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We will not deny that it entails hard work indeed, but the INSEAD PhD in Management could represent five of the most fulfilling years of your life. 

Area exploration

Becoming an expert

• Coursework
• Research practicum
• Summer Paper
• Field comprehensive examination
• Research paper

Dissertation and research

Award of PhD degree

• PhD candidacy
• Research and dissertation proposal
• Job market review and search
• Submission and defence of dissertation
• Graduation

• PhD teaching preparation programme
• Teaching practicum
• Soft skills training
• Participation in conferences
• Annual performance reviews

Areas of Specialisation


Our eight choices of specialisation cover the whole breadth of business – and the entire business school curriculum. During the first two years of the programme, there are core courses common to all areas, giving you insights from other disciplines and confidence for your future career. As a PhD student, along with these core courses, you will take a set of advanced course requirements applicable to your chosen field of specialisation, and these must be met in order to qualify in the field.


Strategy Foundations Interview Series

Doctoral students are bringing the academic community closer to esteemed scholars who have contributed significant foundational body of work at the intersection of strategy, knowledge and innovation through an interview series that usually take place in conjunction with the Annual Strategy Management Society (or SMS) Conferences. This is part of their requirement in the “Foundations in Strategy and Organisation” class with faculty members, Gabriel Szulanski and Guoli Chen.



The first two years of the programme teaches the fundamentals of business in interdisciplinary classes, with the addition of specialist courses in your chosen area of specialisation. These core and advanced courses form your foundation of your knowledge in your area, along with intensive training in research methodologies, culminating in the production of a formal research paper during your dissertation phase. 

Core Courses

A set of core courses in the first year provides the basic theory and methodology for research in management, irrespective of the eventual field of specialisation, and forms the basis for the more advanced, specialised studies of the second year.

Core Courses

Advanced Courses 

During the second year (some may start as early as end of first year), students focus on training in their chosen field of expertise. Advanced courses are typically offered on a two-year cycle and may be complemented by reading courses or independent studies in fields of interest to the student and to faculty members. 

Advanced Courses

Dual Degree PhD Programme




As part of our membership of the ten-member Sorbonne Université Alliance, INSEAD PhD candidates can benefit from a dual doctorate with Sorbonne Université. INSEAD is proud to be part of the Alliance Sorbonne Université that provides members with access to numerous shared programmes and projects in a cross-disciplinary and global approach to education and research.

For more information:  Doctoral Schools: INSEAD PhD - Pôle Management (Management Track)




Campus Exchanges


Campus exchange is an integral experience of your doctoral journey. You will have the unique opportunity to spend some time between Europe and Asia Campuses, benefit from a collaborative relationship with Wharton through the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance, and go for exchanges or visits with other academic institutions to undergo specific training in topics where there are relevant experts outside of INSEAD.

Read more about campus exchange possibilities.

The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance 

INSEAD’s alliance with The Wharton School is part of a major strategic partnership between the two schools. Each school offers complimentary centres of expertise and campus locations for a compelling global network that no other school can offer. Exchanges and visits of doctoral students are major pillars of this long-standing relationship. PhD students largely benefit from this collaborative relationship between the two schools. Some financial aid may be available through the Alliance Centre for Global Research and Development for exchanges and other research-related activities, all subject to prior approval by both schools. About the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance. 

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INSEAD only offers a PhD in Management. However, in the programme, you can pursue research that is of interest to you given our 8 areas of specialisation - Accounting, Decision Sciences, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, Strategy, and Technology and Operations Management. 

Yes, you can apply to the INSEAD PhD even if your background is non-management. If you have a strong undergraduate or graduate record in virtually any discipline, an enquiring and creative mind, and fascination with business research, you are welcome to explore and apply to the programme. What is also important is how you are able to leverage on your prior background and when combined with management discipline, you are able to come up with research that is relevant, timely and significant.

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.

Yes. The Alliance Centre for Global Research and Education has extended its reach to INSEAD and Wharton PhD's by making them eligible to join a faculty member from the partner school in order to constitute an Alliance Centre research project. For further details, visit Alliance Teaching Innovations

No, there is no difference in the quality of education between the two campuses - Asia and Europe Campuses.  The curriculum, faculty and courses are the same in France and Singapore.  Moreover, during your first two years, many of your classes will take place together across the two campuses via video-conference.  Thus, no matter where you study, you will have access to the same high quality education because the teaching, research and the prestige of the degree is the same no matter which campus you choose. This is also extended to the academic placements opportunities, admissions and financing, which is the same across the two campuses. 

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