Doctoral Program in Governance


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Teaching language:

  • English


All courses, workshops, and other events are held in English. All communication within the programme is in English as well.

Programme duration:

More than 9 semesters


Winter semester

More information on beginning of studies:

1 September

Application deadline:

31 January 2019

Starting in February, applications will be reviewed. Applicants are usually informed within three months after the application deadline.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR:


Combined Master’s degree / PhD programme:


Joint degree / double degree programme:



The Doctoral Programme in Governance is a three-year doctoral programme starting in early September each year.
The three-year doctoral programme offers rigorous academic training and familiarises students with cutting-edge methods and research in the social sciences related to governance. The programme offers training and support for exceptional candidates committed to research on topics of governance as conducted within economics, political science, public management, sociology, law, or an interdisciplinary framework. By forming their doctoral committees, students determine their disciplinary or interdisciplinary focus.
Applicants need to have a strong foundation (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, law, political science, sociology, public administration, public management, or related fields.
The Hertie School of Governance is a Berlin-based international teaching and research centre of excellence that prepares students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society.

Course organisation:

Candidates will be prepared for their dissertation research by colloquia and common coursework in research design and methods during the first year of the programme. Candidates will find a unique support structure for their independent research in the subsequent years of the programme. Depending on their topics, doctoral candidates are associated with one of the Hertie School’s research colloquia, which bring together faculty, visiting scholars, postdocs, and doctoral candidates. The programme is complemented by a set of skills workshops offering special training ranging from research methods to professional development.
From the first year onwards, each doctoral candidate works with a doctoral committee. This committee eventually comprises three dissertation advisers who provide intellectual guidance and monitor the candidate’s research progress. The first and main adviser is a Hertie School core faculty member. The second adviser should be a professor from outside the Hertie School.
The candidates agree on a work plan with their advisers, which serves as a basis for the advice and supervision process. Please consult the curriculum overview and supervision overview on our website for more information.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses:


Course-specific, integrated English language courses:


Tuition fees per semester in EUR:


Semester contribution:

278.80 EUR per semester

Funding opportunities within the university:


Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university:

A limited number of living cost stipends are available (duration: three years).

Academic Admission Requirements:

The Doctoral Programme in Governance is open to candidates with an exceptionally strong Master’s degree (or equivalent) in political science, economics, law, sociology, public administration, management, or related fields.

Language requirements

Unless you are a native speaker or you have completed an entire degree at an English-language university, English language skills must be verified with an official English test. The Hertie School of Governance recognises the Cambridge ESOL qualifications CPE (C), CAE (B), the IELTS (with an overall score of at least 7.0 and a writing score of at least 7.0), as well as the TOEFL tests (PBT 600, CBT 250, iBT 100).
Proof of German proficiency is not required.

Application deadline:

31 January 2019




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