Learn more about the CDSS progam structure and program as well as degree requirements.
The doctoral programs the CDSS consist of two semesters of course work and extend over three years overall. Doctoral students must commit to advanced graduate-level studies in mandatory and elective courses, as well as in a bridge course from a different discipline during the initial two semesters. They are also expected to write a literature review leading to their dissertation proposal. Doctoral students decide about the thesis topic and supervisor in the course of the first year. The other members of the dissertation committee can be appointed later.
The entire doctoral program amounts to 180 ECTS points.
In Germany most universities confer doctoral degrees that use specific Latin designations to indicate the field in which the doctoral degree was obtained. This is different for the Ph.D. (doctor philosophiae), which is conferred across many different academic fields.
Both titles are awarded after an intensive study and research period which concludes in the successful submission and defense of a doctoral thesis.
At the GESS the following doctoral titles are conferred:
CDSS doctoral thesis may consist of several original papers in one area which will all be published in good scholarly journals. However, the classical form of a dissertation (monograph) is also possible with the clear perspective that the contents of the dissertation will be used towards articles published in scholarly journals. The decision about the form of the thesis is made jointly by the student and his/