PhD in Management

Education objectives

The goals of the PhD in Management program are three-fold: first, to offer a learning experience that is aligned with the best international practices our program is designed to combine the practices of other leading business schools with our specific strengths; second, to develop state-of-the-art research in management sciences. Our PhD candidates are encouraged early on to publish their studies in top-tier journals; third, to stimulate a spirit of open scientific debate, in which different perspectives are confronted and discussed. Our strategy of internationalization contributes to this goal by gathering students from different cultures and scientific backgrounds, and by encouraging our students to present their work in renowned international conferences and spend one semester in another school.
Our learning outcomes are again three-fold: first, our graduates should be able to critically apply theories and methodologies in order to identify and explore key questions, issues, and problems in management and develop meaningful and original research for the discipline and/or context in which it was developed; second, they should become intellectually independent and be able to autonomously develop their own projects within their specific research stream. This should enable them to submit applications, as independent researchers, to national and international funding agencies; third, they should demonstrate mastery of several parallel skills, namely problem solving, information management, collaboration and teamwork, oral and written communication, and other skills that are transferable for a career in higher education and other areas. These learning outcomes are grounded in a strong emphasis on ethical standards in research and management practice.

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PhD (3rd Cycle)



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Degree pre-requisites

This study program, comprising 240 ECTS, will be taught at the Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE). The first year’s elective courses can be taken at another Higher Education Institution, national or international. Second year’s elective course must be taken at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in the location chosen by Nova Doctoral School.
The dissertation preparation course, in the second year, includes a mandatory semester of internationalization, to be carried out at a Higher Education Institution or Research Center outside Portugal.
Moreover, the PhD candidate must:
-    Write three papers in accordance with the scientific journals ’ standards and potentially published in one of those peer review journals, one per each year (between the 2nd and 4th years of the program), which is the period during which the thesis is written.
-    Present his/her papers in international conferences at least twice (in the 3rd and 4th years of the program).
-    Present his/her papers in internal seminars in every year of the Thesis course (2nd, 3rd, and 4th years)
-    Submit the PhD Thesis in scientific paper format or as a monograph
At the end of the Doctoral Program, the PhD candidate participates in public defense, culminating in the approval of the work that represents the great majority of the Doctoral degree.

Conditions of admittance

According to the article 30 of the DL No. 74/2006, of March 26th, those who meet any of the following conditions may
d) holders of a master’s degree or legal equivalent;
e) holders of a bachelor’s degree who have a particular relevant academic or scientific curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this study cycle by the legally and statutorily competent scientific body of the higher education institution.
f) Holders of an academic, scientific and professional curriculum recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this
study cycle by the legally and statutorily competent scientific body of the school;
Applicants should hold a master’s in Management, Economics, Finance or related fields, and a good level of English. The following documentation is needed:
-    Curriculum Vitae (in English)
-    Transcripts of records of undergraduate and graduate degrees with full list of courses and grades
-    Letter of intent;
-    Sample research proposal (up to 6000 words)
-    Recommendation letters (minimum 2)

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