A Life of Intellectual Leadership and Influential Scholarship

 

PhD in Management

 

Your Passport to a Prestigious Academic Career

Imagine a highly respected, international career – a life of intellectual stimulation, creativity and freedom. It involves working with the leading business thinkers, the best practitioners and the brightest high-potentials. Combining academic research and teaching with real-world business impact, it truly is a dream job that represents the best of both worlds.
Next, imagine that the doctoral degree you need to launch this career is available in a unique two-continent format. Take a group of incredibly intelligent and motivated students from all over the world, bring them to Europe and Asia – then, get the leading experts in their fields to mentor them. Add a full scholarship for tuition fees, a generous living allowance, a formidable placement record… and it really does sound too good to be true.
Now, stop imagining. The INSEAD PhD in Management is a reality. It is proven to be one of the most effective ways to launch a career as a management professor.

Phanish Puranam
Academic Director, PhD Programme
Professor of Strategy
The Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Strategy
and Organisation Design

Why an INSEAD PhD?

 

The only two-continent programme

The INSEAD PhD in Management is the only such programme to run across two equal status campuses on two continents in France and Singapore, and the school’s exchange programme with the Wharton School in America adds the option of a third.

The most culturally diverse in the world

Sometimes it feels more like studying on five continents, as the student body is the most international in the world. A typical intake has as many nationalities as it has participants, each bringing a different perspective to the debating table. The faculty is also one of the most international at a top business school.

…and yet the most intimate

INSEAD may be one of the largest and most prestigious postgraduate business schools in the world, but the PhD Programme remains small and intimate. With a maximum of eighteen or so places a year, shared across our two campuses, the student body is close and supportive. Everyone knows everyone else, regardless of their specialist subject. With partners and children encouraged on campus, there is a definite family feel.

Close relationships with world
experts

Perhaps most important of all, the relationships with our faculty are close too. INSEAD professors are the world experts in their fields, yet their strong ethos of support, collaboration and mentorship is distinctive. Whether in the first two years of classes, or the following period of independent research, the insights and guidance of the world’s best teachers and researchers are always available to our PhD students.

A stimulating interdisciplinary environment

INSEAD is also unusual in taking an interdisciplinary approach. Professors and PhD students do not simply work across two continents. They also collaborate across academic areas, offering an even greater breadth of research opportunities and different perspectives.

Full financial support

As well as moral and intellectual support, INSEAD offers generous funding. Almost all PhD students benefit from our scholarships and living allowances, which come with very few strings attached – except our high expectations of our students.

Outstanding career potential

Given all these INSEAD differences, it is hardly surprising that our graduates go on to obtain academic positions at the best business schools and universities worldwide. Our placement record is truly excellent.

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FAQS

 

The INSEAD PhD in Management is a 5-year full-time degree.  The first two years of the programme are dedicated exclusively to courses (core and advanced), and the last 3 years are devoted exclusively to research and the completion of the doctoral dissertation. Please note that our PhD Programme is not available in a part-time or distance learning format.

At this time, no, we do not offer the PhD Programme in Abu Dhabi.  If you are interested in pursuing the PhD Programme, you must relocate to either the Singapore or Fontainebleau campuses for a full 5 years of study.  Part-time or distance learning is not possible either.

Absolutely.  The PhD Programme is taught exclusively in English. As English is the only official communication language at INSEAD, French is not required to study the PhD from our Fontainebleau campus (or the Singapore campus).

We do not grant any exemptions prior to admittance or during the applications and admissions process. In some instances, however, candidates may be exempted from a certain required course in which they demonstrate advanced knowledge. These exemption requests have to be submitted to the course instructor and be approved by the PhD Programme's Academic Director. If approved, alternative work is proposed.

No, the programme is not offered on a part-time or distance learning format. INSEAD's PhD in Management is an extremely intensive and rigorous 5 years full-time doctoral degree in business. All courses are compulsory and take place on either our Fontainebleau or Singapore campuses. It is neither possible to combine a PhD with your work nor do we offer the courses via distance learning.  Note that we offer a full tuition scholarship plus a generous stipend to cover living expenses during the 5 years of study; thus, working while studying is not necessary.

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