Part-time doctoral programme at the NORDAKADEMIE University of Applied Sciences

Combine scientific research with practical expertise!

Doctorate at the NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School

Application-oriented research has a high priority at NORDAKADEMIE, as evidenced by numerous research projects, many of which are carried out in close cooperation with practitioners. NORDAKADEMIE sees itself as a university of applied sciences that is strong in research and offers excellent research conditions. The results are reflected in numerous national and international publications. 

On this basis, the range of courses offered by the NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School will be expanded to include a part-time doctoral programme, in which individual service and excellent study conditions will also be the defining guidelines. 

Doctoral students will be supervised by university lecturers at NORDAKADEMIE, with professors from selected national and international universities acting as peer reviewers. 

(Subject to change. As of January 2019)

During a doctorate, you deal with a topic particularly extensively and persistently. To ensure that you are still interested in the topic after two years and can still sit down to your work after work, it is particularly important to us that you find your own doctoral topic.

As a private, business-supported university, application-oriented, business-related research is a matter of concern to us.

The doctoral program has a focus on the field of economics. Here, work on the following topics can be supervised: 

  • Marketing
  • Strategic Management
  • Innovation management
  • Human resource management
  • Company evaluation
  • Psychometric Text Analysis

Due to the cooperation with different universities, it is possible to do your PhD in German or in English. Contact us for consideration with your topic proposal. 

The total duration of the doctoral studies can be arranged individually and ranges from four to six years. After a successful submission, you will receive a doctoral degree recognized in Germany (e.g. Phd in Sopron). 

The doctoral programme at NORDAKADEMIE provides for the following components: 

Structured modules in scientific work:

The PhD programme offers three modules in scientific working as basic tools for PhD students. The modules take place at the NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School. The modules will, like the Master modules, have a large proportion of self-study and a 2.5-day attendance block, so that these are well feasible in conjunction with work. 

Colloquia - Exchange among each other:

In order to exchange ideas with other doctoral students and to put one's own doctoral concept to the test in a cooperative atmosphere, a colloquium is held once a year at the NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School and once a year at the partner university, each under the supervision of an experienced lecturer.

Competences in teaching and research:

Presenting one's own research results and assessing other people's work are competencies that every researcher should acquire. Therefore, the acquisition of these competencies is also part of the PhD program. Participation in scientific conferences, but also the review of other papers (e.g. bachelor theses) are opportunities to shed a different light on one's own topic. Teaching courses and supervising bachelor theses at NORDAKADEMIE are credited towards the tuition fees.  

Individual supervision:

Each doctorate is individually supervised by at least one NORDAKADEMIE university lecturer. In addition, supervision is provided by a professor from the partner university. The NORDAKADEMIE supervisor is available as a coach for questions regarding content, methodology and form. The proven NORDAKADEMIE concept of comprehensive supervision also characterises our approach to doctoral supervision.

The tuition fees are 5000 euros per year. This includes: 

  • The attendance events at NORDAKADEMIE and at the partner universities (excluding travel expenses)
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  • Fees of the partner universities
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  • Examination fees
  • Online/offline support

There is the possibility to reduce tuition fees by supervising courses and theses or by own publications.

As all places within our doctoral program are currently taken, we are unfortunately unable to accept any further doctoral projects at present. As soon as capacities for additional PhD topics are available again, you will find corresponding information here.

For an application to the doctoral program we then need from you:

  • a letter of motivation,
  • a synopsis (more information on this can be found for Twente here and for all others here),
  • Copy of your Bachelor's and Master's transcripts (or similar),
  • An academic paper on your part (e.g. Master's thesis, or similar),
  • and a curriculum vitae