This three-year Ph.D programme is designed to lead to a doctoral degree at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Each Ph.D candidate has a Thesis Committee consisting of a primary supervisor, generally a member of the Principal Faculty, and a secondary supervisor. A third advisor is appointed if both supervisors have the same disciplinary affiliation. External advisors may be appointed where appropriate.

The programme consists of a conceptional, an empirical and an analytical phase.

1. Conceptional phase
The first year is devoted to theoretical and methodological foundations. In addition to participating in courses at their respective institutes, Ph.D candidates will attend two weekly jointly-taught courses in which common themes and the potential for comparative analysis will be emphasized. Short courses will cover specific research methods such as archival tools and statistics.

2. Empirical phase
The second year will be dominated by data collection, e.g. through field work or archival studies. Although most Ph.D candidates will be away from Halle, they will remain in regular contact with their supervisors.

3. Analytical phase
During the third year Ph.D students work on the preparation of their thesis and present the results of their research to other cohort members as well as at the institutes of their prime disciplinary affiliation. Additional short courses are offered in academic writing and presentation techniques. Attendance at external workshops and conferences is encouraged during this phase.

Winter schools at the end of the first and fifth semester create a forum for ANARCHIE students to discuss their projects with the local scholarly community. International summer schools held at the end of each academic year will serve the purpose to present projects to broader audiences of established scholars.

For current courses see the teaching programme.

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