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Doctoral Studies // Business Administration

The doctoral programme of EBS constitutes an important part of our range of programmes. Our objective is to provide doctoral students with an inspiring and challenging research environment. The programme complements the supervision by a professor with a structured programme of theoretical and methodical courses. Your supervisor will challenge your ideas and inspire your inquisitiveness further in a guided process of annual reviews.


Below the most important elements of the EBS Doctoral Study Programme

Mandatory courses conveying a theoretical and methodological background supplemented by specialized electives customized to the different fields of research. Annual proposal defences guaranteeing regular feedback and involvement of the candidate’s second supervisor in the research process. The opportunity to spend a research semester at one of our international partner universities. Obligatory presentation of a competitive paper at an international scientific conference. Presentations and discussions at the different Research Colloquium of the EBS.

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Programme Structure

Programme structure

The course programme consists of a variety of courses, which evolves every year, depending on demand and feedback from the students. The teaching language is English. Courses are offered as block-seminars, but are not taking place on weekends. The attandance in courses from other doctoral programmes (e.g. EDEN seminars and workshops being organized by EIASM (www.eiasm.be) or courses of ebs partner universities is encouraged. Credits can be awarded by formal request from the Doctorates Committee.

Mandatory Courses

A Crash Course in Empirical Theory

In a first part of this crash course we will concentrate on general questions from the theory and philosophy of science, e. g. “types of scientific explanation”, “confirmation of hypotheses”, “the nature of scientific theories” or “progress in science”. A minor second part analyses specific questions from current debates in the sciences. In keeping with the general aim of the course, i. e. investigate universal structures in science and to supply additional educational background, we deliberately choose examples mostly from outside economics. The resulting distance to the usual professional or research-topics of the participants serves to illuminate structural characteristics of the cases discussed.

Academic Wrtiting & Publishing

In this class we comprehensively discuss issues of scholarly writing, including the writing process and the structure of empirical (deductive) manuscripts. We address issues regarding methodology from a journal reviewer’s perspective, discuss the review process, and examine the publication process based on a recent example. The ultimate goal is to improve your scholarly work.

Methodical Courses taught in this academic year are

  • Microeconometrics of Financial Institutions
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Survey Design & Measurement in Social Science
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Panel Data Econometrics
  • Time Series Analysis
Requirements

Requirements & Application

To apply as a doctoral student, applicants need to obtain a promise of doctoral supervision by a senior professor of EBS Business School and then apply to the Doctorates Committee via the Office for Doctoral Studies, who votes on the admission of new applicants.

As a minimum requirement, applicants need to have a master degree (with a cumulated minimum of 300 ECTS in their bachelor and master) or a “Diplomkauffrau/-mann” with a GPA of 2.5 or higher (“Prädikatsexamen”). In the case of international degrees, additional three months processing time may be required. Accordingly, documents need to be submitted to the Office for Doctoral Studies well in advance. In addition, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be requested by the supervising professor.

For more information regarding the application process and the doctoral studies at EBS Business School in general, please contact the Office for Doctoral Studies.

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