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Management, Economics and Social Sciences, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #146 (WUR) ,
CGS offers a broad number of doctoral courses in all areas of the WiSo Faculty.  PhD students can choose from a broad number of PhD courses.

About

  • The core element of the Graduate School is a compulsory interdisciplinary course program consisting of courses on multidisciplinary methods and theories as well as subject-specific courses. 
  • Research Seminars allowing students to present their papers are also part of the program. In addition, soft skill courses on "Academic Writing", "Teaching Skills", etc. will be offered.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Macroeconomics I 
  • CMR-Research Seminar 
  • CMR-Lunch Seminar 
  • Bayesian Econometrics 
  • Researh Seminar 
  • Multivariate Statistics 
  • Experimental Economics 
  • Econometrics 
  • Statistical Inference 
For more information, please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A cover letter with a clear statement of your motivation and your research interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A list of possible dissertation topics with a short explanation of each
  • Abitur-Zeugnis (for German residents only)
  • GMAT/GRE and TOEFL (or IELTS)
  • Scans of official academic transcripts
  • Scan of your last degree awarded
  • Two recommendations to be filled out on-line and submitted directly to CGS by two referees
  • For applicants in Economics GRE or GMAT (with the exception of applicants for Sociology and Political Science) (TM-Wiso for Cologne students)

Tuition Fee

Usually, doctoral studies are financed through scholarships, employment as a graduate research assistant, or through jobs outside the university.

Living costs for Köln

  • 831 - 1300 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Fellows receive a monthly stipend of EUR 1.200 for three years. No tuition is charged. Following a successful evaluation after the first year, fellowships will be extended for another two years. A full PhD program runs for three years. Extension of fellowships beyond this period is not possible. Fellowships are tax-free. Students will have office-space within the CGS department, full access to all libraries and other university institutions and additional funds for participation in conferences, summer schools, etc.

Fellows receive a monthly stipend of EUR 1.200 for three years. No tuition is charged. Following a successful evaluation after the first year, fellowships will be extended for another two years. A full PhD program runs for three years. Extension of fellowships beyond this period is not possible. Fellowships are tax-free. Students will have office-space within the CGS department, full access to all libraries and other university institutions and additional funds for participation in conferences, summer schools, etc.

Scholarships: Each year, a limited number of scholarships will be offered to the very best graduates in Management, Economics and the Social Sciences. These CGS-Fellows will be recruited internationally across the three main and related disciplines.

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