On the one hand, project groups aim to support the personal development of the participants; on the other, the groups also have research issue-related goals.In project groups, participating students gain first-hand practical experience in working in a team and organizing a project; in doing so, they become prepared for daily work in their later professions. The students personally experience how to carry out extensive development processes in a team. Since the tasks are divided among the individual team members, the participating students become skilled in reporting their progress and research findings to the other group members.
Project groups introduce students to current research topics that are usually related to the group organizer’s special area of interest. In this respect, the project groups also actively, but not primarily, contribute to university research. For the participating students, this means that after completing the project they are, in general, predestined to take on a Master’s Thesis in their project group’s research area.