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Research-oriented teaching

Education at the WiSo Faculty is characterised by a strong orientation towards research, theory and methods. Therefore, teaching draws on real-life problems reflecting contemporary economic and social changes. Students are asked to apply scientific approaches to the solution of problems in practice, and, when interested, to develop proficiency in active research at an early stage.

As a result, the School emphasises the acquisition of research skills and the application of theory within the students’ chosen course of study. This orientation towards research is evident in the design and sequencing of the Bachelor, Master and doctoral-level programmes. All programmes share a common core aligned with the School’s motto of “Innovation for society”.

This manifests itself in the combination of research-oriented education and consideration of the latest issues relevant to society. A positive trend in the past few years has been the increase in interactive course formats, research-oriented learning and special course and service offerings to explicitly facilitate student learning skills. Moreover, increased use of case studies as a teaching and learning method helps students apply research findings to real-life business administration issues and to employ practical management skills such as teamwork in (international and interdisciplinary) teams.

Moreover, the School aims to design its programme content in accordance with its Key Research Profile Areas (“Design & Behavior”, “Behavioral Management Science”, “Digital Transformation”, “Demography and Social Inequality”, “Markets and Governments”). 

Research orientation in our Bachelor programmes

All our Bachelor programmes lead to a Bachelor of Science degree, indicating the focus on quantitative and empirical research methods and offer a broad selection from a huge portfolio reflecting the School’s key research areas. Moreover, all programmes must be completed by writing a bachelor thesis, which gives our students training in academic writing and independent research. 

Research orientation in our Master programmes

Our Master programmes focus on advanced quantitative and empirical research methods and theory-based analytical models to solve relevant and up-to-date problems in line with our mission statement. Since 2012, the School has offered doctoral Research Tracks within the MSc programmes to prepare outstanding Bachelor students for PhD programmes. Selected MSc students are offered advanced (doctoral) courses that allow these students to complete their PhD course work whilst still on the MSc programme. After successful completion and positive evaluation, graduates may proceed directly to the doctoral stage. Finally, all doctoral students at the School are members of the Cologne Graduate School (CGS). The Cologne Graduate School offers a structured course programme as well as other support for doctoral students, such as organising travel funds and research stays abroad or courses offered for general academic skills, e.g. how to publish in international journals.