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European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies (SESS), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #120 (QS) ,
The European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies is an international, interdisciplinary graduate programme in which nine partner universities are cooperating. After the completion of the programme the doctoral degree Doctor Europaeus is awarded. This European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies (SESS) programme is offered by Humboldt University Berlin.

About

The objective of the European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies is the scientific training of scholars who intend to dedicate themselves to academic careers or to serve as experts in national or international organisations where they are called to analyse and cope with social issues in an encompassing perspective. Didactic principle and explicit scientific aim is the development of knowledge regarding the interplay of economic and social phenomena based upon empirical research, adopting the most appropriate and advanced statistical methods.

Sess.EuroPhD is thus guided by the socio-economic paradigm, as first proposed by Max Weber, and its application to empirical social science research. Disciplinary specialisation in the social sciences on the one hand and economics on the other tends to disregard the coherence underlying the structure and functionality of modern societies. The socio-economic paradigm is focussed on overcoming this disciplinary fragmentation when studying societies and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.

Sess.EuroPhD is a programme awarding the doctoral degree Doctor Europaeus. It meets the criteria laid down for the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in the Bergen declaration in 2005. Based on this declaration, interdisciplinarity is also given a special emphasis.

This European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies (SESS) programme is offered by Humboldt University Berlin.

Sess.EuroPhD strives to attain the following:

  • to strengthen European and international research through the transnational promotion of young scientists
  • to harmonize doctoral education through a common curriculum, semester abroad, the transfer of credit points, coordinated counseling, and the reciprocal recognition of the degree
  • to advance interdisciplinary research through a common educational strategy; a distinctive goal of Sess.EuroPhD is the understanding of the interdependence of social and economic phenomena and data-based research through advanced statistical methods
  • to stimulate inter-cultural and comparative research along these lines
  • to develop a specific PhD culture, resembling the Anglo-American system of graduate schools, but preserving the specific national European traditions typical for the participating countries.

In line with the Bologna reforms, the European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies is designed for a period of three years of study. A preparatory phase of 6-12 months in the form of a Preprogramme Academic Training is optional however, depending on the qualification levels of the individual applicants.

The European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies offers students the opportunity to perform their studies at different university sites and of familiarising themselves with traditions, cultural activity and socio-political factors characterising different parts of Europe. It is assumed that such eye-opening experiences represent a positive challenge for personal development and, indirectly, for the improvement of international relations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: We will have a 2nd Call for Applications in August 2019 for candidates who have already been granted doctoral funding. 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The Sess.EuroPhD is directed towards analysing the interplay of economy and society in various research fields. As dissertation projects seven major areas of research, to be pursued in an interdisciplinary approach, are favoured:
  • The interrelationship between economic and social structure
  • Processes of change of economic organisations and institutions
  • Markets understood as social structures and networks
  • Labour markets, employment, and conflict
  • Welfare state analysis and social security
  • Economic and social inequality and perceptions of social justice
  • Socio-economic inequality and the vulnerabiliy of democratic societies

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

  • Candidates must have completed an academic education with above average results of a minimum of five years in the fields of social sciences or economics
  • They should have fulfilled the degree requirements equivalent to a Master of Arts as established by the respective national grant authorities or laid down in the guidelines of the respective university
  • The degree must be obtained by the beginning of the academic year they want to apply for
  • English proficiency at an academic level
  • For BGSS at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: Please note our regulations regarding doctoral funding

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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  • There are NO tuition fees at Humboldt University Berlin. Neither for German and EU students, nor for international students from other countries.

Living costs for Berlin

  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

The SESS together with its cooperating partner institutes can award a limited number of doctoral scholarships/positions and funding of conferences and research stays abroad. BGSS invites candidates to simultaneously apply for outside sources of funding, such as the DAAD, Erasmus Mundus Funding and fellowships from foundations.

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