About the study programme
The PhD programme in Law and Politics brings together research and teaching of law and political science, combining subjects and disciplines from both areas, at the doctoral level. A problem-oriented understanding of the interactions and interdependencies between law and politics is essential for the scholarly development of theory and method in these disciplines, and thus also for the further development of basic research in universities. This approach is also important from a practical perspective for academically informed legal and political advisory purposes.
The aim of the PhD in Law and Politics is to provide junior researchers with an outstanding education of an internationally recognised standard. Active participation in the compulsory and elective courses will ensure doctoral students gain an insight into the forefront of current national and international research, and make their own material contribution. This gives early-career researchers an interdisciplinary and comparative academic education at the interface between questions which can be better researched from a legal perspective or a political one. By developing their critical and reflective thinking skills, young researchers are also appropriately prepared to formulate recommendations for improvements in public policy.
Over the course of the doctoral programme, young researchers learn to examine current issues in these disciplines independently, and to develop these into specific research projects, thus making an effective contribution to scholarly discourse through their own autonomous research work. To facilitate this, the programme includes comprehensive teaching of the theory and methodological skills needed for academic research between and into several different disciplines.
Graduates of the PhD in Law and Politics are ideally qualified to work as junior researchers in national and international projects at universities and in non-university institutions, and for research roles or to provide academically informed legal and political advice in public administration, international organisations and the private sector. Their extensive knowledge and skills in the crossover area between law and political science, and ability to take perspectives from the humanities, social and economic sciences into account, mean they are well prepared to help find solutions for current complex interdisciplinary problems in the academic world, politics, the economy and society. Consequently they are highly qualified not only for academic work, but also for expert legal and political roles in national and European administrative bodies, international organisations and business functions concerned with strategic management.
Admission to the PhD programme in Law and Politics is subject to an admissions process. This consists of a written application, which will be evaluated and ranked by the selection committee. Admission therefore requires the applicant to be awarded a study place by virtue of the ranking process for the relevant year of study, and to meet the academic requirements.
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