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 School of Economics (BSE)

Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management (BiGSEM)

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

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

Vienna Graduate School of Economics (VGSE)



Study Center Gerzensee



Structured PhD: Offers of research institutes (excerpt):

ZEW Doctoral Studies Network

Graduate Center of DIW Berlin