Graduate schools and research training groups

Graduate schools and research training groups

Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE)

This international graduate research training group (RTG) is jointly administered by the economics faculties, institutes and departments of nearly all Bavarian universities offering undergraduate degrees in economics. Research is focused on the concept of incentives, particularly on issues relating to the application of incentive-based economics to institutions and markets. The members of the graduate research training group include researchers focusing on the development of analytical and empirical methods for incentive economics, as well as those who apply this expertise to existing institutions and markets.

This combination of theoretical, empirical and applied competence under one roof is what defines this RTG. The involved universities organise joint research workshops and doctoral training seminars and ensure that well-respected academics from abroad are involved in the seminar programmes. As part of their training, doctoral researchers spend one semester abroad as part of their doctoral study and complete an extra-university internship of two to three months in duration. For the purpose of this internship, the participating researchers' individual contacts are pooled and offered to all group members. This creates a large network, which helps to maximise each researcher's opportunities. Regularly organised seminars and workshops that are open to all academic staff of the participating universities ensure that knowledge transfer is extended beyond the group of doctoral researchers participating in the graduate research training group.

Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE)

Bavarian Research Training Group on Political Theory

The Bavarian Research Training Group on Political Theory is an intra-university cooperative partnership of the universities of Passau, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Eichstätt and Regensburg. It gives the doctoral candidates from these four universities an institutional framework for their doctoral research and study. As a forum, it offers its member early career researchers networking opportunities and the chance to test their practical skills by organising and holding conferences. The doctoral RTG is part of the Bayerisches Zentrum für politische Theorie (Bavarian Centre for Political Theory).

Head of the doctoral RTG:
Professor Barbara Zehnpfennig
Professor of Political Theory and History of Ideas

Bavarian Research Training Group on Political Theory

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BayWISS-Verbundkolleg Digitalisation

With BayWISS the Bavarian Ministry of Science and the Arts has created a new platform to enhance collaboration of universities and universities of applied sciences in Bavaria.

The BayWISS Verbundkolleg Digitalisierung (BWD) is one of currently nine thematically different joint BayWISS research training groups. It has its headquarters at the University of Würzburg and is jointly managed together with the universities of applied sciences FHWS Würzburg-Schweinfurt and OTH Regensburg. The University of Passau is one of the associated universities of BWD.

As a first measure, BayWISS is developing a platform for joint doctoral projects between universities and universities of applied sciences in Bavaria. Talented graduates who are qualified and willing to strive for a doctoral degree at any BayWISS member university can join this new forum together with their supervisors.

Research topics:

  • Big data/data analytics
  • Digitalisation in industrial production and in industrial services
  • Intelligent networks
  • Information technology in public health service and health research
  • Robotics and telematics
  • Security of hardware, software and data
  • Human-computer-media interaction
  • Economic and social aspects of computer systems in the context of application

Contact person for BWD at the University of Passau is Prof. Dr. Tomas Sauer

BayWISS doctoral programme Digitalisation (BWD)

BayWISS-Verbundkolleg Communication | Media

With BayWISS the Bavarian Ministry of Science and the Arts has created a new platform to enhance collaboration of universities and universities of applied sciences in Bavaria.

The BayWISS Verbundkolleg Kommunikation | Medien is one of currently nine thematically different joint BayWISS research training groups. It was founded in October 2018 and is jointly managed by the University of Passau together with the University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm and the University of the German Federal Armed Forces Munich.

Key themes include communication, information, strategic communication, digital public, media management, media systems, public/media diplomacy, digitalisation.

Head of the BayWISS doctoral programme communication | media
Professor Oliver Hahn
Professor of Journalism

BayWISS doctoral programme Communication | Media

DFG Research Training Group 1681/2 'Privacy and Digitalisation'

DFG Research Training Group on Privacy

The Research Training Group concentrates on the concept of ‘privacy and digitization’ in its extension application due to its current societal and scientific relevance. It therefore focuses on highly topical issues. The Research Training Group’s primary aim is to gauge the value of privacy in an ever more digitalizing environment with increasing informational heteronomy and to re-evaluate the given concepts of privacy. This will be conducted in three areas of focus, namely ‘Digitality’, ‘Surveillance and Control’ as well as ‘Self-determination and Control’. The University of Passau offers a fruitful environment to address the complex and unsolved issues in this area of intersection between technology, law, ethics and social behaviour with an interdisciplinary scientific approach.
The cooperation between the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Arts and Humanities is to be continued, especially including media and cultural studies, which will prove to be fruitful in assessing a changing scope of investigation as the conditionality of privacy is modified through digitalization. Because legal safeguards are drawn into question due to decreasing normative capabilities of regulation, the involved scholars will ensure a necessary change of perspective and rewarding findings through the analysis of cultural, medial and philosophical change processes in the context of digitalization and therefore illuminate the reasons for a necessary legal reconditioning. Privacy Research in Passau has already connected itself with -- and established itself within -- the international scientific landscape.
Young academics will therefore be prompted with the opportunity to research in a highly topical, seminal and still under-represented scientific field. The demand for qualified staff in legal studies and the humanities, which are competent to handle questions about privacy protection to ascertain the digital change, is significantly high ('digital change management'). This is underlined by associating a member of the Faculty of Computer Sciences and Mathematics, as that department will provide important insights into the privacy phenomenon from the perspective of information science.
Furthermore, the current scientific plan of action will fit seamlessly in the research environment of the university and its academic networks. This is not only true for the East-Bavarian Internet and Digitalisation Network (INDIGO), but also for the planned participation of the University of Passau in the Zentrum Digitalisierung Bayern (ZD.B). 

Research Training Group on Privacy website

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Graduate School of International Cultural Studies (GSICS)

The Graduate School of International Cultural Studies (GSICS) was established in 2007 under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with the aim of enhancing doctoral training. From a Cultural Studies context, GSICS combines and integrates the key research and teaching interests within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The school provides transferable skills training to postgraduate students and doctoral researchers (e.g. on academic writing and presentation techniques) and allows them to organise themselves in interdisciplinary discussion groups (colloquiums) and workshops on literary and cultural theory, teaching didactics, and so on. Through GSICS the Faculty of Arts and Humanities has gathered valuable and positive experience with structured postgraduate training. GSICS is actively engaged in the University's research and teaching, organising lecture series and presentations, as well as producing publications on a regular basis.

Graduate School of International Cultural Studies

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Multimedia Distributed Pervasive Secure Systems Doctoral Research Training Group (MDPS)

MDPS gives doctoral candidates of the University of Passau, INSA Lyon (France) and Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy) the opportunity to gain two doctorates in two of the three member states at once. Doctoral candidates currently have a choice of German-French and French-Italian double doctorates.

The theses are concerned with areas from the joint MDPS research programme, with a focus on Multimedia and its three sub-disciplines Distributed Systems, Pervasive/Mobile Systems and IT Security. The doctoral candidates write their theses at their respective partner universities and are jointly supervised by two professors from two countries.

In addition, MDPS holds workshops every half year, involving seminars and guest lectures from industry and academic experts, giving the doctoral candidates valuable feedback and providing them with an opportunity to discuss the current state of research.

In 2012 the MDPS Research Training Group was complemented by a German-French double Master's programme of Computer Science (Ingénieur Informatique) at INSA de Lyon & M.Sc. Computer Science with the Information and Communication focus (IFIK). This degree programme systematically prepares students for doctoral study at the MDPS RTG.

 Graduate Research Training Group on Multimedia Distributed and Pervasive Systems (MDPS)

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