You can pursue a doctorate in all of the subjects available at the School of Social Sciences. It is possible to obtain your doctoral degree either through a structured doctoral program or through individual study at a chair. If you already have a doctoral degree, you can also take the next step in you academic career and pursue habilitation at our School.
The Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS), the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS), and the Research Training Group “Statistical Modeling in Psychology” offer structured doctoral programs.
If you are interested in pursuing a doctorate outside a structured doctoral program, please contact the respective professor of Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology who could potentially supervise your dissertation project.
You have already started your doctorate and would like to know what you need for an article-based dissertation? Together with the Mannheim University Library, the School’s council of doctoral candidates has compiled a presentation on this topic, which is only available in German.
Council of doctoral candidates
The council of doctoral candidates of the School of Social Sciences represents the interests of all doctoral candidates at the School.
Ombudspersons at the University of Mannheim mediate between doctoral candidates and their supervisors if disagreements arise. Find out more about good research practice at the University of Mannheim.
You can find the current regulations and procedures governing the doctoral dissertation at the School of Social Sciences here:
Please send us the following forms including attachments to request admission to the list of doctoral candidates. Alternatively, you can also submit the documents in person. Form 1 provides a checklist of all the required attachments. For information on the requirements you need to fulfill to be admitted as a doctoral candidate, please see the regulations and procedures governing the doctoral dissertation dating from 2013.
Please enclose the following forms and an informal letter indicating the names of your evaluators and the chair of the doctoral committee when you submit your doctoral dissertation. We require one copy per evaluator, one copy for the dean’s office and, if applicable, another one for the CDSS. Form 2 provides a checklist of all the required attachments.
You can hand in the mandatory copies of your doctoral dissertation after you have passed the oral defense. Please adhere to the provisions and requirements stipulated in section 17 of the regulations and procedures governing the doctoral dissertation dating from 27 June 2013. If you want to publish your dissertation electronically, you can do so on MADOC, the University of Mannheim’s online repository. Please submit the printed copies and, if applicable, the Depositing Electronic Documents form directly to the University Library.
Contact: Christina Schüßler