Curriculum

Your time at BTS will seem relatively brief – our intensive three-year (180 CP) programme balances independent research with a structured curriculum. Unlike traditional doctoral education in Germany, our students have the unique opportunity to take part in content-oriented survey courses, colloquia on research methods, and tailored multidisciplinary skills workshops to gain a sharper academic focus. A team of three supervisors, comprising members of the BTS faculty as well as external and international supervisors, supports each PhD candidate during his or her studies.

The PhD programme consists of three years of study starting in September of each year. In total, students earn 180 credit points during the course of three years. The bulk of the workload for candidates will take the form of independent thesis research. In addition to this, all candidates are required to successfully complete content-oriented survey courses, colloquia on research methods, and multidisciplinary skills workshops. Candidates will also be required to present the results of their research regularly at research colloquia and at academic conferences.

Do you want to be a part of the vibrant and talented BTS community? The application period begins in December. An exceptionally strong university degree in political science, international relations, sociology, economics, law, or a related discipline is required.

For more information on the application process, please click here.

The following is an overview of the different types of courses and other academic opportunities offered at the BTS.

For a chronological overview of the programme, please refer to the programme structure.

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