Brief description


Degree programme code: 794 370 140
Degree programme duration: 6 semesters
Degree: PhD
Language of instruction: English
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Programme outcomes

The PhD programme in Economics provides students with the necessary training and supervision required for a research-oriented career in the field of economics. With the successful completion of this PhD programme, graduates are able to conduct independent research in the fields of theoretical, empirical and/or applied economics.

Fields of activity

Our graduates have a top-level education in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics and have the opportunity to work as professional economists in leading academic institutions such as universities and research institutions as well as in research departments of public authorities and central banks.


ECTS credits required: 60
ECTS credits

Lectures and courses


The Department of Economics offers the following doctoral seminars:
1. Doctoral Seminar in Macroeconomics
2. Doctoral Seminar in Microeconomics
3. Doctoral Seminar in Econometrics

In addition, students of the doctoral programme have to:
submit an application for approval of the intended doctoral project (within the first year after admission to the degree programme);
give a public presentation of the intended doctoral project at the Faculty;
participate in workshops and presentations at national and international conferences;
submit a progress report to the doctoral advisory board in regular intervals of at least once a year;
write the doctoral thesis;
complete the public defence.

 Curriculum/Study plan

For all legal regulations and a detailed description of the structure of this degree programme, please refer to the framework curriculum (Rahmencurriculum) and the degree specific curriculum.

Doctoral advisory board:

Approval of the intended doctoral project: The application for the approval of the intended doctoral project has to be submitted within the first year of studies to the competent body responsible for study matters including a confirmation of supervision, a research proposal, a time schedule and a list of resources needed. Students have to present the intended doctoral project in the course of the research seminar. If the intended doctoral project is part of a research project that has already been approved externally, the competent body responsible for study matters may approve the doctoral project prior to the presentation at the Faculty.

Doctoral thesis agreement: The doctoral candidate and his/her supervisor have to conclude a doctoral thesis agreement comprising the name of the student, the student ID number and date of birth, the name of the thesis supervisor, the topic of the doctoral thesis, the research proposal, a time schedule, key information about the extent of supervision (particularly about the frequency of the scheduled feedback meetings between supervisor and student) and the declaration of commitment of the doctoral candidate to abide by the rules and regulations of good academic practice.

Doctoral thesis: We encourage the publication of partial results of the doctoral project in academic journals and their presentation at academic conferences prior to the submission of the doctoral thesis.

Public defence: Following the positive assessment of all subjects of examination and of the doctoral thesis, the doctoral candidate has to defend his/her doctoral project in the final oral examination in front of an examination committee.

Personal requirements

Prospective students who would like to begin the PhD programme in Economics should have outstanding academic qualifications and a strong interest in microeconomics, macroeconomics and/or econometrics.


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Contact & help

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