courses are recommended from year 2. Although these courses are based on the Core Courses, a successful participation in these Advanced Courses is independent of the Core Courses. Advanced topics in Mathematical Physics are specific courses on different topics and duration.
Depending on the research area several advanced courses are offered on an at least 2-years basis.
|A1||Conformal Field Theory||(3 CP)|
|A2||String Theory: corresponding courses are offered as block courses (see below)|
|A3||Mathematical Physics (module M-Spez)||(3 CP each)|
|A4||Renormalization of spontaneously broken theories, Higgs Physics, Quantum Chro-modynamics||(3 CP each)|
|A5||Gravitational-Wave Detection||(8 CP)|
|A6||Plasma Acceleration||(8 CP)|
3. Focus Courses
Focus Courses can be taken from year 1. The Focus Courses consist of two types of classes: a) block courses and b) special lectures series.
|F1||Computer Algebra and Particle Physics||(2.5 CP, 5 days)|
|F2||String Steilkurs 1, String Steilkurs 2||(2.5 CP, 5 days)|
|F3||PIER Graduate Week||(up to 2 CP, 0.5 CP per attended course)|
|F4||Quantum Universe Lectures (3 lectures)||(0.5 CP)|
|F5||External schools (e.g. summer schools, Helmholtz Schools etc.) and conferences (e.g. DPG Spring Meeting) including a student’s presentation||(CP calculated case by case, typically 0.5 CP per full day)|
There are several seminars offered on a regular basis in mathematical physics, particle physics and astrophysics. Given active participation up to 6 CP can be awarded (corresponding to CP listed in STINE).
In the QURS PhD Seminars doctoral fellows give an overview of their research area/project, or important developments in the area. Fellows who have e.g. a scheduled conference talk may use the seminar also for a “test run” and to get peer feedback. 1 CP is awarded for attendance per year and for at least one presentation.
Doctoral fellows should give a presentation on their research at least once a year. This can be in various contexts such as the listed seminars, the QURS PhD Seminar, group seminars, as well as at internal or external conferences or workshops.
5. Teaching Experience
Teaching experience is very important for early career researchers pursuing a scientific career. Therefore, QURS encourages all doctoral fellows to teach exercise classes. Teaching experience will be credited for the Transcript of Records (TOR) as part of the skills section (1 semester hour (SWS) = 1 CP).
6. Skill Courses
QURS offers a comprehensive set of skills courses organized by the PIER Education Platform (PEP) in a joint effort with several graduate programs on Campus Bahrenfeld. In addition, it is possible to choose from the offer of general academic skills training courses offered by the Hamburg Research Academy, by the MIN Graduate School, by the University Career Center, by the University HR Development, or by DESY Education. Skills courses must be relevant to the PhD or future scientific or non-academic career. A 1-day skills course is normally accredited as 0.5 CP.
- PIER Education Platform
Several graduate programs on the Campus Bahrenfeld including QURS teamed up to set up a comprehensive offer of soft skill courses coordinated by PIER.
- PIER Graduate Week (soft skills)
0.5 CP per soft skill course attended over 4 days
- Hamburg Research Academy (HRA)
- MIN Graduate School (MINGS)
- University Career Center
Courses at the Career Center are free of charge for all registered students at the University.
- University HR Development – Compass Program
Courses at University HR Development are available to University employees.
- DESY Education
Courses at DESY Education are available to DESY employees and externals. Costs may apply.
Regulations for the QURS Transcript of Records
Under the following conditions full members of QURS obtain a Transcript of Records (TOR) at the end of their doctoral program (associate members do not receive a ToR from QURS):
- at least 18 CP are collected over the PhD period;
- at least 15 CP of these are collected via academic lectures/scientific events (see items 1 to 4);
- up to 3 CP of these are collected via soft skills (see items 5 and 6); the advisory panel meetings have taken place and the panel reports are documented.
Attendance of activities needs to be proven by certificates or programs and lists of participants. Please send corresponding documents to the QURS coordinators: qurs.champp"AT"uni-hamburg.de.
All attended courses and achievements will be listed in the TOR.