Applied Project Management: Getting a Grip on Your PhD Thesis

Deadline for registration: March 9, 2012

Course despcription

Succesfully compiling a Ph.D thesis is a demanding task that involves more skills than just writing. It is a project in the sense that it often involves several stakeholders (e.g. fellow Ph.D. students, professors, technicians ...), it has a beginning and an end and the outcome is a unique product.

Knowing key elements of project management will therefore help you getting a grip on your Ph.d. thesis.

Target audience

  • (Foreign) Doctoral candidates of Mainz University


  • Wednesday, March 28, 9 am - 5.30 pm and
  • Thursday, March 29, 9 am - 5.30 pm


  • Alter Musiksaal, Forum universitatis 1, Becher-Weg 2, 2nd floor

Course instructor

It will be looked at

  • project phases
  • realistic scheduling; defining SMART targets
  • delegating work
  • identifying and communicating with stakeholders
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • risk management
  • aspects of intercultural project management

In order to prioritize and adapt the contents to the specific needs of the participants, they will be contacted via e-mail preceding the course. The list may thus be modified.

Course objectives

Participants ...

  • ... know project management skills that facilitate writing a Ph.D. thesis
  • ... apply these skills to their respective Ph.D. thesis
  • ... share and exchange their experiences

Maximum number of participants: 14