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Research Track - Master Program Economics

The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences offers an internationally competitive Research Track within our Master program in Economics, providing graduate course work at the doctoral level. It is open to any student in the Master program in Economics who is interested in a structured preparation for a research-oriented PhD in economics at Cologne University or other leading graduate programs. The program language is English.


What we offer

  • Close supervision by and feedback from faculty members
  • Participation in the faculty’s research seminars
  • Potential cooperation with one of the faculty’s research groups
  • A certificate upon completion of the doctoral course program.


Phase I: Course Program


Year IYear II
PhD-level core courses

  • Microeconomics I & II (RT)
  • Macroeconomics I & II (RT)
  • Econometrics I & II (RT)
  • Mathematics (RT)

2-3 Elective Field Courses (from adjoining fields)

Elective field courses chosen from the following fields:

  • Economic Design and Behavior
  • Markets and Institutions
  • Growth, Labor and Inequality
  • Macroeconomics, Money and Financial Markets
  • Public Economics

 Master's thesis


Note: in addition students can chose from a wide range of courses offered in specialized areas of Economics and Econometrics, Business Administration and Political Science according to their research interest.


  • Admission to the Master program in Economics
  • Registration to the Research Track.
  • Conferral of a Research Track Certificate requires completion of the Master in Economics including the Research Track Core Courses Mathematics, Microeconomics I and II, Macroeconomics I and II, Econometrics I and II (see below). 


  • Registration is open to any interested student after admission to the Master program in Economics at the University of Cologne (For the Master’s application, please click here).
  • The best time to register is of course before the start of the first term.  


For any questions concerning the Research Track and registration please contact: office-cmr(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de