Doctoral Program

As a highly regarded international institution, it is only natural that WHU fosters young and dedicated researchers. WHU may award the academic degree of a Doctor of Business and Economics (Dr. rer. pol.) – the German equivalent to a Ph.D. – based on a scientific paper (dissertation) and its presentation (disputation).

We are delighted to receive applications from highly motivated German and foreign candidates seeking to undertake doctoral studies in one of our fields of research:

Why do Doctoral Studies at WHU?

WHU Doctoral Students...

  • are really passionate about their research subject
  • are ambitious and have a keen interest in scientific research
  • present their findings at national and international conferences
  • write scientific publications for internationally recognized journals
  • are team-oriented and exhibit a high degree of self-motivation 

News

12.07.2017

WHU Researchers Win AFFI Conference Prize

A team of researchers from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management has received the AFFI 2017 Best Conference Paper Prize. The prize was awarded to Professor Dr. Nihat Aktas, Chair of Mergers and...

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05.07.2017

Quo Vadis, Social Security?

The elections to the German Bundestag will be held in fewer than three months, and the parties are in the middle of the hot phase of the election campaign. Security, social and immigration policy are...

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20.06.2017

Award for WHU Alumna Dr. Simon

An article of WHU alumna Dr. Carina Simon has recently been announced as "Highly Commended Paper" for the 2017 Journal of Product & Brand Management Literati Awards. The title of the...

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Your Contact

Claudia Heymann

Director Doctoral Program

+49-(0)261-6509-190
+49-(0)261-6509-197

Basic information

Degree:

  • Doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) awarded on the basis of a dissertation and a disputation
  • Approx. 35 doctoral degrees awarded per year
  • Access to published dissertations: Books / Electronic publications 
  • Many of the graduates received awards for their dissertations

Program start:

  • Applications accepted and start possible at any time of the year
  • Internal and external study program
  • Duration: 3-5 years