School of Business, Economics and Information Systems


At the School of Business, Economics and Information Systems you can gain the doctoral degree of doctor rerum politicarum (Dr. rer. pol.).

Doctoral study requires that you are matriculated at the University of Passau for a minimum of two semesters. You will write a thesis in German or English and then subject yourself to a doctoral viva voce, which will consist either of a defence (called 'Disputation' in German) of your thesis or a series of four oral examinations ('Rigorosum') in the following fields: Business Administration, Economics and two required electives.

The Board of Examiners for Doctoral Awards of the School of Business, Economics and Information Systems is responsible for the formal admission of doctoral candidates and overseeing the doctoral examination procedure. Please discuss any questions about the doctoral examination directly with your doctoral supervisor.

Admission requirements of other higher education institutions

Other universities and HEIs, particularly in other countries, require that applicants provide a certificate from the university which awarded their degree, stating that their degree would enable them to commence doctoral study without any additional examinations.

Unfortunately, we are unable to issue such a certificate for the following reasons: applicants are admitted for doctoral study by decision of the Board of Examiners for Doctoral Awards. However, without a formal application for doctoral study, the Board of Examiners cannot take a decision and consequently cannot issue the above certificate. However, the admission requirements are detailed in the doctoral degree regulations (German).

Financial support

Early career researchers can apply for financial support for:

  • the publication of their doctoral or postdoctoral thesis
  • travel expenses to attend a conference

The guidelines (German) can be found on the pages of the Graduate Centre and the staff pages.