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Ph. D. Doctoral Programmes

Fact sheet

Ph.D., Dr. rer. pol.

Taught language
Deutsch, Englisch


Program Emphasis

Course options
Teilzeit Studium


Prof. Dr. Rolf Brühl
Programme Director
ESCP Europe
Heubnerweg 8-10
14059 Berlin


Johannes Jahn, M.Sc.
Programme Assistant
Heubnerweg 8-10
14059 Berlin
The ESCP Business School Berlin Doctoral Programme is designed for post graduate students aiming to further develop their research abilities.

In order to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to compose an excellent doctoral thesis, ESCP Business School has designed a special programme, the attendance of which is mandatory. It takes place during the first year and comprises ten courses which are accompanied by different kinds of workload. This workload ranges from papers and presentations to exams.
The program is not only designed to provide the basis for an excellent dissertation, but also to prepare for a career in science.

During the course of the programme students have the opportunity to conduct a research stay abroad.

Program Emphasis

The ESCP Business School doctoral program covers many science and business related topics. This will give the students the scientific basis they need for an excellent dissertation. A special emphasis is placed on cross-cultural research and international business.


Requirements / Application

Applicants need to have a graduate degree with distinction in business or economics (for example MSc or Diplom (German)). Applicants from non business or economic background are also welcome to apply given they have a pronounced interest in business related topics. They may be asked to fulfil additional requirements. Since the programme is held in German applicants need to speak German fluently.

The first step is to contact the head of department where the applicant would like to write his/her dissertation. Given the professor’s consent applicants will be asked to submit their full applications.

Applications are examined in the order of their arrival, they must be submitted to the program office as early as possible, and at the latest by:

End of May for the study year starting September the same year.

Incomplete applications will be put on hold untill all required documents have been provided.

The next step is an interview with two professors. They will give a recommondation to the selection committee, which will decide on final eligibility.

Important Dates

Applicants wishing to join ESCP Business School in September should apply by end of May the same year at the latest.

Tuition / Fees

For information about fees and tuition please visit our website.

Duration of study

3 years.
In the first year all the students have to attend several courses.
In the second and third year the students are supposed to write their dissertation.

Career Perspective

The ESCP Business School doctoral program is designed to help students write excellent dissertations. This will prepare them for a career in science and business as well.

Recruiter's Guide
Every year our campuses offer exclusive recuiting events – such as the “Recruiting Days” in Berlin, where companies are invited to get to know our school and our students and vice versa. Recruitment events most take the form of presentations, exhibition stands and first round interviews. Other ways of presenting your company are also possible. Please contact the respective campus for further information and to discuss your own ideas!

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