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    Tuesday, 13 December 2022

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    Wednesday, 15 March 2023

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Experienced professionals eager to further develop their academic skills and knowledge next to their professional activities have the opportunity to enrol in a PhD programme with solid courses and effective supervision of research combining academic rigour and practical relevance. At the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), accommodating rigorous academic research at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), part-time PhD students will carry out research on topics with real-world application value over the course of 4-5 years. Expand your knowledge and skillset with the freedom of flexibility, join an international cohort, and gain access to our talented alumni network!

Through research and education, you will acquire extensive knowledge and hone your analytical skills, enabling you to grow into an engaged researcher who effectively understands and addresses societal challenges. Play your part by benefiting from advanced research training under the supervision of distinguished academic experts and faculty, as well as by participating in international academic conferences.

Our research areas consist of:

  • Accounting and Control
  • Business Information Management
  • Business-Society Management
  • Finance
  • Innovation Management
  • Marketing
  • Organisation and Personnel Management
  • Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Supply Chain Management

Required qualifications

For admission to the Part-Time PhD programme at ERIM, you must:

  • Be a professional with at least five years of working experience relevant to management or business economics
  • Have a BSc and MSc/MBA degree (only eligible when completed with written MSc/MBA thesis) in a relevant discipline
  • Have a strong interest in and capacity to conduct academic research, demonstrated through excellent study results and publications such as white papers or books
  • Have proof of proficiency in English. For example, a TOEFL or IELTS test, which should not be more than two years old
  • Commit to investing at least 20 hours per week on average

In addition to these formal requirements, candidates will be selected according to excellence. Your CV, motivation letter, and endorsement from your intended supervisors will be critical components in admission decisions.

We offer

  • Thorough training in research methods and skills
  • A course programme of solid theoretical and empirical foundations, organised in modules of about one week each and amounting to at least 20 ECTS
  • Supervision and coaching by ERIM’s top research faculty
  • Access to ERIM’s excellent research facilities, electronic journals and databases, conference events, and research seminars
  • A large and highly active international network of alumni and corporate relations
  • An internationally recognised PhD degree from one of Europe’s leading universities, with schools in business and management (Rotterdam School of Management) and economics and econometrics (Erasmus School of Economics)
  • The production of your dissertation as a professional electronic manuscript and printed book, as well as a formal public defense ceremony to celebrate your success

How to Apply

To apply to the Part-Time PhD programme, candidates need to submit the following documents:

  • A motivation letter that explains why you would like to do a PhD and why you chose to apply to ERIM. Please sketch your educational and professional background and elaborate on the research area in which you would like to do your PhD; please be specific and clearly refer to a research area specified under ‘Open Projects’ on the programme’s website
  • A brief research statement (one page suffices) in which you outline the type of research questions that you intend to study and the type of methodologies that you intend to employ. You may broadly sketch your interests or be specific about concrete research questions that you envision answering. You may also explain whether (or not) you intend to utilize data from your current employer and/or work on research questions related to your current profession
  • A proof of writing in the English language. The purpose of this document is to demonstrate that you are capable of writing academic texts in English. This can be, for example, a chapter of your MSc or MBA thesis, a paper, or a research proposal for your intended research
  • Proof of your English level. I.e., the results of a TOEFL or IELTS test not older than two years. The minimum score for TOEFL is 100; for IELTS a minimum score of 7.5 or 7 is required by RSM and ESE respectively
  • Certified BSc diploma(s) and grade list(s)
  • Certified MSc or MBA diploma(s) and grade list(s). Please note that to be eligible for consideration, applicants are required to have completed their degree with a written thesis
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • The Admissions Committee requires the following from applicants with intended supervisors from ESE:
    • A research plan coordinated with the intended supervisor from ESE
    • Two reference letters
    • A reference letter from the future supervisor. Note that at least one of the supervisors has to be employed full-time by ESE
  • (Optional) The additional submission of a more extensive research proposal (see point “proof of writing”)
  • (Optional) If you have already been in contact with RSM faculty who would be willing to supervise you if you are accepted to the program, please add a letter of recommendation from your intended promotor(s)
  • (Optional) If you need to apply for a tuition fee waiver due to financial hardship, please add an additional document containing:
    • A substantiated explanation of being unable to pay the tuition fees through your own resources
    • A summary of other funding opportunities (e.g., employer contribution, scholarships outside of RSM etc.) that you have explored so far
    • The societal value that your PhD degree would have

The Admissions Committee may also ask you to take a GMAT test and/or to submit additional documents as part of the evaluation process.

Contact the Part-time PhD management office: ptphd@erim.eur.nl 

Website: https://www.erim.eur.nl/doctoral-programme/part-time-phd-in-business-and-management/

About RSM

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China. www.rsm.nl

RSM is a faculty of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). EUR is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research. Our scientists and students work in close collaboration with internal and external parties to solve global, social challenges, inspired by the always dynamic and cosmopolitan Rotterdam. Our mission is therefore "Creating positive societal impact". Our academic education is intensive, active and application-oriented. Our research increasingly takes place in multidisciplinary teams, which are strongly intertwined with international networks. With our research impact and thanks to the high quality of education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. The Erasmian values ​​function as our internal compass and make Erasmus University recognizable to the outside world: engaged with society, world citizen, connecting, entrepreneurial and open-minded. www.eur.nl