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KTO PhD in Management



KTO PhD In Management

Structure and content of the programme

Students interested in the KTO PhD in Management should first take the M2 Research in Management and Innovation (RMI), a University Côte d’Azur degree jointly offered by SKEMA and Gredeg/ISEM or have obtained an equivalent degree from another institution.

M2 Research in Management and Innovation (RMI)

The M2 RMI offers a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue doctoral studies and a career in research and teaching. It aims to provide students with a theoretical grounding and thorough research skills in a large spectrum of cutting-edge topics in management.

The programme places a strong focus on innovation, strategy and entrepreneurship. In the second semester, students design an individual, supervised research project, which they present at the end of the year to the RMI faculty. Regular seminars with top international scholars enrich the coursework component and expose the students to the highest academic publishing international standards. 

KTO PhD in Management

Students who successfully complete their M2 RMI (or have obtained an equivalent degree) and obtain a scholarship may apply for the KTO PhD in Management. 

The three-year PhD scholarship can be obtained through: (a) the doctoral school of the University Côte d’Azur (UCA); (b) an assistantship contract at SKEMA; (c) external funding. 

Fourth year scholarships are available on a competitive basis in the form of assistantship contracts offered by SKEMA. PhD students are given financial as well as training and procedural support to be successfully placed on the academic job market. Students are given the opportunity to attend conferences to present their papers, meet scholars of other universities and participate in job market events.

The first year of the PhD programme is dedicated to advanced courses, the definition of the dissertation (composed by three essays) and the development of the first paper. 

From the second year on, students focus on developing the other two papers composing the dissertation. Students are expected to shape their research agenda through interactions with the faculty and their advisors and to present their research at academic conferences. They will also acquire teaching expertise in their chosen fields. 

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