The Doctoral Degree
The purpose of the PhD degree programme is to prepare students of exceptional talent for careers in research and teaching at the world's leading academic institutions, research centres, consulting or financial firms, and international organisations. Students are encouraged to pursue their own research interests from the first year to the completion of their dissertation.
In addition to research for the doctoral thesis, the PhD includes:
- Formal defence of the Thesis Proposal
- Attending research seminars at the Department of Economics and Business
- Some course work. To complement the research training, the Director of the PhD programme can also recommend specific courses in some of the master's programmes that are coordinated by the department and its affiliated schools.
- Presentations in conferences and periods spent at other universities are highly recommended and partially financed by the programme.
Once registration is formalised, the Academic Commission assigns a tutor to every doctoral student. The tutor will accompany the student for the entirety of the PhD process.
During the first six months of the first year, the doctoral student must present a supervisor proposal. A thesis can have more than one supervisor, as long as there are academic reasons such as thematic interdisciplinarity. Thesis supervisor(s) are assigned by the Academic Commission.
Document of commitment
The University, the doctoral student, and the supervisor all sign a document of commitment, which outlines the functions of the student supervision.