The first year, which begins in September, is fully devoted to compulsory courses at the University of Mannheim. The courses include Mathematics and core courses in Microeconomics (I-III), Macroeconomics (I-III) and Econometrics (I-III). Furthermore, students attend research seminars at ZEW and meetings of the ZEW research unit they have indicated an interest in.
From the second year onwards and conditional on successful completion of the core courses and a successful application interview with their preferred research unit, students are fully integrated into ZEW as a researcher in the respective research unit.
After successful completion of the core courses, students attend a number of elective courses (40 credit points) through ZEW Summer Courses and elective courses at the University of Mannheim. From the second year onwards, students are required to participate in the weekly CDSE Seminar at the University of Mannheim, where they must present and act as discussant at least once in the third year, and possibly also in subsequent years. Furthermore, the program is devoted to the writing of the doctoral thesis and to own research projects. Students may also be involved in economic policy advising at ZEW. Like all researchers at ZEW, students participate in additional activities at ZEW such as giving talks at ZEW Seminars or contributing to ZEW's media presence.
Students decide on their thesis supervisor and topic at the end of the second year and have to hand in a dissertation proposal. The other members of the doctoral committee may be selected at a later stage.
In the third year students take an English Academic Writing course (3 ECTS credit points) at ZEW or the University of Mannheim, a bridge course (5 ECTS credit points) at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) or the Center for Doctoral Studies in Behavioral and Social Sciences (CDSS) as well as two electives that provide thesis writing support (10 ECTS credit points).
The program and degree requirements are determined by the CDSE at the University of Mannheim. For further details see the CDSE website.