Economic Sciences, PhD

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The objective of the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Economic Sciences is to prepare students for a successful career in research and teaching as well as in non-academic professions. For this purpose, in addition to academic research such as dissertation work, students develop specialised skills and techniques that demonstrate research-oriented training. This training prepares students with the ability to understand and apply scientific methods in economic sciences, and master their specialised research field. Graduates will be in the position to build on current theories and methods of economic sciences.

In addition, the doctoral programme fosters professional skills such as team work and interdisciplinary work. Using these skills, graduates will be able to critically reflect and apply the learned theories and methods to contribute to new scientific knowledge. As such, graduates are trained for leadership positions both within and beyond academia

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Start date
    Any time
  • Credits
    20 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

The doctoral programme at the Faculty of Economic Sciences is accredited and modularised. It requires the completion of a total of 20 ECTS credits in the following areas:

  • Research competencies (10 ECTS)
  • Subject knowledge (4 ECTS)
  • Interdisciplinary and key qualifications (6 ECTS)

Academic Requirements

1. Successful completion of a master's programme with a standard period of study of at least one year (in addition to a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 300 ECTS credits) or an equivalent degree from a German institute of higher education, or from an institute that is a signatory of the Bologna Accords. The master's degree must also be in, or related to a field of study represented at the Faculty of Economic Sciences. The master's degree must also be considered as particularly suitable for completing a doctoral degree in accordance with paragraph 5 of the Regulation on Particular Qualifications for Entry.

2. Deviating from requirement 1 (above), a total of 240 ECTS credits from a master's degree, bachelor's degree, additional study or exam credits will be accepted as long as the grade point average is at least a 1.5 for the respective degree.

3. If your degrees are from a country that is not a signatory of the Bologna Accords, you must provide proof of the degree's equivalency. For this process, we will consider the advisement of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) of the Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal States of the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) for recognition and evaluation of the qualification to be considered. The grades of the foreign degrees must also be translated into the German grading system.

Tuition Fee

From the winter semester 2014/15 on, there will be no more tuition fees in Lower Saxony.

All students pay so-called semester fees twice a year:

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