Thanks to an ongoing process of development, the Faculty has become a unique and independent trademark and implements central university goals such as raising the profile of research, offering research-based teaching, international positioning, recruiting outstanding professors, and promoting sustainable knowledge transfer.
The Faculty hosts a couple of research and transfer centers, including the Potsdam Center for Policy and Management (PCPM), the Potsdam Center for Quantitative Research (PCQR), the Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism Religous Diversity (Citizenship Centre Potsdam), the Center for Economic Policy Analysis (CEPA), Potsdam Transfer and the Institute of Local Government Studies (KWI), which is situated in both the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences.
The Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences offers opportunities for doctoral studies and post-doctoral qualification. Since summer 2019 the Faculty is also active member of the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Sciences. Doctoral studies demonstrate the ability to conduct profound scientific work and constitute the starting point of a career in scholarship. The Habilitation (post-doctoral dissertation) is the highest qualification that can be obtained at a university. This scholarly examination process determines whether the candidate can represent the full breadth of his or her field in research and teaching, and whether he or she is allowed to teach.