The TSM Doctoral Programme: An EPAS-Accredited Programme

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The TSM Doctoral Programme has been awarded the maximum five-year EPAS accreditation. This international accreditation delivered by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) certifies the high quality of the TSM Doctoral Programme.

The Recognition of Research Excellence

The EPAS accreditation is the most thorough programme accreditation system for business and management programmes with and international perspective. EPAS covers all facets of programme provision: from its institutional, national and international environment, through its design, delivery, outcomes, and impacts, to its quality assurance processes. It particularly emphasises academic rigour and excellence, employability, internationalisation, ethics and sustainability.

The EPAS accreditation at doctorate level highlights the TSM academic rigour and excellence, employability, internationalisation and research that underpins the programme. The continuous improvement that EPAS requires means that you will benefit from international partnerships, and more opportunities to foster your research skills and network.

According to Fany Declerck,  former Doctoral Programme Director: By achieving the leading international EPAS accreditation by EFMD and the elite UMR accreditation by CNRS, TSM embraces high-quality research and in-depth international doctoral training, all combine create an innovative research community and make TSM robustly attractive to high quality students. The PhD programme has three distinctive features that make it strongly emphasized in TSM. First, our PhD candidates have opportunities to gain teaching experience and become engaged with the intellectual community at TSM. Second, the development of international institutional partnerships that goes beyond individual networking by providing students with an opportunity to network at a workshop with peers from other institutions. Third, the Doctoral Programme has a strong diversity of students from 35 different countries and different backgrounds. We are particularly proud that our willingness to embed excellence, ethics and responsibility across all aspects of a research strong institution within a public university has been acknowledged, which marks the commitment and achievements of our students, researchers and staff.


According to EFMD: “[...] the Doctoral Programme is a very good programme with well-organised and institutionalised provision. It concentrates on developing candidates with rigorous research competencies in combination with the ability to identify and communicate on the practical applications of research. The programme offers a robust international learning experience through institutional networks and partners.”


The TSM Doctoral Programme in a nutshell:
Key figures DP TSM
More info on the TSM website and the EFMD website