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Management, Economics and Social Sciences, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #151 (ARWU) Köln, Germany
The Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS) provides the framework for doctoral education in the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne.
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It is characterised by interdisciplinary research beyond the confines of management, economics and social sciences, and has therefore been setting itself apart as one of the few such graduate schools worldwide for over ten years.

The programme

CGS offers four research-oriented doctoral programmes with a duration of three to five years. These programmes ensure rigorous doctoral training and their structure promotes the exchange of research ideas and methods across the three disciplines, encouraging students to achieve excellent results in their own research areas. Students pursue rigourous research themes in their dissertation that is relevant for scientific progress, for organziations, policy makers and society.

We offer a friendly, supportive and stimulating research environment with internationally recognised researchers.

The Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS) doctoral programme at University of Cologne ideally prepares graduates for academic positions at leading universities and research institutions around the world.

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 
  • CMR-Research Seminar 
  • CMR-Lunch Seminar 
  • Bayesian Econometrics 
  • Researh Seminar 
  • Multivariate Statistics 
  • Experimental Economics 
  • Econometrics 
  • Statistical Inference 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • you have to include your CV/résumé, diplomas (official transcript(s) of previous university-level degrees), a letter of motivation and/or a brief description of the proposed dissertation project (also called exposé or project proposal).
  • Some doctoral programs may also ask for a summary of your previous research. Additionally, one or two letters of recommendation (references) and proof of language proficiency (German or English) are frequently requested documents. 

Tuition Fee

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.


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