Rennes School of Business has launched a new PhD programme where students receive a scholarship from the school and are co-directed by another French or foreign institution. With this framework, from the beginning, students are encouraged to see their PhD as their first position in academia. By benefiting from the research expertise and meeting the expectations of two different institutions, they are better prepared for an international academic career. In Rennes SB, PhD students belong to one of our four areas of excellence, namely “Agribusiness”, “Artificial Intelligence”, “Green, Digital & Demand-Driven Supply Chain Management”, and “Mïnd” where the PhD programme curriculum requires coursework and immerse our students in all aspects of academic life. For instance, students are encouraged to gain in teaching and research assistant experience, to present their work at national and international conferences, they are prepared for writing in academic journals and to consider research topics which can have a real impact on society.
The PhD programme in Management prepares students for international, research-driven academic careers or research positions in international companies or organisations. This is done by offering a structured PhD programme that is both rigorous and relevant, and which ambition is to lead to a high-quality original research thesis.
The standard PhD registration is 36 months for full-time students and the equivalent for part-time students. Students will join one of the four areas of excellence which is generally the one of their PhD supervisors. During those 36 months, students will write their PhD thesis, complete two methodological courses and two specialised courses, and defend their PhD thesis. As part of a team of researchers, they benefit from a dynamic academic environment, they attend various seminars series, present their work at the annual Rennes SB PhD workshop and get financial support to participate to national and international conferences.
150 ECTS is allocated to the PhD thesis and the defence and 30 ECTS is allocated to the PhD courses and to any activities related to research (presentation of working papers to the LAB, seminars and conferences, publications) and teaching activities (the opportunity is available for PhD students to be employed as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant to assist in the running of undergraduate student lecture and tutorials).
Rennes school of business is a triple-accredited business school (Equis, AACSB, AMBA) and is ranked in the top French 10 by the Financial Times and the QS.
This excellence is reflected in the research teams who publish regularly in top peer-reviewed journals and are members of editorial boards. Our PhD students are therefore closely supervised by internationally recognised scholars producing frontier research in a large number of fields:
Rennes SB has several conventions with French and foreign institutions. This allows our PhD students to benefit from dual PhD degrees. For instance, some of our PhD students are co-supervised by IMT-Atlantique, INRA, University College Dublin, University of Strasbourg, or the University of Toulouse. We believe that by being exposed to the research expertise and expectations of two different institutions, that our PhD students are better prepared for an international career.
The courses available to the PhD students can change from one year to another, depending for instance on visiting Professors.
Below is a list of courses available for the academic year 2021-2022:
The 3 years Rennes SB scholarship includes:
Scholarship financed by a company
PhD students can be hired by a company to conduct research at Rennes SB under a CIFRE contract.
Scholarship financed by the European Union
Annual administration fees: