The Claussen-Simon Graduate Centre at HSBA offers excellent conditions for part-time doctorates. This is thanks in particular to the intensive supervision provided to the doctoral students by HSBA-professors as well as to a high-class programme of academic seminars. The academic title is awarded by HSBA ’s cooperating partner university. Napier University Edinburgh awards a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), while Jacobs University Bremen and Andrássy University Budapest both award a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The topics for doctorates at the Claussen-Simon Graduate Centre at HSBA should be related to business or economics. There is a special focus on taking into account aspects related to business ethics. As the university for business in Hamburg, HSBA also attaches great importance to a good balance between the practical and academic perspectives when defining doctoral topics.
Each doctoral student is allocated two supervisors who oversee the doctorate project. The doctoral students and their supervisors enter into a dissertation agreement at the outset, and reflect on the quality of the collaboration on a monthly basis using an IT-based reporting system. Neither person can see the assessment entered by the other person. However, if the assessments differ considerably from each other or if a low number of points is awarded, the Graduate Centre will provide support to raise productivity again.
The study programme is open to graduates with degrees in business and economics who have good or very good grades in their master’s or diploma degree.
The mandatory seminars at the Claussen-Simon Graduate Centre are organised on a part-time basis. Additionally, roughly two full-time weeks per year or three weekend modules must be completed at a partner university. The part-time study model means that the doctoral students remain integrated in their companies. Extensive support from the employer– in internal company projects – or reduced working hours are necessary for successful completion of a doctorate. The expectation is that doctoral students should be granted an average o f20 hours per week to work on their doctoral topic for the duration of their time at the Graduate Centre. Consequently, students must talk with the employer before they start the project about how to combine their doctorate plans with their job.
Types of Seminars
In addition to the seminar offerings of the respective partner university, the Claussen-Simon Graduate centre at HSBA offers three types of seminars held in english. The entire seminar offering is carried out in small groups of no more than 24 participants. National and international experts from academia hold guest lectures exclusively for the group of doctoral students. These are referred to as Expert Seminars. In Moderated Case Discussions, the individual projects and topics are discussed in a structured manner within the group of doctoral students. This form of group work allows for particular project progress. At the Member Presentation, the doctoral students present their interim findings to representatives from academia and industry.
The seminars at the Claussen-Simon Graduate Centre will be held entirely in English. The seminars are mandatory and are delivered by highly respected speakers.
Course start and duration
The doctorate programme will generally commence on 1 January each year and is designed to take three years in total. Alternative start dates are possible in individual cases.
The overall fee for the doctorate programme incurs EUR 15,000 per academic year, of which EUR 10,200 are covered by the Claussen-Simon Foundation in form of a scholarship. Thus, the actual tuition fee amounts to 4,800 EUR per year. In exceptional cases, additional charges may be applied by the cooperating university. Added to this are travel expenses for attending the seminars at the partner university.
Assistance from the employer
HSBA ’s doctorate programme is geared to train doctoral students for challenging management tasks in companies. This is attractive to the doctoral students and companies alike, which is why many employers support their employees both in financial terms and by granting additional free time for the doctorate project.
Other financing options are grants of public funding (DFG, DAAD) as well as numerous foundations. In addition, banks offer special student loans.