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WU's Doctoral and PhD programs are three year-programs and usually take at least 6 semesters to complete. In the course of your studies, you attend courses, pass examinations and write a dissertation.

The PhD programs are mainly intended for the university's academic staff. The doctoral programs can also be studied by students who are not working at the university.

Information about admission to a doctoral/PhD program is available in the chapter Application and Admission.

Preliminary confirmation of supervision

According to WU's statutes, you need to have found a supervisor at WU before you can enrol in a doctoral/PhD program (except PhD Finance and DIBT). The WU professor willing to supervise your dissertation signs the preliminary confirmation of supervision; you need this document for admission. You have to find a supervisor yourself, the university cannot provide you with one. As many are interested to begin a doctoral/PhD program at WU, looking for a supervisor may be a difficult and time-consuming business.