Doctoral Programme in Economics and Management Science


PhD in Economics/ManagementDoctoral degree or degree awarded by Participating institutions

Teaching language:

  • English


Courses are held only in English.

Programme duration:

More than 9 semestersBeginningWinter semester

Application deadline:

31 March

Tuition fees per semester in EUR:


Combined Master’s degree / PhD programme:


Joint degree / double degree programme:



Embedded in Berlin’s unique and manifold academic environment, the Berlin Doctoral Programme in Economics and Management Science provides outstanding students with state-of-the-art training in economics, finance, econometrics, and management science. It offers scholarships of up to two years.

BDPEMS follows leading international standards with an emphasis on rigorous analytical methods and quantitative analysis, preparing students for cutting-edge research in a broad range of fields.

The faculty comprises internationally renowned scholars from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), and Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). BDPEMS cooperates with all major research centres and initiatives in Berlin.

Course organisation:

First Year
Students must take compulsory courses (core courses), which are designed to impart the prerequisite methods and theoretical basis for successful research. They must take courses from at least three out of four core fields with a minimum of 54 credits during the first year. Core fields are:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Management Science

We expect students to pass the core courses with an average of good or better in order to guarantee supervision during the research stage.
In rare situations, we allow for approval of external courses as substitutes for our core courses.

Second Year
In the second year, students select their specialisation track, find their supervisors, and begin working on their first research paper. In parallel, they take the elective courses of their specialisation track to broaden and deepen their knowledge. Students must take at least 24 ECTS from these courses or the remaining core courses. Up to 12 study points can be gained from suitable courses in other fields, soft skills courses, or the teaching of a course. In total, students have to successfully complete a minimum of 90 ECTS in order to finish the programme. We expect course work to be finished after a maximum of two years. The doctoral thesis should be finished after four years.

Research Phase
During the research phase, students devote their time primarily to their own research and the writing of research papers which culminate in the dissertation. They participate in seminars according to their interests. In some seminars, invited speakers bring students up to date with leading research in their respective fields. Other seminars provide students with a framework for discussion of their own research.

International elements

  • International guest lecturers

Course-specific, integrated German language courses:


Course-specific, integrated English language courses:


Tuition fees per semester in EUR:


Semester contribution:

Usual semester contribution of the respective institution

Funding opportunities within the university:


Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university:

Scholarships for the first and second years

Academic Admission Requirements:

Admission requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in economics, business administration, mathematics, statistics, physics, or engineering. There are no fixed rules about who will be admitted, but the admission is highly competitive. As a rule of thumb, successful applicants tend to have scored at or above the 90th percentile in the quantitative and analytical sections of the GRE General Test and have performed exceptionally well in their previous studies. Evidence of creativity and an inclination towards research will be taken into consideration.

Language requirements:

Applicants must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Application deadline

31 March




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