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PhD program

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Take your research and career to the next level with a PhD. ESMT Berlin's structured PhD studies provide an intellectually stimulating and academically rigorous environment for you to make the most of your research. With our vibrant international community and focus on real-world impact, it's the ideal environment to progress your career. 



  • Rigorous training in state-of-the-art methodology in preparation for your independent research.
  • Access to ESMT’s world-class faculty and the Berlin science community.
  • Close collaboration and supervision by ESMT professors.


  • Successful applicants must have obtained a Master’s in Economics or Business Studies and have performed exceptionally well in their studies.
  • Applicants from related fields (such as industrial engineering, statistics, or quantitative social sciences) may also fulfill the admission requirements if they have an interest in economics or business studies.


  • ESMT’s PhD program addresses outstanding candidates with a strong desire to conduct their own research projects. Participation is free of charge.
  • PhD positions will be offered alongside part-time Research Assistant employment. View current vacancies.
  • ESMT offers support to cover the costs related to research, including conferences and overseas visits.
  • Awarded degree: PhD or Dr. rer. oec.

PhD curriculum (180 ECTS)

Year 1-2
From year 2

PhD curriculum (180 ECTS)

Year 1-2
From year 2

An individual study plan, which determines the selection of courses to be taken, must be agreed upon in writing with the supervisor within two months after enrollment in the PhD Program and approved by the PhD Council.

The content of the required coursework should guarantee that ESMT PhD candidates obtain the necessary training to conduct research independently and at the highest levels. This typically requires the mastering of a broad set of research methods commonly applied in the area of management.

Integration into Berlin's scientific community

You can choose from a variety of PhD courses typically (but not only) offered by the Berlin School of Economics (BSoE). The courses are not limited to management science, allowing candidates to choose from topics in economics, machine learning, analytics, and data science.

ESMT is a founding member of the Berlin-wide structured doctoral BSoE PhD program which candidates can choose to enroll in as an alternative to the ESMT PhD program.

For candidates enrolled in the BSoE program, ESMT offers financial support through stipends and travel allowances. Applications for the BSoE program must be made directly via the Online Portal.

Stefan Wagner

Professor of Strategy and Director of PhD Studies, ESMT Berlin

Earn your PhD at ESMT Berlin

To learn more about our exciting PhD program, please use the below link to download our brochure.

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