Ruhr Graduate School in Economics

RGS Econ

The Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ) is a center for research and higher education in Economics. It combines the expertise of three economics departments at the universities in the Ruhr Area (Bochum, Dortmund, and Duisburg-Essen) with that of the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, one of Germany‘s leading economic research institutes. Graduate students participate in a strctured PhD programme according to the highest international standards. In addition to core courses, RGS Econ organizes numerous events and workshops for early career researchers and to foster internal and external research networks.

Target Group

Doctoral students in Economics


Combining research and higher education in the field of Economics is the core objective of the RGS Econ.

RGS Econ guides students to conduct research, pass their exams and finish high qualitiy dissertations, enabling them for careers inresearch and education at an internationally advanced level.

Theme Focus

All fields of economics


  • Lectures in core subjects (microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics)
  • Lectures in specialist topics (e.g. economics of education)
  • Mini-Lectures of international experts – on selected topics
  • Research Seminars
  • Softskill-Workshop
  • International „RGS Doctoral Conference in Economics“
  • International „RGS Summer School“

Funding Organizations

  • RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
  • Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB)
  • TU Dortmund University
  • University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)
  • Private sponsors

Network Partners