The University of Mannheim is one of the leading higher education institutions in Germany. This is illustrated by the university' s top placements in national and international university rankings. The Social Sciences and Economics, in particular, regularly achieve top positions. This success is also due to the university' s close cooperation with numerous renowned research institutions in Germany and around the world.
Formerly funded by the Excellence Initiative, the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) offers its doctoral students an English-language program with continuous funding. In addition, pursuing a doctorate with GESS includes research stays at internationally recognized universities and assistance in starting a career in academia.
The University of Mannheim attaches great importance to involving the doctoral students' councils in the university’s decision-making processes. The representatives of the councils therefore communicate the interests of the doctoral students in all important committees and are also in close exchange with the President's Office and the Central University Administration.
Those who like an international and vibrant atmosphere will feel right at home in Mannheim. The city combines tradition and modernity in a unique way and offers a rich cultural and leisure life. Inhabitants from more than 150 nations, a baroque palace as its campus and Germany's first night mayor – Mannheim is special in every respect.
Which path to a doctorate is suitable for you – an individual doctorate at a chair or a doctorate within a structured doctoral program – largely depends on your field of study and the preference of the respective chair or your supervisor: At the University of Mannheim, it is possible to pursue a doctorate in a structured doctoral program in Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Mathematics in Business and Economics. In addition, all schools and departments – with the exception of the Department of Economics – generally also offer the possibility of pursuing an individual doctorate directly at a chair. If you are interested in pursuing a doctorate at the University of Mannheim and already have a professor in mind as your supervisor, we strongly recommend that you establish contact at an early stage and find out about the possible paths to a doctorate offered at the respective chair.