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Doctoral programs

Berlin School of Economics

The structured Ph.D. program at the Berlin School of Economics offers the option to do a Ph.D. in the fields of economics, accounting, finance or management. Ph.D. students are offered an excellent research and working environment. The Ph.D. program starts with a qualification phase (duration: approx. 3 semesters), followed by the dissertation phase (duration: approx. 3 years). During the qualification phase, methodological and strongly research-oriented training takes place with courses in, for example, economic theory, applied economics, business administration, econometrics and economic policy. In the subsequent dissertation phase (approximately three years), doctoral students write their dissertation and have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a professional research environment and to establish contacts. Detailed information can be found at the Berlin School of Economics.


Doctoral Program of the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)

This doctoral program is supported by the Social Science Research Center Berlin and the Hans Böckler Foundation (Director: Prof. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D.). It is designed to run for three years and focuses on the key topics of digitalization (focus 1), demographic change (focus 2), globalization (focus 3) and climate change (focus 4).

The first doctoral program began its work in November 2016 and has been completed. The second doctoral program started at the end of 2020 and deals with the question of what “good work in a transformative world” means. For more information, please visit the WZB homepage.


Research Training Group “Mittelstadt als Mitmachstadt” (Medium-Sized City as Participatory City)

The Research Training Group “Mittelstadt als Mitmachstadt” is being developed and conducted by six professors from RWTH Aachen University, the University of Stuttgart and the University of Potsdam for the Robert Bosch Stiftung.  It is interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary in nature and aims to investigate future issues and transformation concerns in eight selected medium-sized cities (20,000-50,000 inhabitants) in order to bring about change through new forms of city-making and participation.

More information is available here.