Programme structure

First year - Theories and Methods

Students are introduced to fundamental theories from Psychology, Sociology and will select from a broad range of electives to tailor their portfolio of courses to their specific interests. They are also introduced to fundamentals of research design, and to the most widely used quantitative and qualitative methods. Currently offered electives include Consumer Research, Decision Sciences, Entrepreneurship, Knowledge & Information, Marketing, Operations Management, Organization Theory, Organizational Behavior, Technology & Innovation, and Strategy. Students are also allowed to select among courses offered by the PhD programmes in Finance and Actuarial Sciences.

By the end of the first year, students are matched with a supervisory team and start focusing on their dissertations.

Second year - Research and Teaching Skills

Students participate in a series of seminars that provide them with basic research skills (crafting a compelling literature review, identifying an interesting research question, effective academic writing) and expose them to advanced research methods. Other activities are designed to reinforce their teaching skills and introduce them to course preparation and delivery.

By the end of the second year, we expect students to present preliminary work to international academic conferences in their own fields.

Third year - Professional and Career Skills

Students learn about the editorial process and how to publish their own research in the most rigorous academic journals; they learn the craft of reviewing, as well as responding editorial letters. Other activities are designed to adequately prepare students for the international academic job market.

By the end of the third year, we expect students to present a more polished and developed paper in the most important conferences in their own fields, and to enter the international job market.

Fourth year - Viva Dissertation

Year 1 Theory and Methods

  • First term:

Courses
Philosophy of Social Science
Fundamentals of Psychology
Fundamentals of Sociology
Quantitative Methods 1
Choosing your Research Question

  • Second term:

Courses
Qualitative Methods 1
Quantitative Methods 2
Elective 1
Elective 2

  • Third term:

Courses
Qualitative Methods 2
Quantitative Methods 
Elective 3
Elective 4
Dissertation

Year 2 Research and Teaching Skills

  • First term:

Workshops
Reviewing the literature
Data base search
Generating ideas from empirical work
Funding your research

  • Second term:

Workshops
Creativity in PhD research
Positioning your research
Reviewing the literature (2)
Advanced research methods
LTA

  • Third term:

Workshops 
Doing impactful research
Ethical issues in research
Writing theory papers
Research Day (joint with Imperial, UCL, Cambridge)

Year 3 Professional and Career Skills

  • First term:

Workshops
Effective academic writing
Co-authoring

  • Second term:

Workshops
Reviewing and publishing
Claiming a theoretical contribution

  • Third term:

Workshops
Preparation for the job market

Year 4

  • First term:

Focus on dissertation

  • Second term:

Focus on dissertation

  • Third term:

Focus on dissertation