Curriculum


Programme Overview

The course part of the PhD programme consists of in total 40 ECTS (1 ECTS is approximately equal to 28 hours). PhD candidates will have to have finished the courses by the end of the second year. At the end of the first year they should have finished at least 25 ECTS. The remaining ECTS should be obtained in the second year. The courses are a compulsory part of the PhD programme and at the end of both the first and the second years PhD candidates will have to report to the ERIM programme coordinator about the courses they have taken and passed.

In the ERIM PhD programme, the PhD candidate and his/her supervisor(s) jointly develop a course plan that helps the PhD candidate develop the knowledge and research skills necessary to become a specialised researcher. Three months after the PhD candidate has entered the programme, he/she submits a course plan which contains the courses he/she intends to take. These courses should complement the PhD candidate's existing knowledge and skills and be helpful in carrying out the research project. This means that each PhD candidate will compose a programme that is customised to his/her individual needs and interests. The course plan consists of three types of courses: core courses, skill training, and specialisation courses. Please note that the core courses and the skill training are only open to PhD candidates participating in the ERIM PhD Programme.

Research Methodology and Research Methods (at least 10 ECTS)

The aim of these courses is to familiarise PhD candidates with research methodologies and applications in the domain of management research. Methodology makes explicit the scientific frame in which research is conducted; scientific rules which have to be adhered to in executing research. PhD’s choose a minimum of two of the methodology courses offered.

Lecturers
Conrad Heilmann Christopher Clarke
Level
Methodology
Code
BERMMC001
ECTS
5
Level
Methodology
Code
BERMMC002
ECTS
5
Lecturer
Pursey Heugens
Level
Methodology
Code
BERMMC003
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Alex Koning Patrick Groenen
Level
Methodology
Code
BERMMC004
ECTS
6
Lecturer
Marno Verbeek
Level
Methodology
Code
BERMMC005
ECTS
5
Lecturer
Chiel van Oosterom
Level
Methodology
Code
BERMMC006
ECTS
4
Lecturer
Alex Koning
Level
Methodology
Code
BERMMC008
ECTS
4
Lecturer
Vladimir Karamychev
Level
Methodology
Code
BERMMC009
ECTS
5
Lecturer
Judith Mulder
Level
Methodology
Code
BERMMC010
ECTS
4

Skills (6 ECTS)

In this part of the programme the writing, presenting, and research skills of the PhD candidates are trained. English, Scientific Integrity and Publishing Strategy are compulsory courses; furthermore, a number of other skill courses/workshops are offered every year, that are not obligatory.

Lecturers
Level
Skill
Code
BERMSKL001
ECTS
4
Level
Skill
Code
BERMSKL009
ECTS
1
Level
Skill
Code
BERMSKL010
ECTS
1

Advanced Courses

The main part of ERIM PhD programme consists of advanced courses. Each PhD candidate will compose an individual programme with courses that he/she plans to take. These courses will be in the field in which the PhD candidate is conducting his/her research and enhance specialised knowledge and research skills. ERIM fellows are involved in teaching a number of advanced courses.

Lecturers
Patrick Groenen Alex Koning
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERMAMC002
ECTS
5
Lecturer
Peter Wakker
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERMAMC004
ECTS
5
Lecturer
Maarten Wubben
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERMAMC005
ECTS
5
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERMAMC006
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Alex Koning Jan Brinkhuis
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERMAMC008
ECTS
4
Lecturer
Guido Berens
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERMAMC009
ECTS
2
Lecturer
George Hendrikse
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERMASC001
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Hans Weigand Otto Koppius Eric van Heck Anne Rutkowski Piet Ribbers Wolfgang Ketter
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERMASC008
ECTS
5
Lecturer
Justin Jansen
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERMASC009
ECTS
5
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERMASC012
ECTS
5
Lecturer
Michael Jensen
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERMASC020
ECTS
3
Lecturer
Bart de Jong
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERMASC026
ECTS
5
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERMASC031
ECTS
5
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERMASC032
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Taco Reus Arjen Slangen
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERMASC034
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Jan van den Ende Daan Stam Serge Rijsdijk Andrea Prencipe Murat Tarakci
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERMASC035
ECTS
5


ERIM PhD candidates can also decide to follow courses outside ERIM. Several national and international networks and programmes provide high quality specialised courses. Examples of these networks are:

Furthermore, PhD candidates can also follow courses in the doctoral programmes of other (foreign) universities and research schools. 

Research Proposal

At the end of the first year PhD candidates have to submit a written research proposal which describes the question(s), positioning, method and so on, of the research they are going to carry out in the remaining three years they are in the PhD programme. Two experts in the field in which the research is done will review the proposal. Based on their reviews a decision will be made as to whether PhD candidates can continue their research or will have to leave the programme.