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General Information

Because of COVID-19, the Doctoral Office is currently best availabe via e-mail.In complex or urgent cases, when it would be easier to speak over the phone, please contact us via e-mail to arrange a phone call. If you need to collect documents or hand in your dissertation, we are in the office Tuesday to Thursday from 11 am to 2 pm (except in the easter holidays, 29 March to 6 April 2021), on prior appointment.You can send us the Research Proposal and the forms necessary for its submission via e-mail. In case it is difficult to get the signature of the main supervisor on the form(s), the main supervisor also can send us an e-mail in which she/he confirms that your Research Proposal is ready for publication. We continue to publish Proposals at the beginning of each month.

Curriculum changes 2018

As of 1st of October, changes to the curricula of all Doctoral and PhD degree programs come into effect. The changes apply to all students who started a doctoral or PhD program since the summer semester 2018 (because the by-laws changed on 1.1.2018). For all doctoral and PhD students who started their studies before that time, nothing much will change unless they voluntarily switch to the new version.

Office hours of academic director

The academic director for doctoral and PhD studies, Univ.Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Frey, holds office hours on appointment. They are for discussing individual problems and requests; if you need more general information about WU's doctoral/PhD programs (which courses to attend, tips how to find a supervisor, etc.), please contact the Doctoral Office during the office hours of the Study Service Center.

The office hours take place at the Doctoral Office (Campus WU, Building LC, 2nd floor, Study Service Center). To make an appointment, please send an e-mail containing information about your request to

Currently published Research Proposals

Re­search Pro­pos­als are pub­lished on the first day of each month.

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Doctoral Program in Social and Economic Sciences