The Rennes School of Business PhD programme integrates students into a rich and varied academic environment over 3 years, exposing them to top level research in their chosen discipline. The programme uses a mix of specialised teaching and research activities to enable students to acquire specialist knowledge in their domain, preparing them for an outstanding career in their domain.
The mission of the PhD programme is to enable participants to develop the necessary research and analytical skills to bring a valuable contribution to their area of academic expertise. Over the three years of the programme, participants are prepared for international, research-driven academic careers or research positions in multinational companies, organisations or institutions.
The PhD is a three-year, full-time programme which includes three taught courses covering advanced research skills and methods, and one in the specialist discipline of your PhD. You also attend workshops and seminars organised regularly by one of the five Research Centres to which you are attached, and by the Centre for Unframed Thinking (CUT). The main learning experience comes from carrying out your own research with the collaboration and support of your supervisors, giving you the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area of expertise.
You will participate in various research and teaching activities such as attending national and international academic or practitioner conferences to prepare you for writing and publishing in academic journals and to become familiar with cutting-edge research on topics which can have a real impact on society. All PhD students present their work at least once a year in a workshop with faculty attendees at Rennes SB to foster inter-disciplinary knowledge and PhD community participation. We encourage visits or stays at partner universities and time spent teaching undergraduate courses and tutorials to prepare for your future careers.
All students benefit from a supervisory team including a minimum of one Rennes SB faculty member and one external supervisor from a partner university. Currently, we have PhD students who are being co-supervised by IMT-Atlantique, INRAe, University College Dublin, The University of Strasbourg, and Linköping University. We believe that our PhD students are better prepared for an international career by being exposed to the research expertise and expectations of two different institutions.
To be eligible you must have obtained merit or distinction in your Master’s level degree in Business, Management or a related discipline (e.g. economics, law) from a reputed university or higher education institution. Applicants from other academic backgrounds must provide written justification for how their previous work or experience has prepared them to join one of the research centres’ specialised research orientations.
English proficiency (one of the following):
Evidence of ability to support yourself financially for 3 years for self-funded applicants.
Candidates should complete the application form provided below (“Apply Here” button) and return it with all the required documents listed at the end of the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org before 1 July 2022. The subject line of the e-mail should be “Name Surname – PhD application”.
Before starting we remind you that you will need to provide a short research proposal linked to one of the Research Centre orientations, preferably with a proposed Rennes SB supervisor.
Please explore our Research Centres sites below and the Faculty profiles to ensure that your research area fits with Rennes SB’s orientations.
The selection procedure of candidates is as follows:
Take a look at some specific project calls for September 2022:
Irresponsible/deviant marketing practices such as deceptive advertising, and misleading product claims are prevalent across industries. This project will explore the financial consequences of such deviant marketing practices. That is, how do such corporate practices impact a firm’s profitability/cash flow/risk, etc. Furthermore, this project will endeavour to identify a set of firm-, industry, and country-level contingencies. By its very nature, this is a transdisciplinary research project, both theoretically and methodologically. This study will require the utilisation of germane theories from Marketing, Strategic management, and Finance. Methodologically, archival data from multiple sources will be collected and analysed using appropriate econometric modeling.
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Cryptocurrencies, are a financial asset class that have attracted massive attention from the public and academia since their inception. The digital currency research originated from an anonymous and untraceable electronic currency system developed by Chaum (1983). Bitcoin, as the first successful experiment, is considered as one of the most interesting recent developments in modern monetary economies. Up to date, the debate surrounding the merits and pitfalls of cryptocurrencies remain unabated.
In this project we analyse recent developments of the cryptocurrency market and its main counterparts, i.e., currencies, DeFi, stablecoins, smart contract platforms, and decentralised and centralised exchanges. The markets are studied from the point of view of their efficiency, liquidity, volatility, hedging characteristics, arbitrage possibilities, etc. that can be used in building effective investment strategies.
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Registration and Administrative fees: €1500 per year.
€500 a year for students with Rennes SB scholarship.
Rennes SB offers two scholarships of 20 400€ net per year to excellent students. Students may also apply for an external 3-year scholarship from a company, governmental or academic institution. Examples of information on national or international PhD funding bodies can be found here:
National and international scholarships:
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The French Embassy in your country may also provide grants.