Doctoral Programme Quantitative Economics


Dr sc pol (equivalent to PhD in Economics)Doctoral degree or degree awarded by Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, Kiel University

In cooperation with Kiel Institute for the World Economy Teaching


  • English

Languages :

  • Courses are held in English only.
  • Knowledge of the German language may be helpful in daily life, but is not required for the studies.

Programme duration:

6 semesters


Winter semester

Application deadline:

30 April (each year to start in the winter semester)

Tuition fees per semester in EUR:


Combined Master’s degree / PhD programme:


Joint degree / double degree programme:



Topics of PhD research may be in any area covered by the research interests of the faculty of the postgraduate programme. The particular strengths of our Department of Economics lie in the fields of International Economics, Financial Economics, Econometrics, Applied Microeconomics and Decision Theory, and Environmental and Resource Economics.

Course organisation:

Students are guided to their own PhD research via a succession of general courses in the first semester and more specialised courses in the second semester. By the end of the first year, students should have found a distinct focus for their PhD research, together with two main supervisors whose research interests cover the area of the proposed dissertation project. Concentration on this project within the following two-year period, and with close contact to the respective supervisors, should allow completion of the PhD within a total of (on average) three years. In addition to our own expert staff of senior scholars, a part of the programme will be conducted by leading visiting professors.

Types of assessment:

  • Mandatory courses as well as courses of choice usually imply a written examination.
  • Research credits (i.e., seminars) require active participation and presentation.

International elements:

  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Content-related regional focus
  • Language training provided

Integrated internships:

An internship for empirical research at one of the institutes of the faculty or at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy may be included in the schedule.

Teaching/work obligations or opportunities:

The students of the PhD programme have no teaching obligations.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses:


Course-specific, integrated English language courses:


Tuition fees per semester in EUR:


Semester contribution:

An enrolment fee (“Einschreibgebühr”) currently amounting to 55 EUR is charged for the first enrolment at the University.

A semester contribution (“Semesterbeitrag”) currently amounting to 120,50 EUR must be paid each semester. This covers free public transport (“Semesterticket”), reduced lunch prices, and other financial benefits for students.

Costs of living:

Approx. 800 EUR per month to cover personal expenses

Funding opportunities within the university:


Academic Admission Requirements:

MA or “Diplom” in economics or other related fields, such as mathematics, physics or engineering

The completed studies from both the Bachelor’s programme and Master’s programme or “Diplom” should be worth at least 300 ECTS credit points. If no ECTS credit points were awarded, the applicant must have spent at least eight semesters studying at a German university, German university of applied sciences or comparable foreign institution of higher education.

Language requirements:

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills.

Application deadline:

30 April (each year to start in the winter semester)




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