The Economics of Innovative Change PhD


PhD, Dr rer polDoctoral degree or degree awarded by

Faculty of Economics

Teaching language:

  • English



Programme duration:

6 semesters


Only for doctoral programmes: any time

Application deadline:

Any time

Tuition fees per semester in EUR:


Combined Master’s degree / PhD programme:


Joint degree / double degree programme:



The programme offers top-level graduate students the opportunity to achieve a doctoral degree (PhD) in economics.

Major research fields

Generating Innovations:

  • Innovative behaviour and decision-making
  • Patterns and forms of innovative activities

Effects of Innovative Change:

  • Allocative and distributive effects
  • Political and institutional dimensions

Dynamics and Patterns of Innovative Change:

  • Economic and innovative dynamics of sectoral structures
  • Innovative change, increasing product variety and demand

Methodological extensions are part of this programme.

Course organisation:

The programme is intended to be completed in three years. During the first year, students improve their basic theoretical knowledge and methodological skills by attending PhD-level courses. In the second year, students concentrate on their essential research activities. The individual PhD projects are completed during the last year. The programme includes summer schools with lectures held by renowned international researchers.

International elements

  • Courses are led with foreign partners

Integrated internships:

No internships

Course-specific, integrated German language courses:


Course-specific, integrated English language courses:


Tuition fees per semester in EUR:


Semester contribution:

Semester fee (student services and student self-government) including semester ticket for free use of public transport: approx. 200 EUR per semester and a one-off fee of 20 EUR for a multifunctional student ID card (“Thoska”)

Costs of living:

We recommend that you budget at least 800 EUR per month for accommodation and food and a further 50 EUR per semester for books.

Funding opportunities within the university:


Academic Admission Requirements:

To apply for this programme, you must hold either a “Diplom” or an MA/MSc in Economics or Business (incl. Finance). Therefore, you should have finished your MA before you apply. A Bachelor’s degree or a diploma from a university of applied sciences does not meet the requirements for this programme.

Language requirements:

Fluent written and spoken English is required. As an orientation, language level C1 or higher of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is recommended. Proof of formal language knowledge is not necessary. Language proficiency will be judged in your application and subsequent interviews.

Application deadline:

Any time




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