Applications Doctoral Programme in Economics (with integrated M.Sc. Economic Research)

Applications Doctoral Programme in Economics (with integrated M.Sc. Economic Research)

Admission with bachelor’s or master’s degree

The Cologne Graduate School in Economics, Management, and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne (UoC) offers a two-stage graduate programme in economics (see website). It offers education and supervision for acquiring a PhD in all major fields of economics and related fields in management. In the first stage of the graduate programme students complete their graduate level course work in a 2-year master of economic research programme. Upon successful graduation, students enter the second (doctoral) stage. Applications at the graduated programme can be either for the first stage (bachelor students) or for the second stage (master students).


The Doctoral Programme in Economics is run in close cooperation with major UoC research centers and initiatives at the Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Science: The Cluster of Excellence “ECONtribute: Markets and Public Policy” (jointly granted by the German federal and state government for the University of Cologne and the University Bonn, see website), the “Center for Social and Economic Behavior” at the UoC (see website), and the Faculty’s Key Research Initiative “Behavioral Management Science” (see website). Students of the graduated programme have the opportunity to participate in high-level research seminars, workshops and soft-skill courses, and they will be part of a vibrant and international research network around these research centers/initiatives.

We invite applications for its PhD programme in Economics to outstanding students who are close to finishing a master’s or bachelor’s degree in economics or a related discipline who count among the top 10% of graduates in their study programme. Students with a bachelor’s degree will enter the integrated graduate programme in the first stage and finish it with the M.Sc. Economic Research. Students holding a master degree that corresponds to our M.Sc. Economic Research can directly enter the second doctoral stage of the programme. Students with a related master’s degree (e.g. in economics, econometrics, finance, business administration, or math) attend one year of course-work before entering the second (doctoral) stage of the programme. Grants are available for all accepted students holding a master degree and for highly qualified applicants with a bachelor degree. The University of Cologne is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women with the requisite qualifications and interests are particularly welcome. We strive for gender and diversity equality and welcome applications from all backgrounds.


Applications for the programme starting in October 2021 will be open from December 21st, 2020 to March 31st, 2021 23:59 CET. Early admissions for outstanding candidates are possible. Please visit the website for the application procedure and detailed information about the programme:

Contact: Dr. Katharina Laske, email:  

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