Part-Time PhD in Management and Economics

Part-Time PhD in Management and Economics. Duration: 5-6 years.


Part-time PhD students at the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) carry out rigorous, high-quality research on topics with real-world application over the course of 5-6 years.

Tuition fee: Contingent on year (€ 10,000 for years 1 and 2, € 7,000 for years 3 and 4, € 6,000 for subsequent years, with a maximum of € 45,000).

The programme is designed for experienced professionals eager to further develop their academic skills and knowledge next to their professional activities. The part-time PhD includes a programme of courses on research methods, skills, and processes, alongside supervision from world leading scholars in the fields of business, management, and economics.

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. As part of a highly international cohort, you will benefit from advanced research training from distinguished academic experts and faculty, and opportunities to engage in the research community within ERIM as well as by participating in international academic conferences.

The Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) includes the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), covering research across a number of areas of business, management, and economics.

RSM research areas:

ESE research areas:

The research areas of RSM and ESE partly overlap so please look at each carefully to find the best fit. You can also apply for multiple research areas, and there are opportunities for collaborative supervision across the schools. 

Required profile

 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 or 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, for up to 6 years.

• Commit to attending all mandatory on campus modules in person.

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

•  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

Please submit: 

  • A motivation letter: why you want to do a PhD and why you chose ERIM. Describe relevant educational and professional background and elaborate your desired research area. 

  • 1 page research proposal of the type of research questions and methodologies you intend to employ, either as a sketch or specific questions. State if data comes from your current employer or your research is related to your current profession. If interested in Economics at ESE, please coordinate it with your intended supervisors. 

  • Proof of academic writing in English: a chapter of your master thesis, a paper, or a research proposal. 

  • Proof of your English proficiency; TOEFL (minimum 100) or IELTS (minimum 7.5) no older than two years. 

  • Certified BSc diploma(s) and grade list(s). 

  • Certified MSc or MBA diploma(s) and grade list(s). To be eligible for consideration, you must have completed a degree with a written thesis. 

  • CV 

  • (Optional) Your intended supervisor(s) if you have already contacted RSM or ESE faculty, the admissions committee may contact them for a recommendation. 

  • (Optional) GMAT/GRE results. 

  • (Optional) If you are applying for a tuition fee waiver, please explain why you cannot pay through your own resources, give a summary of funding options already explored, and the societal value of your PhD research. 

Contact information

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