Books - ESCP Europe Ph.D. Programme

Point of View

“Besides a course of high quality the programme gave me the opportunity to start my career as a professor within the programme « Grande Ecole ».

In addition, the efficient infrastructure and the curious students avid of knowledge enabled me to acquire new competences.

Finally, I would like to add that if the programme is very rich, it's due to the work of our multicultural and well united research team.”

Inès Jeridi, Sousse University, Tunisia.
ESCP Europe Ph.D.

Paris Ph.D. Programme


The main goal of the Ph.D. programme is to help its students acquire the fundamental skills of a teacher-researcher. Through these teachings, students work towards their thesis, a research project of great importance and of the utmost quality. Apart from the dissertation work, the doctoral programme provides a general and thorough research training, a chosen field of specialization and a teaching and educational training, totalling 300 course hours.

The programme also includes exchanges during workshops and access to other resources, whether it be internal resources (ESCP Europe programmes) or external (external teachings and seminars, both nationally and internationally).

The programme works at promoting:

  • An active participation of the doctoral students
  • Flexibility and adaptation to each individual’s needs
  • The entry of doctoral students into national and international networks
  • Synergy with the Berlin Ph.D. programme

Five General Requirement Courses

1. Philosophy of Science and Methodology (129 hours)

  • Philosophy of Science & Research Design,
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Quantitative Methodologies
  • Mixed Methodologies

2. Theoretical and Methodological Specialization (60 hours)

This course varies according to the department and field and may be adapted to the student’s project. Its components can be part of the following aspects:

  • Courses or seminars offered internally by the Ph.D. programme
  • Courses followed in other ESCP Europe programmes
  • Personalized monitoring National and International External Programmes (ex: seminar EDEN/EIASM)

Thanks to this specialization, each student can define with their thesis and programme director a personalized programme. Students can also resort to personalized assistance, individually or in small groups, to a limit of 10 hours per student (in accordance with the thesis and programme directors’ opinion).

3. Educational Teachings (32.5 hours)

This course consists of the following:

  • Understanding Adult Learning
  • How to teach management
  • How to teach in Executive Education
  • Learning through practical exercise (simulations and observations)
  • Workshops : MBTI Test – Crisis Management
  • Participant-centered learning with cases
  • Experiential Approach of Learning in Business Schools

4. Academic Publication (39 hours)

  • Academic Journals: Understanding the Processes for Getting Published
  • Meet with Editors,
  • Writing Workshops,
  • Publishing Seminars

5. Becoming an Academic (30 hours)

  • Induction Seminar
  • Ethics in Research and Intellectual Property
  • Academic Careers
  • Training to bibliographic management softwares and data bases

Evaluation and Validation

Each of the five major courses must be validated with at least three assessment marks for each course. These marks can concern exams or class work.

The curriculum should preferably be completed in the first year and in any case must be completed in the two first years. It must therefore be validated at the end of the second year.