Structured for Success Around Courses and Research, Europe and Asia




Area exploration

Becoming an expert

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

Areas of Specialisation


Each INSEAD PhD Student is able to specialise in one of the eight areas of specialisation. In addition to the core course requirements (112 units), each field of specialisation lists a set of specialisation requirements, which must be met by students to qualify in that field. 

Programme structure



Core Courses

A set of core and advanced 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, 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

Campus Exchanges


Campus exchanges and exchanges with and visits to other institutions are encouraged.

>> Read more about the different exchange possibilities

The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance

INSEAD’s alliance with The Wharton School is part of a major strategic partnership between the two schools. exchanges and visits of doctoral students are major pillars of this long-standing relationship. Each school offers complementary centres of expertise and campus locations for a compelling global network that no other school can offer, whereby PhD students registered largely benefit from the collaborative relationship and exchange across two schools. Some financial aid may be available through the Alliance Centre for Global Research and Development. 

Upcoming : 8th Annual INSEAD-Wharton Doctoral Consortium, 25 - 27 October 2019 at the Wharton School

Doctoral Events: 
7th Annual INSEAD-Wharton Doctoral Consortium, September 26 - 28, 2018 at INSEAD Europe Campus
6th Annual Wharton-INSEAD Doctoral Consortium, November 7 - 8, 2017 at the Wharton School
5th Annual INSEAD-Wharton Doctoral Consortium, December 7 - 9, 2016 at INSEAD Asia Campus
4th Annual Wharton-INSEAD Doctoral Consortium, September 30 - October 02, 2015 at the Wharton School

>> Learn more about the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance Exchange

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