Your path to a doctoral degree

At our chair there are two paths to earn a doctoral degree:

1. PhD-program at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (GESS-CDSB)

2. Doctorate at our chair as a research associate


This page provides information on both paths as well on their main differences.

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PhD-program at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (GESS-CDSB)

You will start your academic career with demanding training in empirical and quantiative methods as well as their application in business, economics and social sciences at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) of the Graduate School for Economics and Social Sciences (GESS).

After one year of courses you will be employed as a research associate at the chair (analogue to traditional german doctorate). Moreover, partial employment during the GESS-CDSB year can be negotiated.

Doctorate at our chair as a research associate

Besides assisting in teaching and chair administration, you will work on your own dissertation in close collaboration with Professor Sabine Kuester.

Get to know more about the general procedure of this “traditional doctorate” on the website of the University of Mannheim.

What are the main differences between the two paths?

Type PhD program at CDSB Doctorate as Research Associate
Application Fixed deadline (31 March) at GESS No deadline/ applications at the chair troughout the year possible
Entry With your cohort in september Throughout the year as per availability and contract
Advantage Profound education for scientific working before becoming a full-time research associate Direct entry as a research associate

Contact Person Applications and Doctoral Degrees

Aleksandar Blečić, M.Sc.

Aleksandar Blečić, M.Sc.

University of Mannheim
Business School
L 5, 1 – Room 0.04
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Please send an email to make an appointment.