Although Reutlingen University does not have the independent right to award doctorates, it can provide particularly gifted students with the opportunity to embark on doctoral studies in cooperation with German or international partner universities. Admission to doctoral programmes at the Universities of Piacenza and Dublin, for example, allows the investigation of research topics from the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship or knowledge management in a three-year period. ESB Business School supports in-depth scientific study of selected research interests in cooperation with other university partners.