This is a photo of Prof. Paul Heidhues talking with two PhD Fellows.

PhD program

In 2013, the Berlin Senate granted ESMT Berlin the right to award PhD titles, making it one of just four private universities in Germany to hold this honor. ESMT Berlin currently participates in the following doctoral/PhD program:

BDPEMS is a cooperation of all of Berlin’s major educational and research institutions. ESMT Berlin only offers doctorate-level education and PhD supervision through the BDPEMS program. Applications must be made directly via the BDPEMS Online Portal between February and March, with the program beginning in October. (Please address all questions regarding the application procedure and requirements to The program combines two years of coursework and usually another two years of dissertation research. After completing the first year core courses, students must find a supervisor from within the BDPEMS faculty.

ESMT Berlin also offers scholarships to students of this program. Please see our scholarships page for further information.


This is a picture of Ning Chen, EU Researcher/ESMT PhD Fellow

Ning Chen

ESMT PhD Fellow
This is a photo of Tilman Fries.

Tilman Fries

ESMT PhD Fellow

Benjamin Grosse Rueschkamp

ESMT PhD Fellow and Faculty Research Assistant
This is a photo of Jing Huang, ESMT PhD Fellow.

Jing Huang

ESMT PhD Student
Thias is a photo of Katja Kisseleva.

Katja Kisseleva

ESMT PhD Fellow and Research Associate, Center for Financial Reporting and Auditing (CFRA)
This is a photo of Ingo Marquart, PhD Fellow, ESMT.

Ingo Marquart

ESMT PhD Fellow
This is a photo of Benedikt Meyer-Bretschneider, ESMT PhD Fellow

Benedikt Meyer-Bretschneider

ESMT PhD Student and Faculty Research Assistant
This is a photo of Renata Misljenovic, PhD Student, ESMT Berlin.

Renata Mišljenović

ESMT PhD Fellow

Kien Nguyen

ESMT PhD Fellow
This is a picture of Axel Stahmer, ESMT PhD Fellow.

Axel Stahmer

ESMT PhD Fellow
This is a photo of Kamil Stronski.

Kamil Stronski

ESMT PhD Fellow
Marrit Teirlinck, ESMT Berlin

Marrit Teirlinck

ESMT PhD Fellow
This is a photo of Nghi Truong, PhD Fellow, ESMT.

Nghi Truong

ESMT PhD Felllow