PhDs in Social Sciences

Suggested PhDs in Social Sciences

PhD North American Studies

The Graduate School of North American Studies (GSNAS) at Freie Universität Berlin offers a three-year North American Studies doctoral study program to candidates pursuing research projects on North America in the humanities and social sciences (American/Canadian Studies). Doctoral degrees are awarded in the following six disciplines: economics, political science (PhD or Dr. rer. pol.), cultural studies, history, literary studies, sociology (PhD or Dr. phil.)

PhD Psychology

Walden University’s Ph.D. in Psychology program combines rigorous academics and original research so that you can build the skills and knowledge required to meet the changing needs of a diverse world.

PhD Economics

The Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE) at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Mannheim offers a world class doctoral program at the Department of Economics with an aim of achieving excellence with a field-specific focus and characterized by a joint learning of empirical and quantitative methods and their applications in the respective disciplines. Our fully-funded program is taught and administered in English and supported by the Excellence Initiative, Fontana Foundation and other private donors.

Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences
PhD Psychology

The Center for Doctoral Studies in Social Sciences (CDSS) at the University of Mannheim has developed into one of the leading research institutions in Germany offering structured doctoral programs with a strong empirical and quantitative orientation. Our world class doctoral program in Psychology excels at conducting research on psychological structures and behavioral patterns to make predictions and suggestions for changing behavior in a variety of applied settings.

Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences


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Social sciences are scholarly disciplines studying human society and individual relationships in and to society. The field includes study areas such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science and history. Social science research is often eclectic; therefore practitioners use various methodologies combining quantitative and qualitative research techniques. Even though they are closely linked to humanities, social sciences differ from the latter with their use of scientific research methodologies in the inquiries about human society.

Studies in social sciences equip students with cross-cultural awareness, social research skills, critical thinking and communication skills. Many Masters in Social Science provide knowledge and skills on how to identify and analyze social concerns, and develop positions and proposals on social issues. Students examine historical and contemporary problems and gets involved in intellectual debates to flourish. They are encouraged to question and challenge assumptions to comprehend the world we live in more deeply. Specialized degrees in economics, psychology, humanities, geography and other social sciences stimulate students' intellectual curiosity and allow them to broaden their perspective.

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