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The goal of the Class of Language’s concept of supervision and training is to lead doctoral candidates to the completion of their degrees within three years. This is accomplished by adhering to the work plan and schedule agreed upon admission to the program, a plan which is regularly monitored by the candidate together with the supervisory team and adjusted if necessary.

At the center of the program is the doctoral colloquium, where doctoral candidates discuss their work in progress with peers and professors from the Class of Language. At the beginning of the first year, candidates introduce their projects with a short presentation. Toward the end of the first and second years, they give a detailed report on the progress of their dissertation projects and discuss these results with colloquium participants.

In agreement with their supervisory teams, candidates arrange a curriculum of (graduate) seminars / Oberseminare, lectures, and workshops that further their education and methodological knowledge in their respected fields of specialization. The Class of Language’s semester program provides a stimulating selection of applicable courses offered by the doctoral program’s professors. The candidates are encouraged to profit from the variety of linguistic disciplines, theoretical positions, and methodological approaches represented in the Class of Language. Thus, in addition to academic courses in their chosen fields, doctoral candidates must participate in at least two seminars or lectures offered by other linguistic disciplines within the doctoral program.

Course offerings are supplemented by the Linguistisches Kolloquium, a colloquium in which guest lecturers and faculty members report on their current linguistic research.

The Class of Language regularly organizes symposiums and workshops. Candidates have the opportunity to select the focus of these events and invite guest researchers. While organizing, doctoral candidates gain valuable experience in team work, conference management, and even editing through our own publication series JournaLIPP.

The Class of Language actively supports its doctoral candidates participating in international academic conferences, where they have the opportunity to present and discuss the early results of their research and network within their fields.

The LMU also offers doctoral candidates a wide range of continuing education opportunities in the areas of academic research practices and higher education didactics.