PhD Program in Management

The Faculty of Business and Management welcomes you to the PhD Program in Management!

The PhD Program consists of 180 ECTS or three years full-time study in English and is primarily aimed at qualified young scientists, who are interested in individual scientific work on the basis of Diploma and Master‘s Programs. The requirements for a qualitative substantial research project and scientific integrity are methodological and methodic competence as well as the ability to deliberate critically, to analyse and to develop your own scientific topic. The ability to make judgement is thereby just as important as the competence to present one’s own research results to various groups (not only experts) and to be able to organize scientific processes individually as well as in a team.




Program Content

In our PhD program, emphasis is laid on preparing you to evaluate and reflect the state of knowledge in your particular field of research. Students work in small groups with a maximum of 20 students. In addition, they work with faculty members and with their colleagues on research projects to gain experiences in their field of study and increase skills and competences in their special field of interest. You will find a strong partnership with your supervisors, other faculty, and guest professors combined with the high level of diverse academic and cultural backgrounds of PhD students. The Faculty of Business and Management offers an atmosphere of close cooperation and intellectual challenges.

The research at our Faculty of Business and Management is strongly oriented towards five research centres and two research platforms:

  Research Centres       

  Research Platforms  



Career Opportunities

Graduates of the PhD Program find employment particularly at universities, in scientific research establishments and at other post-secondary educational facilities, in public and private research centres in national and international organisations as well as in many leading positions.

Statements of our PhD students

“A PhD is not like any other study program. It requires deep immersion into an area, a lot of intense thinking and reconsideration of existing concepts and basic assumptions. A PhD is very demanding, but at the same time a unique and unforgettable journey. At the end of this journey you will not only have gained deep insight into an area and made a contribution to your field, but you will also have grown and developed personally and most likely not be the same person who entered the PhD.“ (PhD Student)

“The great thing about doing a PhD is that it truly represents an intellectual challenge and enables me to gain deep insights into a specific area. The program is structured in a way that enables me to acquire a solid foundation in research skills. It is quickly evolving and students are regularly asked to play a part in shaping its development. Pursuing the PhD Management provides the opportunity to work in an internationally oriented, innovative, and creative environment. I enjoy working in dynamic intellectual surroundings with a collegial atmosphere. In sum, the PhD program is very demanding, but definitely worth the effort.” (PhD Student)


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