Heidelberg Graduate School HGS MathComp

General Hint

Most of the courses are offered on a regular basis. Try to take one key competence course each year. The chart below offers advice on when which key competence course is of most help during your doctoral studies. Next to these courses, try to take two to three courses which elaborate on a method (rather than on a specific topic), e.g., 'Optimization with partial differential equations', 'Software Engineering', or 'Data analysis and Monte Carlo Methods' (tutorial, courses). The remaining courses should specialize on your topic, e.g. 'Special topics in computer graphics', 'Advanced Robotics', 'Image Processing on line', or similar. In case you are missing a course on a topic of interest to you:

  • Try to estimate how many other fellows of the HGS could be interested in it and ask them about it and make a list of those who would like to have such a course. 
  • Name a lecturer who could give the course.
  • Apply to the HGS office (mail) that this lecturer is invited to give the course.
Heidelberg Graduate School HGS MathComp

Information on Course Work in the HGS MathComp

One important part of your requirements as a member of the HGS MathComp is to take courses with a total of 18 ECTS points. The ECTS points are assigned by the docent of the courses you take, but in some cases your advisor is asked to assign ECTS, e.g., if you visit an external summer school or a master course. Please regard the following rules:

  • At least 9 ECTS most come from courses offered by the HGS MathComp (core courses, practical, seminars and lectures).
  • Other courses that are in general acceptable for your doctoral studies are: master courses from the university of Heidelberg, external summer schools, and courses by the graduate academy. In these cases, your advisor decides whether the course is helpful for your PhD. Other courses might be accepted, please contact Dr. Winckler before taking them.

  • At most 6 ECTS can be contributed from master courses. Note that master courses that were part of your master cannot be accepted but only those that you took especially in your doctoral studies.

  • We expect that around 6 ECTS come from so-called key competence courses.

  • As a rule of thumb, one-day courses are worth 1 ECTS, three-day courses are 2 ECTS, and five-day courses are 3 ECTS. Extra course work in a three-day or five-day workshop, e.g., a presentation, an exam, or a protocol can be assigned one extra credit.

Some special information

The annual colloquium in 2011 was assigned one ECTS but earlier annual colloquia are not because they took only half a day.

Key competence courses are nowadays assigned ECTS points, which are also valid for those key competence courses that were given earlier.

Special information 2: the formal procedures at the faculty

By following the link you get extensive information about doctoral
studies and the formale procedure at the Faculty of Mathematics and
Computer Science:


Please go through the information you get there. If there are further
questions which you do not find addressed or if the information is
insufficient, please contact Mrs Heukäufer at the dean's office.