General Information and Rules


The BDPEMS is a joint doctoral program of the Humboldt-University (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, HU), the Free University (Freie Universität Berlin, FU), the Technical University (Technische Universität, TU), the Social Science Research Center Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, WZB), and European School of Management and Technology, ESMT. It aims at outstanding students holding a bachelor's degree or higher. The program consists of two years of course work, followed by a research phase. All teaching is in English. It usually takes three to four years of full-time work to complete the program.

Doctoral Degree

The doctoral degree is awarded by the university of the student's supervisor according to the rules of that specific university.

Fast Track for Bachelor Graduates

Students with a BSc-degree can participate in the program, but they must also apply for a Master program offering a so called “Bachelor fast track” at the participating institutions, which runs parallel to the BDPEMS program. The BDPEMS Core Courses as well as the majority of the BDPEMS Elective Courses are automatically approved for this Master program. Further, students have to take additional Master courses in order to obtain the required 120 ECTS in examinations as part of the Master program.
The examination rules of the respective Master program provide more details in how far the BDPEMS courses can be credited to the program and which additional Master courses have to be taken in order to achieve the MSc degree. Currently, the programs “Master in Economics and Management Science” (MEMS, HU), “Master in Economics” (HU), “Master Business Administration” (HU) and “Master in Public Economics” (FU) offer “Fast Tracks" which are all tought in English.