Pursuing a doctorate within a structured doctoral program is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to an individual doctorate directly at a chair. These programs, similar to PhD programs in English-speaking countries, include an advanced academic curriculum made up of several obligatory but for the most part freely selectable seminars and courses. These are attended together with other fellow doctoral students and must be completed within a set period of time. Written and oral communication and publication in English is obligatory in all structured doctoral programs as well as engaging in a lively international exchange between doctoral students and teachers and/
Within a structured doctoral program, financing of the doctorate is ensured either with a doctoral position or a combination of a fellowship and a fixed-term employment position for the duration of the doctoral studies. Instead of one person acting as the doctoral supervisor there is a whole team of professors ensuring comprehensive supervision. This is why structured doctoral programs can often be completed faster than individual doctorates at a chair. The programs are limited in time and usually run for three or at most five years.
The University of Mannheim offers structured doctoral programs in the following departments: Business Administration, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Mathematics.
At the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS), the respective doctoral programs are taught in English, having an international focus and in most cases specific regulations and procedures governing the doctoral dissertation.
Our Research Training Groups (RTG), funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft, DFG), RTG 1953 and RTG 2277, have a more narrow thematic focus and offer intensive supervision for doctoral students dealing with thematically or methodologically related dissertation topics. As part of their structured qualification concept, both Research Training Groups cooperate with other state universities.
You are interested in participating in a doctoral program? Please find further information on structured doctoral programs at the University of Mannheim here:
The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS), which enjoys a strong international reputation, offers doctoral programs in Business Administration, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and Psychology that are taught in English. Find out more about the different programs, here.
The Graduate Program “Statistical Modeling of Complex Systems and Processes – modern, nonparametric approaches” is aimed at doctoral students in the fields of Economics and Business Administration as well as Mathematics who are interested in the phenomenon of Big Data and statistical methods for analyzing large and complex data sets.
The Research Training Group “Statistical Modeling in Psychology (SMiP)” closes the gap between psychology and statistical modeling. In this program, doctoral students conceive statistical models as frameworks for formalizing psychological theories and research questions.