PhD in Management

The Program

Choose your future

The program is a four-year, full-time structured program delivered in English. Upon acceptance into the PhD program, students will work with their thesis’ supervisors who accompany the research process and development.

The first year is the coursework part of the program, while the last three years are dedicated to research. Students are also expected to take part in the Nova SBE research seminars regularly.

The thesis is the last stage of the PhD. It is composed of three research papers targeted for publication in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.

At a glance

Study type: full-time program;

Duration: four years

Four areas of research

Language: English

Visiting Abroad: at an international university

The Program


  • Bridging Mathematics
  • PhD Orientation

Coursework: 1st and 2nd semesters

  • Design of the PhD project
  • Exemplary Research
  • Hot Topics in Exemplary Research
  • Hot Topics in Qualitative Methods
  • Hot Topics in Quantitative Methods
  • Microeconomics
  • Organizational Theory
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Social Behavior
  • Statistics I and Statistics II
  • Electives

By the end of each course it’s foreseen an exam.

Final year examinations take place in June (in addition to coursework’ exams).

  • PhD project
  • Annual Assessment

Requirements to successfully complete the first year:

  • Completing and get a passing grade in all courses and the Annual Assessment


Attend and complete the NOVA Doctoral School courses (soft skills).

Exchange Term

Students organize their semester(s) abroad from the second year, which is required to complete the PhD.

Requirements to successfully complete the remaining years until the conclusion of the PhD

  • Passing the Annual Assessment
  • Attending the Nova SBE research seminars

Final requirement for the conclusion of the PhD Thesis

The thesis is the last stage of your PhD. It is composed of three research papers you develop throughout your PhD. These are intended to represent independent and original work of a publishable standard.


Work with and learn from our faculty of leading academics. Our international faculty is prominent for their academic expertise and publications in leading peer-reviewed journals. 

Research Seminars

We believe in disseminating knowledge that impacts the world. Therefore, we invite researchers to present their work and latest results in four key areas – Economics, Finance, Management, and Africa & Development.

Job Market

Our faculty is there to support you in our job market. We train our students to present their research and to be at the top of their field.

Exchange Term: Explore the Research Network

Students can organize their exchange term starting from the second year. Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity to be exposed to other research ideas and develop your personal network.

Students can take advantage of our faculty network to organize their semester abroad.


  • Durham University (UK)
  • University of Zurich (Switzerland)
  • London School of Economics and Political Sciences (UK)
  • University Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
  • Oxford University (UK)
  • Rotterdam School of Management (The Netherlands)

Train for Your Future

We provide students with strong supervision and mentorship. We also encourage them to present their work in international conferences and explore other research environments during the exchange term.