BSE PhD Tracks


The accounting track of the BSE PhD program prepares students for future positions in academic accounting departments that focus on quantitative research. To this end, we offer a rich curriculum that equips students with the necessary skills to conduct rigorous and competitive research. The curriculum comprises core courses and elective courses. The core courses provide fundamental training in microeconomics, econometrics and machine learning. The elective courses focus on analytical, empirical and experimental methods in the context of state-of-the-art accounting research. The courses are complemented by regular research seminars that allow internal and external guest speakers to present current projects to BSE faculty and students.

The BSE faculty includes leading experts in financial and managerial accounting research such as Jochen Bigus (FU Berlin), Joachim Gassen (HU Berlin), Maik Lachmann (TU Berlin) and Per Olsson (ESMT). 

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BSE students are expected to have a keen interest in accounting research that combines detailed institutional knowledge with innovative research methods. We therefore expect applicants to have a Master's degree with a specialization in accounting or other subjects with a quantitative focus (e.g., finance, economics, law and economics, data science).


Ulf Brüggemann


The PhD in Economics retains the established curricula of the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS) and DIW Graduate Center (GC) programs. The course requirements consist of core courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics) and  elective courses, which are followed by a research phase. The course instructors are experienced faculty members of Berlin’s universities and economic research institutes . All courses are designed to prepare for research at the highest level. Student supervision takes place in specialized research areas, making use of the strong field-specific networks in Berlin’s economic community.

Building on the successful predecessor programs, the PhD in Economics is an ideal preparation for a career in economic research. All major fields of economics are covered.

A unique feature of our Economics track is that the program also offers a strong policy-oriented component, in addition to preparing students for the academic world. We support students in finding and completing optional internships in international institutions. Also at their home institutions in Berlin, students can actively participate in policy projects on their way to PhD completion . Our placement activities and professional networks cover both the academic job market and political institutions.


Daniela Centemero


Financial economics is one of the most exciting fields of economics, combining both microeconomic and macroeconomic approaches to analyze the “nerve system” of the economy, i.e. the system of financial markets and its institutions. The Finance Track introduces students to research questions and methodologies that shape current research in financial economics. We are looking for students with a strong academic affinity and an interest in the practical relevance of academic research. 

As one of the biggest groups of HU's School of Business and Economics, the finance group nurtures a stimulating environment for research in finance. The group is also interested in research at the intersection of finance with other fields in economics (e.g. labor economics or development) as well as outside economics (e.g. history, climate change).


Alex Stomper


The management track is suitable for students who intend to work on research questions from the fields of entrepreneurial and managerial decision making, marketing, operations research, or organizational and personnel economics. Management problems are tackled by using economic logic and methods, applying the toolbox of microeconomic theory, econometrics, and experiments.