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Program

Our PhD students first complete the Master of Research in Management, which lasts two years. Thereafter you progress to the doctoral phase, which consists of proposing and then defending your PhD thesis. This second phase usually lasts three years.

Students embarking on the MRM and the PhD are required to choose a field of study in management or social behavior sciences.





THE PhD AT A GLANCE

MRM

2-year, full-time program: core, advanced and specialized courses, seminars and electives.

PhD

Dissertation in specialized field, guided by PhD advisor through to thesis defense.

MRM

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The IESE Master of Research in Management equips you with quantitative and qualitative methodological skills to publish your research in mainstream academic journals. You will pursue a full-time, two-year program of core, advanced and specialized courses, seminars and electives.

You sit an exam in your area of specialization at the end of the second year in order to pass on to the doctoral phase.

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PhD

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Once you successfully complete the MRM degree program and are admitted to the PhD degree, you move into the dissertation stage in the specialized field of your choice.

You will be closely mentored by faculty, who orient you through this research phase, until the time comes to defend your thesis.

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  • Testimonial

    “The Master of Research is a comprehensive process. You are exposed to academic papers, to people, to the tools that ultimately make the real difference between one researcher and another. There is a focus on you as a human being that means that you have the chance to become a great – not just a good – researcher.”

    MARIE NOËLLE N’GUESSAN

    MARIE NOËLLE N’GUESSAN
    PhD Student
  • Testimonial

    “Doing my PhD at IESE meant I could tap into the full global reach of the school, which enriched my research enormously. The school has campuses in Europe and North and South America, as well as a vast network of business and senior executives all over the world which serve as a forum for research.”

    TOM VANDEBROEK

    TOM VANDEBROEK
    PhD'15

FIELDS OF STUDY

You will be required to select a specific field of specialization both for admittance into the MRM and the PhD programs. There are 10 fields of study that you can choose from.

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RESEARCH

At IESE we have a passion for research. We will empower you to master the craft of research and support, encourage and stretch you to become a world-class researcher.

EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES

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You will be mentored and advised by IESE faculty who enjoy close ties with the world’s leading business schools. Depending on your specific case and the research interests of your faculty mentor, you may have the opportunity to explore exchange opportunities.

Past exchange experiences have included programs with top schools such as Harvard, MIT, Wharton and others.