The highly international faculty of Rennes SB represents a critical resource for incoming PhD students. Rennes School of Business fields of study are linked to our faculty specialisations, which cover all Management disciplines. Our Business School particularly welcomes students whose research interests are linked to its established research centres in Corporate Social Responsible, Innovation & Technology Management, and Supply Chain Management.


Programme mission

The PhD Programme prepares students for international, research-driven academic careers or research position in international companies or organizations. This is done by offering a structured doctorate degree programme that is both rigorous and relevant, using a combination of course work and courses. The main objective is to author a high quality research thesis and if possible, to publish in ranked journals.
The PhD programme combines advanced course work and workshops as well as structured supervision to help students design, execute, and publish high quality research while research while being an integral part of a vibrant international research community. Rennes School of Business has a deep strategic commitment to research (in particular with its research centers and the research of its Faculty members, visits of Renowned Research Guest Speakers), believing that its students deserve to be in contact with professors who push back the frontiers of their field of expertise.

A dual degree PhD

It is offered independently as a Rennes School of Business PhD degree, and for selected students, as a dual degree PhD with the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and UCD Dublin, Ireland. In this case, students will graduated with a PhD from both Rennes School of Business and the partner university. The choice between these options depends on the student, their supervisors, and is formalized at the start of the second year.

The PhD programme ensures access to excellent resources, networking opportunities and a globally recognized research doctorate, which are key to a successful and rewarding career.

First Year

The first year of the PhD programme offers an intensive combination of courses, course-work, skills training and structured supervision, building towards the first article of the thesis. The curriculum includes a series of core research courses – including qualitative and quantitative research methods, research methodology, and doctoral level management courses.


Our PhD programme prepares talented students for a rewarding career in academia

What is a PHD degree ?
"Combining rigour and relevance, our PhD programme prepares talented students for a rewarding career in academia. I look forward to personally welcoming you, with a structured programme and a network that reflects the strengths and ambitions of the school."

Admission procedure

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the PhD programme is selective and the minimum requirements for admission are:

  • a Master’s degree in a subject area related to the research
  • English proficiency shown by a recent (2 years’ maximum)
  • TOEFL (equivalent 100 IBT minimum) or IELTS (7.0 overall score with >/=6.5 in all 4 sections). The TOEIC is not accepted. GMAT and GRE scores are welcome but not obligatory.

In order for your application to be considered, please send electronically the following documents:

  • fully completed and signed application form
  • a motivation letter
  • statement of purpose in English a CV in English
  • copies of the latest Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees
  • transcripts language score (IELTS or TOEFL)
  • research proposal (10 pages maximum showing research skills and topic
  • 3 reference letters
  • 90€ application fees


Application deadline : applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, with early applications strongly encouraged and a final deadline of:

  • November 30 for January/February admissions, and
  • May 31 for September/October admissions

Academic calendar:

Specialization studies

  • Part-time (January to December 2017)
  • Full-time or part-time (September 2017 to July 2018)


  • Part-time (January 2018 to December 2022)
  • Full-time (September 2018 to August 2019) or dual-degree (September 2018 to August 2020)

Teaching Language:


Application fees:

Annual fees : 7,000€ per year (EU students); 10,000€ per year (non-EU students)


PhD Application Form 2017-2018 Download the pdf

Full Time Programme


  • Research Methodology, Organizational Behaviour, Statistics


  • Qualitative Research Methods, Quantitative Research Methods, Strategy


Summer N+1

  • Draft Article I
  • Annual PhD review
  • Annual PhD conference


  • Draft Article II
  • Annual PhD review
  • Annual PhD conference
  • Dual degree PhD


  • Thesis defence (minimum 3 papers)
  • Draft Article III
  • Annual PhD review
  • Annual PhD conference


  • Dual degree PhD


Part Time Programme


  • Research Methodology, Organizational Behaviour, Statistics


  • Qualitative Research Methods, Quantitative Research Methods, Strategy

YEARS 1 & 2

Summer N+1/2

  • Article I
  • Annual PhD review
  • Annual PhD conference


  • Draft Article II
  • Annual PhD review
  • Annual PhD conference
  • Dual degree PhD

YEARS 3 & 4

  • Thesis defence (minimum 3 papers)
  • Draft Article III
  • Annual PhD review
  • Annual PhD conference

YEARS 5 & 6

  • Dual degree PhD


Dual Degree

“The Amsterdam-Rennes dual-degree PhD combines the dynamism of one of France’s most international Grandes Écoles in management with the tradition, reputation and resources of the University of Amsterdam. An excellent proposition for ambitious PhD students.”
Dr Van Dissel, Han
Dean of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“The Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in University College Dublin is delighted to partner with Rennes School of Business’ PhD Programme, which gives doctoral students the opportunity to leverage the skills and traditions of both institutions. This partnership will add fresh perspectives which should benefit the practice of research and enhance the student’s learning experience.”
Dr O’Hogartaigh, Ciara
Dean of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland

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