Doctoral Programme Quantitative Economics

About the Programme

Countries of origin of currently active Doctoral Candidates (01/21) as well as countries in which alumni are active as professors.



Building on the long-term efforts of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences to introduce a structured doctoral training, the doctoral program “Quantitative Economics” was launched in 2002. The program intends to train the next generation of academics in accordance with international standards in terms of content and structure.

The program was funded by the DAAD for an initial period of three years (2002 - 2004). After a positive evaluation in 2004, the funding was extended for a further two years and was then continued by the university for a total of five further years (2007-2011). Subsequently, it was possible to raise further funds from the Schleswig-Holstein Innovation Fund to keep the program going.

The program is currently supported jointly by the University Board of CAU, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, and the Institute for the World Economy. The University Board provides an annual budget and supports the program with administration through the Graduate Center. The Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences provides the Head of the program (a professor in the faculty) as well as a position for the coordinator of the program. The Institute for the World Economy also makes an important contribution to the success of the program. In particular, the coveted courses of the “Advanced Study Program” are made available free of charge to doctoral candidates in the program.

The structure of the doctoral program is based on the PhD programs of the major Anglo-Saxon universities and is divided into a course and a seminar part. Structure


Diversity and equal opportunities

The doctoral program has great international visibility. Every year we receive around 100 applications from around 25 different countries, particularly from Europe, Asia and Africa. A high degree of international diversity can also be found in the distribution of successful applicants: the proportion of international doctoral candidates was 35% in the past 5 years. The successful applicants currently come from 12 countries.

The proportion of female applicants has been around 25% on a long-term average. Applications from female candidates have a slightly higher success rate - of the newly admitted doctoral candidates in the past 5 years, around 28% were female.

The scholarships awarded by the program make a decisive contribution to promoting diversity and equal opportunities. On average over many years, two doctoral students were able to benefit from the QE scholarship each year - with a share of 50%, an above-average number of female applicants and, with a share of 75%, an above-average number of international applicants.Doctoral Candidates