Brief description


Information zur geplanten Aktualisierung der Gebietsbezeichnung mittels einer geringfügigen Änderung des Curriculums für das PhD- und Doktoratsstudium Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Degree programme code: 794 370 403
Degree programme: PhD
Degree programme duration: 6 semesters
Language of instruction: English
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Programme outcomes

The PhD programme in Business Analytics, Logistics and Operations Research prepares students for an academic career in the fields of production, logistics and supply chain management. The offered courses provide students with a profound training in the methods and contents of the field at an international level and enable graduates to independently conduct successful research in the fields of production, logistics and supply chain management.

Students of the PhD programme are involved in the research-oriented and international environment at the Faculty from the beginning of their studies onwards. It allows them to get in contact with leading researchers working at the Faculty or with guest professors visiting the Faculty. This way, students are able to familiarise themselves with the current state of research in the fields of production, logistics and supply chain management, and contribute to it with their own publications already during their studies.

Fields of activity

A PhD programme serves as a preparation for a career in research in the academic environment of a university, other research institutions or research departments of major companies. The sound methodological education provided by the PhD programme in Logistics and Operations Management enables graduates to analyse and describe complex planning and scheduling problems in the fields of production, logistics and supply chain management. They are able to use modern academic methods to analyse and describe these problems and to develop methods for solving them.

Planning tasks include strategic decisions, such as location planning and network design, tactical decisions, the configuration of production systems, stocking policies and especially operative decisions such as sequencing and process control, and delivery and transport planning.


CoursesECTS credits
Advanced Methods in Optimisation5
Advanced Stochastic Models5
Advanced Topics in Operations Management 5
Advanced Topics in Logistics and Supply Chain Management5
The responsible doctoral advisory board may include additional courses (amounting to no more than 10 ECTS credits) in the doctoral thesis agreement with the aim of imparting key qualifications as well as knowledge and methods needed for working on the research project.
Elective program
ECTS credits required: 10
ECTS credits
Research seminar 5
Elective course5
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;
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

The PhD programme in Logistics and Operations Management has a strong quantitative focus. The courses offered provide an opportunity for students to specialise in methods of operations research.

Therefore, analytical thinking is a helpful tool for completing the courses. A substantial part of the PhD programme is based on independent research. Therefore, the motivation to discover something new is an important factor for successfully completing this programme. Students should have a strong interest in solving complex problems in the fields of production, logistics and supply chain management by means of quantitative methods and computerised processes.


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