Graduate Support

Interuniversity doctoral studies

In addition to teaching in postgraduate courses, the promotion of young researchers in the form of doctoral studies is also becoming increasingly important at both universities and in the research network. Numerous scientists active in the research network are or were involved in the establishment and management of junior research groups and doctoral colleges.

Examples include: the junior research group of the Hans Böckler Foundation (2009-2014) under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Mechthild Bereswill (University of Kassel) on the topic of "Young Adults between Activation and Precarization - Institutional Interventions and Biographical Processing in the Welfare State"; "Children and Childhoods in the Field of Tension of Social Modernization," a doctoral college of the Hans Böckler Foundation in cooperation with the University of Wuppertal under the Kassel spokesperson Prof. Dr. Werner Thole (2006-2012); the "Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Elementary School Research" under the direction of Prof. Dr. Friederike Heinzel, supported by the Central Research Funding of the University of Kassel (since 2008) as well as the Doctoral Program in Social Human Rights with the speakers Prof. Dr. Minou Banafsche and Prof. Dr. Stamatia Devetzi (2016-2020).t. Within the framework of the Kassel Institute for Sustainability, the University of Kassel has decided to provide graduate funding for four research assistants in 2022, who will address the pressing issues of socio-ecological transformation. These researchers will work together in the research group "Social, Economic and Cultural Institutions of a Just Transformation".

Building on this funding, a collegium JUST "Just and sustainable transformation. Just and sustainable transformation." is currently being established with twelve doctoral fellowships and one postdoctoral position with funding from the Hans Böckler Foundation (spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Felix Welti, deputy spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Marianne Hirschberg).

The research network is directly associated with the Hans Böckler Foundation's Research Training Group "Welfare State and Interest Organizations". The spokespersons of the Research Training Group, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schroeder and PD Dr. Rudolf Speth, as well as the coordinator Dr. Michaela Schulze work at the Department 05 Social Sciences of the University of Kassel. Other participants in the Research Training Group are Prof. Dr. Felix Welti, Department 01 Human Sciences at the University of Kassel, Prof. Dr. Sabine Ruß-Sattar, Department 05 Social Sciences at the University of Kassel, Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier from the Center for Social Policy (ZeS) at the University of Bremen and Prof. Dr. Christoph Strünck, Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Siegen.

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Cooperative study

There are about 18 master's degree programs at the University of Kassel and the University of Applied Sciences Fulda. Among the directly cooperative study programs are the master's program in Social Law and Social Economy and the master's program in Pedagogy for Nursing and Health Professions.

The Master's program in Social Law and Social Economy is based on a cooperation between the departments 01 Human Sciences and 07 Economics of the University of Kassel, the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences of the University of Applied Sciences Fulda and the Federal Social Court. In the Master's program in Pedagogy for Nursing and Health, the departments of Health Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda and the Institute for Vocational Education at the Department of 07 Economics at the University of Kassel cooperate.