PhD

Economics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 39.3 / Year(s) Foreign:$ 1.63 k / Year(s) Deadline: Feb 5, 2025
351–400 place StudyQA ranking:2624 Duration:3 years

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The PhD Program in Economics is an innovative degree programme offered by the University of Innsbruck and the University of Linz. The programme meets international standards and incorporates the latest developments and ongoing scientific discussions in the field. During the programme, students acquire technical in-depth knowledge of economics, preparing them to participate in further developments of the area at the highest levels. With excellent support for students, the programme draws on the combined expertise of the two faculties, each of which is considered to be in the top quarter in terms of quality in the German-speaking countries.

The doctoral programme has a strong research orientation and conveys abilities to develop independent research projects, to engage in critical discussion of other colleagues' published results, to communicate about one's field to colleagues, in public settings, and in teaching. In particular, graduates acquire abilities to produce scientific work meeting international standards, to participate in international research networks, to develop research projects independently and with scientific integrity, to successfully realize projects with the support of national and international research promotion organizations, and to liaise with colleagues, the scientific community and the general public.

Compulsory Modules

  • Mathematics 
  • Statistics 
  • Econometrics 
  • Microeconomics 
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Game Theory 
  • Dissertation Seminar 1
  • Dissertation Seminar 2 
  • Dissertation Seminar 3 
  • Elective Module
  • Doctoral Thesis Defense 

Dissertation

The dissertation is a piece of scientific work which serves to prove the student's ability to cope with scientific questions in an independent way.

The dissertation can consist of articles that are related in terms of subject matter or methods. In this case, the dissertation must consist of a minimum of three scientific articles. A minimum of two of these articles have to be accepted for presentation by a reviewed international conference. The latter is not necessary, if at least one scientific article has been published or has been accepted for publication in a journal with a journal ranking of at least "B" according to the Tinbergen Journal Ranking. The articles must be preceded by an introduction which explains how they are related in terms of subject matter or method. If the articles were written by several authors, the doctoral student's own contribution must be shown in the introduction, as well. In their expert opinions, the evaluators of the dissertation have to examine both the subject matter of the articles and adherence to the requirements of a dissertation which consists of several scientific articles as stated above.

The dissertation topic must be chosen from the field of economics.

The dissertation has to be registered at the university where the student is registered. The statutes of the corresponding university determine topic approval, supervision and evaluation of the dissertation.

After the positive evaluation of the dissertation, the programme must be completed with the Module " Doctoral Thesis Defence".

Requirements

  • Completed a master's degree in a relevant related field.
  • Proof of German language ability (level B2)
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • As well as (originals or officially certified copies):
  • Notice (“Bescheid”) confirming awarding of bachelor’s degree,
  • Diploma certificate,
  • Diploma Supplement
  • transcript (list of examinations completed).
  • Examination Records
  • Recognition of exams
  • Declaration of Academic Honesty 
  • Submission of the Dissertation
  • Application for the Dissertation's Defense

Scholarships

  • Erasmus+
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