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Doctoral Program

In addition to individual supervision, all research and teaching areas of the Department of Business and Economics offer a structured doctoral program. The structured doctoral program supports doctoral students in developing independent scientific work and lays the foundation for the start of an academic career. This helps to ensure that docorates can be completed within an adequate time frame and includes participation in the academic discussion and publication process.

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The doctorate is divided into writing the dissertation, the structured doctoral study program and - as a final examination - the disputation. In addition to the conditions of the doctoral regulations in their current version, the prerequisite for a doctorate at the department is the confirmation of supervision by one of the department's professors.

Graduate College

An excellent graduate school in the field of economics exists in the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ). It was founded in 2004 and has been designated a NRW Research School. In addition to renowned private supporters, it is also funded by the Leibniz Association and offers training at the highest international level. The RGS Econ is a cooperative project of the University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr (UAMR), which comprises the universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen, and the  RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. It focuses its research in particular on theoretical modeling and econometric analysis of real economic problems of open economies. The doctoral students of the RGS come from all over the world and are supported by a full scholarship during their three-year doctoral education.

More information and forms for the structured doctoral program can be found on the webpages of the Doctoral Studies Office.