KTO PhD in Management



Programme structure and required courses

Stucture and content of the programme


First year

In their first year, students attend basic courses on methods, fundamentals and the research proposal. Below, we report the complete list of courses offered in the first year(1).


  • Research Methods

  • Statistics

  • Econometrics

  • Qualitative methods


  • Microeconomics

  • Organization and organizing

  • Strategy

  • Knowledge base and innovation

  • Theories of the firm

  • Knowledge management, innovation and learning

Research proposal:

  • Writing a research proposal

  • Final research proposal

Seminars & workshops

Each course will have a final examination. The instructor of each course will define the content and the evaluation criteria.

(1) This list of courses could be subject to some changes.


Second Year

Admission to the second year

To move to the second year, students must:

  1. obtain at least a grade of C in all courses of the methods section,
  2. obtain at least a grade of B in each course of the fundamentals section,
  3. apply and obtain a scholarship for the second, third and fourth years of the PhD programme.

If the requirements for the completion of the first year are not met or students are not awarded a scholarship, a Master of Research in Management and Innovation is awarded as long as the student obtains at least a grade of C in all courses.

In the second year, students should attend advanced courses, offered either at SKEMA Business School or at other partner institutions. Moreover, students will defend their research proposal in front of the scientific committee.

Third and fourth years

The third and fourth years are dedicated to the writing of the dissertation. Students are encouraged to spend several months in a partner university. They are also expected to present their research works at academic conferences.


Seminars & workshops

Students are expected to participate to:

  1. KTO seminar series, where both KTO faculty members and invited speakers present their working papers,
  2. doctoral seminar series, where PhD students are invited to present their working papers. 

During the course of the programme, students are invited to attend events such as teaching seminars and publication workshops. Attendance at seminars and workshops is compulsory.

The graph bellow summarises the activities of the four years.


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