FAQs

  1. Do I need to find a Phd supervisor to apply ? 

  2. I have a Master’s/MBA/DESS/DEA/Maitrise/Other degree. Can I apply for a doctorate?

  3. I already have a Master's. Can I complete the MSc courses and the MPhil courses at the same time?

  4. When can I apply?

  5. Will my application be accepted?

  6. Can I do the doctorate through distance learning?

  7. I have been working for a long time. Can I do the doctorate at an accelerated pace since I have lots of experience?

  8. Can I fund myself?

  9. What is the average monthly living cost?

  10. Who should I ask to provide a reference for my application?

  11. How long does a PhD take?

  12. I am pursuing my doctorate at a University outside of France. How can I receive a letter of invitation to do research at your University?

  13. How can I do a PhD in cotutelle?

 

Do I need to find a Phd supervisor to apply?

No. You should apply first for admission to the Doctoral Programme. Each application will be carefully studied by the professors in the field of specialization. Final decisions are made by the Doctoral Programme Board, so though you could identify potential supervisors doing research in your field of interest, it is not necessary to contact them to agree on supervision prior to application. Identifying the best supervisor is an essential and important milestone for your future PhD thesis: you will do it, with the Doctoral Programme support, during the first 6 months of the MSc degree.

I have a Master’s/MBA/DESS/DEA/Maitrise/Other degree. Can I apply for a doctorate?

A Bachelor’s degree (in the US), the completion of the first year of a Master (in Europe) or an equivalent diploma, representing a four-year course of study (equivalent 240 ECTS) in an accredited college or university, is required for admission to the doctoral programme (Year 1, Master of Science). A completed Master’s degree is not required, although many applicants have a Master’s degree in such fields as management, finance, economics, engineering, psychology, statistics or other related fields. Superior academic performance is expected. 

I already have a Master's. Can I complete the MSc courses and the MPhil courses at the same time?

No, students must sequentially complete the courses in the Master of Science and the MPhil. The programmes are concurrently scheduled, which makes it impossible to complete both programmes during the same academic year.

When can I apply?

The doctoral programme is full time, with one intake each year (early September). Two application sessions occur during fall and spring.

Will my application be accepted?

We cannot provide you with a preliminary opinion of your application because admission decisions are taken by the Doctoral School Board.

Can I do the doctorate through distance learning?

No, the doctorate is not offered online or through distance learning. While a full-time presence in Toulouse is not necessary, PhD students must be able to come to Toulouse to take classes and participate in Doctoral School events. Courses are not scheduled to accommodate working students.

I have been working for a long time. Can I do the doctorate at an accelerated pace since I have lots of experience?

While most doctoral students need a little over four years to finish their thesis, there is no impediment for doctoral students who are ready to defend their thesis in less time. Note that a Ph.D. is awarded for original research, and past publications or projects cannot generally be used alone to complete the doctorate.

Can I fund myself?

Tuition fees waivers start in year 1 of the doctoral programme.
Scholarships and other PhD fundings start in year 2 of the doctoral programme. Self-funded students are generally not accepted. You can find more information HERE

what is the average monthly living cost?

The approximate monthly cost of living in Toulouse is around €730 per month. This includes accommodation, electricity, gas, health, insurance, phone, Internet, food and leisure. 

WHO SHOULD I ASK TO PROVIDE A REFERENCE FOR MY APPLICATION?

If you are not a student from Toulouse School of Management, Toulouse School of Economics or Toulouse Business School, references will be an important part of your application and will have as much bearing on the decision to admit you as your academic background, essay and/or personal statement. First, be sure that your references have an institutional Internet webpage to allow the admissions team to better understand who they are. If they do not have an institutional webpage they should provide a CV.

HOW LONG DOES A PhD TAKE?

In management most PhD programmes last five years: two years of training and three years dedicated to the PhD thesis. Note that you will start working on your dissertation during the MSc degree.

I am pursuing my doctorate at a University outside of France. How can I receive a letter of invitation to do research at your University?

You need to send your resume, a cover letter, your last transcripts (Master level), a reference letter by your PhD supervisor, a research paper or a sample of your PhD thesis.
The Doctoral Programme Board will evaluate the student’s performance and decision will be taken on three criteria: the quality of your application, the approval of a research group which would supervise them, which includes the opportunity to present a research paper during a seminar in front of researchers, the available space in the PhD offices.
Applications can be sent to dp.academicaffairs@tsm-education.fr

How can I do a PhD in cotutelle?

A cotutelle, or double degree for the PhD with a foreign university, must be initiated by a TSM Doctoral Programme faculty member (we do not accept requests coming directly from foreign doctoral students). The future supervisors must have pre-existing research ties, such as being co-authors on a paper or collaborating on a research project. Please discuss this project with your supervisor.