The study programme is derived from the central research idea, it is interdisciplinary and international and it combines the unique Leipzig view on globalization research with perspectives from international partner universities. An important part of the study programme is the guest lecturer programme. Structurally, the graduate programme aims for the reduction of the study period of the PhD to three years and, thus, reducing the completion age of doctoral scholars. The programme also aims to reduce the time period between completion of the initial degree or degrees and the start of PhD study, which is a central factor in the extension of the study period of a PhD.
It is expected of PhDs participating in the programme that they take part actively in at least one international conference and publish results of their research in at least one article in a recognised academic journal.
The programme offers a modularized study programme. The workload of the doctoral candidates will be measured in 'Leistungspunkten' (LP) (literally 'achievement points'), which are based upon the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Altogether candidates require 180 LP during the PhD study period, 60 of which can be acquired from the teaching programme and seminars held during the study programme.
The study programme consists of six modules, which are structured as such:
- weekly seminars, in which differing disciplinary approaches to globalization research are presented by two applicants and are further developed by guest lecturers,
- weekly doctoral colloquium, in which PhD students present their own theoretical approaches and the progress of their own research, as well as guest academics reporting on their own research area; and
- monthly meetings of work groups, which are ordered according to thematic as well as theoretical and methodological criteria, and within which concrete progress reports are discussed. Progress attained from the workgroups will also feed into the weekly colloquium. The work groups are lead by M. Denzel, J. Gertel and M. Wohlrab-Sahr.
At special weekend workshops the following key qualifications are also taught: presentation techniques, empirical methods of social research (at different levels), academic writing, as well as application techniques. The teaching programme is completed by an annual PhD conference and a thematic Summer School. The study programme consists of 5 SWS (not including the key qualifications, PhD conference and the Summer School).