Berlin Doctoral Programme
A leading player among German business school faculties
Since 2003, when it was granted the right to confer doctoral degrees, ESCP Berlin has offered a European doctoral programme in International Management. The School has set itself the task of providing new generations of university graduates with high-quality postgraduate study, which includes the writing and defence of an outstanding thesis, entitling the author to the academic degree of “Doctor of Business Administration” (Dr. rer. Pol.).
An intensive supervision
An intensive supervision to each doctoral student is an integral part of the programme. The regular period of doctoral study is three years: In the first year several courses are to complete: from philosophy of science to international business. The second and third year are primarily devoted to writing the thesis. The course of study ends with the “disputation”.
The ESCP Campus Berlin has joined the “recommendations for assuring a good scientific practice“ and has decided to adopt the “Procedure in Cases of Suspected Scientific Misconduct”
Berlin Doctoral Programe
Europäisches Promotionsstudium in Internationaler Betriebswirtschaftslehre
The regular period of doctoral study is three years.
In their first year doctoral students take part in block seminars and lectures. The seminars build on the students’ university education and, in addition, coach the methodical and methodological skills needed to successfully write a thesis. The seminars are offered as block courses and have the following thematic priorities:
- International Management
- Theoretical and methodological problems of intercultural / international comparative research
- Research programs in economics
- Methods of the empirical social research
- Theorie of Science
Second and Third Year
The second and third years are primarily devoted to writing the thesis, which takes place in close coordination with the supervising professor. Parallel to this, in the framework of research colloquia, current topics of international business studies and related disciplines are taken up and discussed with regard to both contents and methods. In the colloquia, too, doctoral students regularly report on the progress of their thesis, subjecting their work to critical discussion.
In order to further academic exchange at the Business School, the participants of the programme take part in workshops with doctoral students from other ESCP campuses. Visits abroad for research purposes, as well as the presentation of research results at international congresses, are encouraged, and receive financial support from the ESCP network. The course of study ends with the “disputation”, the oral defence of the thesis.
Berlin Doctoral Programme application and fees
The admission teams are working hard to maintain admission exam schedules as originally planned, in light of the special circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the time-being, candidates are advised to remain focused and proceed as normal. We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact the current circumstances will have, while continuing to maintain the highest health standards.
Our teams will remain available to reply to your questions, and will be in touch as soon as new information becomes available.
Application Process and Fees
The ESCP expects from its young scientists outstanding academic work and provides an optimal supervisory relationship. Therefore, the approval process for the doctoral program is highly selective. The programme has an annual intake of around ten participants from different courses of study. About 35 doctoral students are currently being supervised at ESCP Campus Berlin.
University degree in Business Administration or Economics
University degree in Business Administration or Economics (Graduate Diploma or Master/Magister) rated good or higher; further requirements apply to graduates of other subjects as well as to applicants from other institutions of higher education. The relevant provisions can be found in our PhD regulations (paragraph 3).
High level of proficiency in German and English
The seminars of the doctoral program will be offered primarily in German, partially in English; proficiency in further languages if research visits abroad are planned.
Contact the Academic Chair
Candidates for the program contact the academic chair for the field they are interested in and ask weather a cooperation is possible. The supervision of extra-occupational promotions can be realized.
If there is the opportunity to support your research project, application documents need to be submitted. Please use the Bewerbungsbogen Promotionsstudium , it includes a list with further documents which are required for a successful application.
Suitable candidates will be invited for an admission interview. Based on the interview and the submitted documents, candidates are suggested to the doctoral board for participating in the doctoral program which decides on the admission of the candidate.
In general, these costs are eliminated for research assistants of the ESCP Campus Berlin.