About the Research Training Group (RTG)
The doctoral programme focuses on the privacy-related aspects of digitalisation and thus engages in a highly topical and politically relevant theme of outstanding social and academic importance. The aim of the doctoral programme is to assess the value of privacy under the terms of digitalisation and increasing informational heteronomy and to question the existing privacy concepts in this context. This takes place in the three fields of enquiry 'digitality', 'surveillance and control' and 'self-determination and responsibility'.
Doctoral candidates enrolled at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities may conduct their research in the following research areas: Literature and Media Studies; Linguistics; English and American Studies; Slavic Studies; General and Applied Ethics; Political Philosophy; and Pedagogy.
Alternatively, doctoral candidates may enrol at the Faculty of Law, where they will gain access to the fields of Media and Information Law; Security Law and Internet Law; Data Protection Law; and Legal Theory.
Applicants whose background is in another research discipline are welcome to apply; however, their application will only be successful if a suitable doctoral supervisor can be found within the RTG - please visit www.privatheit.uni-passau.de/en/ for a list of participating chairs and professors.
As part of its structured doctoral programme, the RTG provides training in the core competences of research methods, content-related expertise and interdisciplinary research skills; furthermore, it places the emphasis on competences which give its doctoral candidates a competitive edge across research areas and occupational fields as well as those that enhance their ability to assume executive functions., The RTG is designed as a structured academic programme for German and international graduates whose academic profile and outstanding interdisciplinary research proposal sets them apart from the rest; the proposal must be feasible within the funding period and promise excellent research results.
The successful candidates will have a good degree of a level that formally qualifies them for doctoral study (for more details, read the doctoral regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and The Faculty of Law available from http://www.uni-passau.de/index.php?id=561; please note that the regulations are only available in German). In their previous studies, candidates will have acquired relevant discipline-specific and methodological knowledge in their field of expertise that enables them to successfully complete their research project.
Beyond the formal qualifications, seeing a research project through from beginning to end requires a great deal of dedication, the ability to deal with conflicts, self-management skills, the ability to think and act strategically, self-motivation, well-developed communication skills and the ability to work together with others.