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General Information

We are best available via e-mail, and via phone at the following times: Mo - Fr 9 am - 12 noon and Wed 2 - 5 pm. During Lockdown, appointments can only be made for collecting documents/certificates. Please arrange an appointment with us in advance via e-mail and comply with the current Anti-CoVid-measures when you come to the campus.  We are also available for online conversations via MS Teams (on prior appointment via e-mail).

You can send us the Research Proposal and the forms necessary for its submission (Approval of the Research Proposal by the main supervisor, Dissertation agreement) 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.

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