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Economic Sciences (Ph.D.)

Features

The objective of the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Business and Economics 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.

Degree:
Dr. rer. pol.
Graduate school:
GGG
Teaching language:
German
Start of studies:
Winter and summer semester
Admission:
Restricted
(Application to the Faculty)

Details

The objective of the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Business and Economics 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 science.

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.

The doctoral programme in economic sciences is captured under the umbrella of the Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences (GGG). The GGG is responsible for PhD students and supervisors from the social sciences faculties (i.e. Faculty of Law, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences).

The GGG leverages the broad range of subjects of those faculties to offer doctoral students an array of methodological and interdisciplinary approaches as well as a variety of opportunities for specialisation. An example of an offer is a summer programme in methods, open to all doctoral students. The granting of doctoral degrees is however autonomous to each faculty.

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:

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

The doctoral programme requirements can be substituted or waived in the case that a student successfully completes a structured doctoral programme, such as that of the Research Training Groups (RTGs) listed in the Examination and Study Regulations of the faculty.

The doctoral programme can also be completed on a part-time basis. Before applying, interested parties are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the admission's regulations and rules.

Supervision Agreement

One primary requirement is identifying a professor who agrees to supervise your thesis, and will need to provide documentation confirming this agreement (Supervision Agreement).

The following web pages include information on individual chairs and research areas of professors:

Previous education

  • Master's degree or equivalent
  • Eligibilty:
    • Proof of grades (such as a transcript) of bachelor's, master's, or comparable degrees totaling at least 100 ECTS in the field of study that you will be pursuing doctoral studies, or
    • Proof of grades (such as a transcript) of bachelor's, master's, or comparable degrees totaling at least 30 credits in the field of study that you will be pursuing doctoral studies; and proof of grades (such as a transcript) of bachelor's, master's, or comparable degrees totaling at least 70 credits in other subjects, that your primary advisor considers useful in terms of your intended dissertation topic.
  • Master's degree or equivalent with a grade point average of at least a 2.5 or
  • Proof of suitability and relevancy for the doctoral programme. The suitability should be outlined in the expose.
  • Minimum total of previous education:
    • Master's degree with at least 300 ECTS total including the bachelor's degree, or
    • Master's and bachelor's degree with at least 240 ECTS total and a grade point average of at least a 1.5

Language skill requirements

  • German at the the level of the DSH-2
  • – or –
  • English at the level C1 of the Common European Framework.

Contact

Deanery of the Faculty of Business and Economics

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
DE-37073 Göttingen

Oeconomicum, 1st floor
Room No. 1.135

Phone: + 49 (0)551 39 7190
Fax: + 49 (0)551 39 9647

dekanat@wiwi.uni-goettingen.de