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Combining Expertise

RGS Econ’s PhD Program in Economics draws on and leverages the expertise, research infrastructure and networks of three universities and a leading economic research institute.

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Generating Opportunities

RGS Econ’s unique combination of university and policy-oriented research environments generates creative, relevant, and high-quality dissertation research and gives our students a head start in their careers.

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State-of-the-Art Courses

Comprehensive advanced first-year core courses in micro, macro and econometrics together with an extensive offering of field courses ensure that our students can undertake frontier research in all areas of economics.

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Research Focus

In our qualification program, we ensure targeted dissertation guidance and research engagement from the get-go by matching incoming students to primary supervisors based on interests and expertise.

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Fostering Collaboration

Early-career conferences, workshops, and short courses taught by prominent international researchers connect our students both internally and externally and often lead to collaborative dissertation projects.

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Secure Funding

With admission to the no-tuition program, students generally receive scholarships during their first year, followed by research and teaching assistant positions in their primary supervisors’ research teams.

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Call For Papers

The 15th Doctoral Conference will take place on February 21-22, 2022 in Bochum, Germany. The submission deadline is December 10th, 2021.

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The Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ) offers a PhD program in Economics, complying with the highest international standards. We combine the expertise of four economics departments at the universities in the Ruhr Valley Area (UA Ruhr): Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen; with that of the RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, one of Germany‘s leading economic research institutes.

Current Courses

Core and
elective courses

RGS Econ offers a broad range of
dedicated PhD-level courses in Economics.
View the current schedule of core
and elective courses.