Economics (PhD)


Economics (PhD)

Degree Conferred Promotion (PhD) Duration 10 Semesters Enrollment Wintersemester Admission restriction Restricted admission for some subjects Entry requirements First-class or upper second-class Master's degree in Economics, or in a related discipline, from an internationally recognised university, with a GPA of at least 2,0. An evidence of a valid, official score report of a GMAT or GRE-General Test, a letter of motivation, a copy of recent academic work (e.g. Master's thesis) and a proposal of the doctoral research project.
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Application Details Study applications are to be submitted to the study program office / ISP Office Application deadline      winter semester October 30th      summer semester April 30th Language English


The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Economics is an advanced research degree offered by the Faculty of Management and Economics to candidates who wish to embark on academic careers in universities in or outside Germany. The doctoral programme ensures that students acquire profound knowledge of economic theory, econometric and computational methods as well as the structure of modern economies before starting their individual research under faculty supervision. Students, unless exceptionally well-qualified, start with the one-year preparatory stage in which they take graduate-level courses and accomplish postgraduate coursework in Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, and in one optional course. After successfully passing the PhD qualifying examinations, students commence work on their individual PhD research topic, on their way to obtaining a PhD degree.

Career Perspectives

The goal of the PhD programme is to produce outstanding economists capable of taking up leading positions in academia or serving as experts in international institutions, government or the private sector.

Competencies and Interests Required

Interest in finance and economic theory and scenarios; solid knowledge in advanced mathematics and English.

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