Economic Sciences, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • English (take IELTS)
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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.


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

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    20 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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)

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    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.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

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

  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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  • A statement that you have not started or successfully or unsuccessfully completed another Ph.D. programme at the time of application (declaration according to 4 Clause 2 b ZO)
  • Transcripts (or academic certificates) from your prior studies
  • A police clearance certificate not older than three months, demonstrating that you do not have a criminal record
  • A declaration according to 3 Clause 6 Line 2 ZO
  • A letter by the first supervisor confirming their supervision of your studies and research (there is no form for this ? but you must produce a letter signed by the first supervisor)
  • A CV in German or English including your birthday, place of birth, nationality and previous studies
  • Applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification nor a bachelor's or master's degree (or an equivalent degree) from a German university must submit proof of German or English language abilities according to 3 Clause 3 ZO and 3 Clause ZO (please see "Regulation on Particular Qualifications for Entry")
  • An Expos according to 4 Clause 2 d ZO including confirmation from the first supervisor that they support your Expos. One has up to the first six months after enrolment in the PhD programme to produce this document, if the final grade of the master's degree or an equivalent degree is at least 2.5 (good).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA


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