Ph.D. opportunities

Ph.D. opportunities:



After a Master's degree or diploma, many students face the choice of whether or not to pursue a doctorate. If you are considering continuing your education, the brochure “Choosing your PhD program“ can be very helpful. The brochure lists some issues that are important for those who are interested in doctoral studies.



Two ways of doing a PhD


The first route is the classic doctoral studies, in which the doctoral thesis plays the most important role and there are low requirements for attending classes. Alternatively, there are doctoral studies in a more structured PhD program. In this case, students are obliged to cover a comprehensive course program, while working on their doctoral thesis, providing a methodological and thematic background. In German-speaking countries, structured PhD programs are a relatively new option; the number of graduate schools and colleges is, however, increasing. More information can be found on the website of the German Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), and in an article ba the Handelsblatt on graduate schools in Germany. On the webpage "Books to Study Before Going to Graduate School" you can also discover which books are most likely to be used in graduate schools.

The dissertation is often written in the form of a cumulative promotion, which consists of several short texts in the style of scientific articles.



Graduate schools in the German-speaking countries:



Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE)

Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS)

Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE)

Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS)

Central-German Doctoral Program Economics, jointly by the universities of Dresden, Halle, and Leipzig

Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management (GSEFM), jointly by the Universities Frankfurt am Main and Mainz and the TU Darmstadt

Graduate Program for Applied Statistics and Empirical Methods

Jena Graduate School Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change

Quantitative Economics, University of Kiel

Graduate School of Decision Sciences, University of Konstanz

Mannheim Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS)

Munich Graduate School of Economics (MGSE)

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS), jointly by the universities of Bochum, Dortmund, and Duisburg-Essen, and the RWI

Würzburg Graduate School of Law, Economics and Society



Ph.D. Program in Economics, jointly by the Universities of Innsbruck and Linz

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien

Vienna Graduate School of Economics (VGSE)



Graduate Institute Geneva

Study Center Gerzensee

Economics and Finance (PEF), University of St. Gallen

Graduate School of Business, University of Zurich



Structured PhD: Offers of research institutes (excerpt):

ZEW Doctoral Studies Network

CES and ifo Graduate Integrated Programmes

Graduate Center of DIW Berlin

Doctorate at the Kiel Institute of World Economy (IfW)

PhD program with the support of the Institute of Economic Research in Halle (IWH)

Doctoral programs in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Studies



DFG-funded Research Training Groups with economic background (as of December 2011)

Information Management and Market Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Paths of Organizational Process, Free University of Berlin

Gender as a Category of Knowledge, Humboldt University of Berlin

Statistical Modelling, Dortmund University of Technology

International Research Training Group: Economic Behavior and Interaction Models, University of Bielefeld

Fracture Zones of Globalization, University of Leipzig

The Economics of Innovative Change University of Jena and Max Planck Institute for Economics

Social Stairs and Life in an International Comparison, University of Cologne

Intermediate Spaces - Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalization, Free University of Berlin 

Economics of the Internationalization of Law, University of Hamburg

Risk and East Asia, University of Duisburg-Essen

Interdependencies in the regulation of markets, Humboldt University of Berlin

Heterogeneity, Risk and Dynamics in Economic Systems, University of Bonn


There are other graduate programs that is not founded by the DFG.

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