Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - bologna.lab


In the Q-Programme, the bologna.lab developed and tested a wide range of teaching and learning formats which provide students with early access to research work. The programme comprised four core initiatives which offered a wide range of target groups individual formats for independent, research-based studies.

In 2021 the Q-Moduls, Q-Tutorials and Q-Kollegs had to be temporarily abandoned. The Q-Teams are still running.


It is the aim of the Q-Programme was to provide scope for research-based forms of teaching and learning at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin at Bachelor’s and Master’s level and to promote the individual academic initiative of the students. The letter Q stands here for a creative blank and the possibility to ask your own questions, to query that which is accepted as given, to go in quest of your own solutions and to gain experience and acquire qualifications.

Through research-based learning, students are to be introduced to university research and an inquiring mentality from their Bachelor studies onwards. Students learn to formulate academic questions, to develop a research project corresponding to these questions and to see through this project in a methodical fashion. Ideally, this would mean that they would gain experience of all phases of the research process up to and including publication and a reflective analysis of their results.

The Q-Programme comprised four core initiatives. While the basic idea behind independent, research-based study is the same in all formats, each individual project had a different focus and was aimed at a different target group.