Doctoral Programme in Finance & Management
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management’s Doctoral Programme offers candidates an internationally recognized academic education intended to pave the way for a career in international academia. This three year, English language programme in finance and management requires a Master’s or equivalent degree. Commencing with one year of intensive coursework the key objective of the programme is to enable doctoral students to write publication standard papers as early as possible.
The Doctoral Programme in finance and management welcomes talented, self-motivated international and German students with excellent grades who aspire to launch a career in academia. Doctoral candidates at Frankfurt School are involved in joint research projects and publications with a faculty that has one of the strongest research records of any business studies faculty Research & Faculty in Germany. In addition, top-ranking scholars from a global network of partner institutions regularly present their findings in research seminars.
Upon successful completion of the programme, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management awards a doctoral degree in economics, Doctor Rerum Politicarum or Dr. rer. pol. which is the German equivalent to the Ph.D.
As a research-oriented international business school, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management belongs to a network of financial institutions, consulting firms and other businesses centered in Frankfurt, Europe’s financial capital. Located in the Rhine-Main region, one of Germany’s leading centers of commerce, the city of Frankfurt offers a dynamic and diverse cultural life and a range of activities to satisfy all interests.
How the doctoral programme works
In their first year, doctoral students will focus on standard research techniques. From the second year on, they will concentrate on their chosen area of academic specialization and begin working on their first paper(s). The aim of the programme is to enable candidates to develop the first draft of a publication standard research paper by the end of their second year. This paper will be part of the dissertation based on the thesis by publication model.
The third year is primarily devoted to working on research projects, which candidates may choose to publish either independently or jointly with other doctoral students or academic colleagues. This work also contributes to the candidate’s doctoral dissertation, which is supervised by two Frankfurt School professors. Once the dissertation has been submitted, candidates are subjected to an oral examination, known as a disputation, in which they present their dissertation and defend their findings in an open debate. Successful defense of the candidate’s dissertation marks the end of the doctoral programme.
Application and selection procedure
Every year, approximately ten candidates are accepted to Frankfurt School’s doctoral programme. Frankfurt School of Finance & Management invites talented, self-motivated individuals with Master’s degrees, seeking careers in academia, to apply for admission to our doctoral programme.
The next admissions period opens in late summer.
After January 15th, the Doctoral Board creates a shortlist based on the documentation submitted by candidates via the online application portal. Selected candidates will be contacted and interviewed, either at Frankfurt School or remotely, before a final decision is made. Scholarships and/or stipends are awarded by April 15th.
Expedited admission is possible at any time for the most exceptional candidates, who will be awarded a scholarship and/or stipend upon confirmation of their acceptance into the doctoral programme.
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Last updated July 10, 2018