Doctoral Programme Quantitative Economics

Programme's structure

As stated in the Curriculum of the Doctoral Programme Quantitative Economics, doctoral candidates have to pass a course programme during the first year of their studies. A course schedule will be designed in cooperation with a supervisor, which will be designated at the beginning of the doctoral studies.

The basics of current economic research in the fields of macro and microeconomics as well as quantitative methods are covered by compulsory courses. Graduates of the Kiel doctoral program are therefore reputed to have a solid, broad education in the core economic subjects. A professional deepening is achieved through specialization courses that can be selected from a wide range. Among other things, the participants can take part in the renowned "Advanced Study Program" of the Institute for the World Economy free of charge.
The core of the seminar part is participation in the Erich Scheider seminar, which gives doctoral candidates a broad overview of current research topics and offers opportunities for networking. Every second Monday afternoon, a top-class guest presents the latest research results from the field of economics or statistics / econometrics. As a rule, the lecturing guests conduct research at universities in Germany or abroad. The range of lectures is supplemented by guests from research-related areas of business and the public sector.
PhD students in their second year present the status of their research at the "Brown Bag" seminar. In this seminar, the informal exchange and feedback on the issues, approaches and evaluations between doctoral candidates and supervisors are in the foreground. In specialized "Research Area" seminars, doctoral students present their research to an internal specialist audience.
The range of courses and seminars is supplemented by close-knit support. A binding agreement and a confirmation of supervision set out in writing the doctoral candidate's right to intensive supervision.


In total 30 credit points have to be obtained by the candidates; additional courses can be obtained and credited after consultation with the programme's coordinator. Further 25 credit points have to be obtained by presentation and/or regular participation in the following seminars:

  • Brown Bag Seminar
By the end of the first year, the first report has to be handed in. The research proposal should include content and methodological outlines of the thesis, as well as a detailed time schedule for the research project. By the end of the second year the participation and presentation in the Brown Bag Workshop is obligatory since it is credited as the second required report on the thesis' progress.
In order to submit the doctoral thesis at the end of the studies the Administration Office issues a final certificate, confirming the doctoral candidate has met the programme's curriculum. 
This programme is designed to obtain a doctoral degree within 3 years of full-times studies.