Areas of specialization

Toulouse School of Management offers an intensive doctoral programme for individuals interested in conducting independent research. Our programme combines the best of theory, practice and research methods with scholarly integrity. The courses are accompanied by research practice. Graduates pursue careers in leading universities and business schools, policy-oriented institutions and private firms.

To follow international best practices, research at Toulouse School of Management begins in the second year of the Master, with a dedicated research programme, and during two years, the curriculum of the doctoral programme emphasizes four essential areas of training for doctoral students:

An integrated Doctoral Programme curriculum



Once admitted, students follow structured coursework that upon successful completion results in a Masters in Science diploma. The first year of the TSM Doctoral Programme is focused on providing analytical and theoretical tools for a successful academic or industry-oriented career. 

In year 2 of the Doctoral Programme students refine their research ideas, theoretical background, and their research design in close relationship with their advisors. Thus students gradually become more advanced and independent in the design and execution of original research. The later years of the doctoral programme are dedicated to original research and the creation of a PhD dissertation.

PhD candidates participate in the life of the department, including seminars. They also present their research work in workshops, are encouraged to participate in international conferences and international visiting periods, and, finally, defend their dissertations. Throughout the course of the programme, our doctoral students engage in job market preparation, publication development, and training and networking activities to help ensure a successful transition into roles in academia or industry following their thesis defense.