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 photo of Dr. Thomas Hildebrandt.

Thomas Hildebrand

2011, Dr. rer. pol., Humboldt University of Berlin
This is a photo of Jing Huang, ESMT PhD Fellow.

Jing Huang

2018, PhD, ESMT Berlin
Business Administration
This is a photo of Johannes Johnen, ESMT PhD Fellow.

Johannes Johnen

2016, Dr. rer. oec., ESMT Berlin
Academic placement: 
Assistant Professor, Université catholique de Louvain
This is a picture of Michael Raven, ESMT PhD Fellow.

Michael Raven

2014, Dr.-Ing., Technical University, Berlin
Technology and Innovation Management
This is a picture of Dora Simroth, ESMT PhD Fellow.

Dora Simroth

2015, Dr. rer. oec., Humboldt University of Berlin
Applied Microeconomics