Doctoral Program in Social Sciences
Doctoral Studies at the Graduate School of the University of Mannheim
The Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) offers a three-year doctoral program in Political Science, Sociology and Psychology. CDSS is part of the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS)
at the University of Mannheim. The graduate school provides doctoral
training in empirical and quantitative methods and their application to
business, economics, and the social sciences. GESS is funded by the
"Excellence Initiative", a competitive funding program by the German
federal and state governments to promote top-level research in Germany.
This financial support is a clear mark of confidence in the graduate
school's programs as a pioneering doctoral training concept in Germany.
The three-year doctoral program builds upon the coursework in the M.A. program. In the first year, doctoral students take two semesters of intensive course work and prepare their doctoral proposal. During the second and third year, students conduct the research for their dissertation. After three years, doctoral students submit and defend their dissertation.
All first-year doctoral students are fully funded (tuition and a fellowship stipend). After the first year, Mannheim's numerous research projects provide excellent opportunities for doctoral students to both fund their studies as research assistants and to gain invaluable insights into state-of-the-art research supported by national and international sponsors. Alternatively, after the first year, students may serve as teaching assistants or apply for externally funded stipends.
Students complete their doctoral studies according to the Regulations and Procedures Governing the Doctoral Dissertation of June 27, 2013 (see below)
Doctoral program at the transregional Research Training Group “Statistical Modeling in Psychology” (SMiP) at the University of Mannheim
The Research Training Group “Statistical Modeling in Psychology” (SMiP) offers a three-year doctoral program in Psychology, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The Research Training Group SMiP is a transregional collaboration of twelve renowned behavioral researchers from five German universities: University of Mannheim (Arndt Bröder, Edgar Erdfelder, Beatrice G. Kuhlmann, Thorsten Meiser, Sabine Sonnentag), Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, University of Koblenz-Landau at Landau, and Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.
Ph.D. students will develop their precise dissertation projects jointly with their advisor within the first months of doctoral studies. Roughly speaking, these Ph.D. projects can be assigned to three thematic areas: modeling cognition and social cognition, modeling motivation and affect, and modeling individual differences. Within each thematic area two complementary and intertwined approaches are possible: projects focusing primarily on model developments and statistical refinements (model development perspective) and projects aiming at innovative applications of existing models to new research questions (model application perspective). Ph.D. students will profit from diverse opportunities to discuss their Ph.D. projects with fellow Ph.D. students, researchers from the SMiP group as well as external experts.
To support and accelerate the Ph.D. phase, the SMiP group offers a unique qualification program. It compromises 6 semesters and includes different types of teaching activities covering, for example, core courses in statistical modeling, skill trainings (e.g., academic writing and publishing), and workshops on diverse topics given by members of the SMiP group or renowned international experts from partner institutions. In addition to the course work, active participation in teaching and in conferences will be supported. Furthermore, Ph.D. students will have the opportunity to visit external labs in research groups abroad.
Doctoral Program at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Mannheim
In addition to the structured doctoral program offered by the Graduate School CDSS, the School of Social Sciences also offers the opportunity of acquiring a doctoral degree under the supervision of a school member. Prospective doctoral students interested in this alternative should consult the job announcements of the School of Social Sciences and its affiliated research institutes or consult
who might serve as potential supervisors of the dissertation project. Find the Regulations and Procedures Governing the Doctoral Dissertation of the School of Social Sciences for download:
- valid for all doctoral
candidates who enrolled on the list of doctoral candidates before July 11, 2013 and submit an application
for the according to the Regulations and Procedures Governing the Doctoral
Dissertation of 2003 (Form 0). This is only possible if the dissertation has
not yet been submitted for assessment.
- Regulations and Procedures Governing the Doctoral Dissertation of June 27, 2013 (not legally binding) and the German Version (legally binding).
- valid for all doctoral candidates who enrolled on the list of doctoral candidates after July 11, 2013.
- valid for all doctoral candidates who enrolled on the list of doctoral candidates before July 11, 2013 and did not submit form 0 for the continuation of the doctoral process according to the Regulations and Procedures Governing the Doctoral Dissertation of 2003
- valid for all doctoral candidates who were admitted to the doctoral program at the CDSS before July 11, 2013 and did not submit form 0.2 for the continuation of the doctoral process according to the Regulations for the Conferral of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) of 2007
Directives/forms on the procedure of the doctoral process:
Ombudsmen for Doctoral Candidates and their Supervisors
The University of Mannheim appointed two ombudsmen for doctoral
candidates and their supervisors, Prof. Dr. Sabine Sonnentag and Prof. Dr. Eckhard Janeba. An ombudsman serves as a confidential
contact person in case of conflict.
For further scientific qualification the School of Sciences offers the possibility to habilitate. Please have a look into the Examination Regulation for Habilitation (German) to gather more information.