Each IMPRS student's research work and curriculum is supervised by his/her personal standing thesis committee
consisting of three independent colleagues with scientific expertise in the field of the thesis. The thesis committee provides supervision of the scientific development of the Ph.D. student in general by surveying the progress of the research work as well as the education of the student. [more]
IMPRS-HD offers a dedicated curriculum in English language
with emphasis on lectures and seminars in the field of astrophysics. IMPRS-HD intends to offer a broad and deep education in astronomy and astrophysics besides the thesis research work. While there is a basic, mandatory curriculum for all IMPRS students, students who had attended similar lectures previously, do not have to attend again. [more]
The IMPRS seminar provides a central meeting opportunity
for all IMPRS fellows in order to exchange ideas and experience from different research areas.
In the winter
term, the IMPRS seminar is held as a "Oberseminar", ie. as literature seminar with presentations of current research highlights and of fundamental papers in the astrophysics literature.
In the summer
term, the IMPRS seminar is held as an advanced research seminar ("Fortgeschrittenenseminar") with doctoral candidates presenting their ongoing thesis project.
After the 1st academic year of an IMPRS generation, the IMPRS seminar continues in the 2nd year as a seminar workshop
- an external retreat of 3-4 days during which IMPRS fellows present an update of their thesis projects. [more]