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Success in Your Doctorate III: The final spurt

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Research Management | Success in Your Doctorate

Starting Point

The final phase of a doctorate requires all your remaining strength and determination as well as a good dose of motivation. Doctoral candidates have to bring an end to what has often been a long process, strategically planning and organizing everything involved and ultimately recognizing that the point has been reached where they can say that their dissertation is complete. They are often exhausted, sick of the whole thing and yet unable to let go. It is not easy to strike the right balance between perfectionism and pragmatism.


Participants develop a plan for organizing the final phase of their doctorate and bringing it to a successful conclusion. Individual bulwarks and solutions for making progress are identified. This course also touches on the publication of your thesis as well as life after a doctorate.


  • Planning and checklist: What do I still need to do?
  • Bringing things to a conclusion: the dilemma between “I could do more” and “this has to be enough”
  • Dealing with crises and problems
  • Publishing your thesis: options and strategies
  • Review and prospects: What have I achieved to date? What are the next steps for me?


Input in the form of short talks, individual and group exercises focusing on self-reflection, role play, peer feedback, discussing and exchanging ideas and experiences. Max. number of participants: 12.


The course is intended for researchers from all disciplines in the final phase of their doctorates (3-9 months before submission deadline). This course builds on Success in Your Doctorate I & II; attending these events first is recommended but not a requirement.

Course number
Wed, 20.01.2021, 9:30am-1:00pm
Thu, 21.01.2021, 9:30am-1:00pm
7 hours, 9 working units á 45 min
Online course. Participants receive login data by email prior the course.
Videoconference. Participants who want to prepare prior the course are invited to visit our Praxisblog and our Wiki.
Dr. Siofrá McSherry
Course language
For employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU, FU, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact  for information on fees.
Participants should have English language skills at least the B2 level.

Participants please keep a laptop/ PC with video and audio function or a webcam and headset ready.
Assuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
Applicable for certificate Research Management.

For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any questions regarding the course, please contact .

In case of any organizational questions please contact .


Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.

Please help us to develop our program in a targeted manner. Your data will not be disclosed to third parties.

Registration Success in Your Doctorate III: The final spurt (FM VI-3)

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