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Fakultät Statistik


The RTG-specific qualification programme consists of four different components:

  • Study programme: Acquiring target-oriented scientific excellence is achieved by the compulsory study programme that is by design interdisciplinary. The six scientific modules cover both lectures in the disciplines toxicology, biostatistics, and bioinformatics, as well as practical courses in toxicological laboratories and in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Key skills courses: Training courses for doctoral researchers are offered by the graduate centres GZ of TU Dortmund University and iGRAD of HHU Düsseldorf, including compulsory courses on principles of good scientific practice (GSP) and research data management (RDM) and several courses on transferable skills such as project management and career planning.
  • Communication and presentation skills: Academic communication is further promoted by a regular seminar, a yearly retreat, talks and seminars from visiting researchers, and participation in national and international conferences.
  • Independence: Starting and building up a scientific career in academia or industry are supported by acquiring early scientific independence through participation in the governance of the RTG, independent organisation of the retreats and invitation of guest researchers.


Duration Frequency Contents Location
RTG study programme Usually 2-4 SWS per semester Usually one course per semester As defined by RTG study programme (see below this table) Dortmund, Düsseldorf
RTG seminar Talk (45 minutes plus discussion) Up to twice per month (depending on number of participants) Internal talks of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of the RTG Dortmund, Düsseldorf
RTG retreat Two days Once per year Colloquium with doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of the RTG, supervisors, and guests Research centre not on-site
Key skills courses Variable, often 1 day Regularly, GSP and RDM every year Different courses, in particular on GSP and RDM Dortmund, Düsseldorf
Talks from visiting researchers Talk plus discussion Approximately 12 times per year Talks related to RTG topics Dortmund, Düsseldorf
Workshops from visiting researchers 3 - 5 days Approximately once per year Seminars related to RTG topics Dortmund
Talks / participation at conferences Variable Variable Talks presenting own research of doctoral researchers Variable

Study Programme

The study programme will ensure that all required components are available both in Dortmund and in Düsseldorf, regarding both biostatistics/bioinformatics and toxicology. Key skills are taught via the graduate centres of the two universities involved, i.e. the iGRAD (Interdisciplinary Graduate and Research Academy Düsseldorf, IUF is an iGRAD member) at HHU Düsseldorf and the Graduate Centre at TU Dortmund University.It includes training and further education in six modules. Modules 1, 2, 3, and 6 are compulsory for doctoral researchers in the RTG. Modules 4 and 5 are additional offers.

Module Duration Frequency Location
1: Toxicology 2 SWS Once per year Dortmund, Düsseldorf
2: Laboratory 1 week Once per year Dortmund (IfADo), Düsseldorf (IUF)
3: Statistics in toxicology 4 SWS Once per year in Dortmund, once every 2-3 years in Düsseldorf Dortmund, Düsseldorf
4: Biostatistics and bioinformatics 2-4 SWS per course Once per year Dortmund, Düsseldorf
5: Data science 2-4 SWS per course Once per year Dortmund
6: Industry 1 week Variable Various industrial partners