At the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Lucerne (GSL) highly-qualified students can complete doctoral studies within a framework of interdisciplinary research collaboration. The GSL currently has 117 members (doctoral students) from 9 fields of study (status quo Spring 2020). The GSL cultivates partnerships both within and outside the university.
The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Lucerne (GSL) is a doctoral programme enabling highly-qualified students in the fields covered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (KSF) to undertake well-structured, closely supervised doctoral studies. It provides doctoral students with the structures and resources they need to complete a doctoral thesis within a manageable period of time and at a level of quality which opens up opportunities for qualified positions in the academic and non-academic employment markets.
Supporting Doctoral Students
The Graduate School offers doctoral students regular support in their research work and provides personal supervision within the framework of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research collaboration. It stands for scientific excellence and promotes doctoral students’ specialist skills in both theory and methodology. The supporting structure is provided by a postgraduate teaching programme with academic classes and regular colloquia. In addition to KSF classes, doctoral students are also given the opportunity to make use of external offerings such as summer schools to ensure that their individual learning programme is optimally adapted to their doctoral thesis. Additional participation in academic conferences and early publication of academic articles is explicitly encouraged. Working groups enable doctoral students within the University of Lucerne to get to know each other and also forge links with other research institutions.
Doctoral studies generally last for six to eight semesters and can have a flexible design within the general time and content framework. The time constraints help doctoral students to plan and structure their doctoral thesis and complete it within a manageable period of time. The content requirements (attendance of courses teaching academic skills in methodological or theoretical aspects, colloquia and international conferences, preparation of progress reports and a conference paper) enhance the quality of the research work and help doctoral students along the path towards the scientific community.
Generic and Methodological Skills
Members of the GSL have free access to the generic skills course program offered by the Graduate Academy of the University of Lucerne.
The cooperation of all three Lucerne Universities via Campus Luzern includes a wide range of methodology courses (e.g. "Lucerne R courses", writing skills) that is also free of charge to Lucerne doctoral students.
The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSL) is not oriented towards shared research content. Rather, it assists all doctoral students in the disciplines listed below administratively and organizes and promotes networking opportunities and shared training, such as guest talks, workshops, and retreats. By cooperating with partners both within and outside the University, the GSL contributes to providing an excellent research framework for the faculty's doctoral students.
Doctoral studies can be undertaken at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (KSF) in the following subject areas:
The Graduate School cultivates partnerships both within and outside the university:
Partnerships Outside the University
- AG Graduiertenschulen Schweiz Since 2010, the GSL has been a member of this working group for Swiss graduate schools seeking to promote exchange and networking between graduate schools and doctoral programmes in Switzerland.
- Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities at the University of Bern. This cooperation started in 2014 and offers the mutual opening of course offers and the exchange of lecturers.
- Centre for Religion | Economy | Politics (ZRWP) Universities of Lucerne, Basel and Zurich Since SS 2014 (IN GERMAN ONLY)
- Swiss School of Public Health Since December 2013
Partnerships Within the University
- Teaching Development Centre (ZELE)