Faculty of Economic Sciences

Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Economic Sciences

The objective of the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Economic Sciences is to prepare students for a successful career in research and teaching as well as in non-academic professions. For this purpose, in addition to academic research such as dissertation work, students develop specialised skills and techniques that demonstrate research-oriented training. This training prepares students with the ability to understand and apply scientific methods in economic sciences, and master their specialised research field.

Graduates will be in the position to build on current theories and methods of economic sciences. In addition, the doctoral programme fosters professional skills such as team work and interdisciplinary work. Using these skills, graduates will be able to critically reflect and apply the learned theories and methods to contribute to new scientific knowledge. As such, graduates are trained for leadership positions both within and beyond academia.

The doctoral programme at the Faculty of Economic Sciences is accredited and modularised. It requires the completion of a total of 20 ECTS credits in the following areas:

  • a) Research competencies (10 ECTS)
  • b) Subject knowledge (4 ECTS)
  • c) Interdisciplinary and key qualifications (6 ECTS)


The doctoral programme requirements can be substituted or waived in the case that a student successfully completes a structured doctoral programme, such as that of the Research Training Groups (RTGs) listed in the Examination and Study Regulations of the faculty. The doctoral programme can also be completed on a part-time basis. Before applying, interested parties are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the Admissions Regulations and Rules (see right-hand side, under Regulations).

The doctoral programme in economic sciences is captured under the umbrella of the Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences (GGG). The GGG spans and connects five graduate programmes and faculties in law, social sciences, economic sciences, agricultural sciences and forestry and forest ecology. The GGG leverages the broad range of subjects of the five graduate faculties to offer doctoral students an array of methodological and interdisciplinary approaches as well as a variety of opportunities for specialisation. An example of an offer is a summer programme in methods, open to all doctoral students. The granting of doctoral degrees is however autonomous to each faculty.

Further information about the graduate school is available on the GGG website: