PhD

Présentation

The PhD programme in Management prepares students for international, research-driven academic careers or research positions in international companies or organisations. This is done by offering a structured PhD programme that is both rigorous and relevant, and which ambition is to lead to a high-quality original research thesis.

The standard PhD registration is 36 months for full-time students and the equivalent for part-time students. Students will join one of the four areas of excellence which is generally the one of their PhD supervisors. During those 36 months, students will write their PhD thesis, complete two methodological courses and two specialised courses, and defend their PhD thesis. As part of a team of researchers, they benefit from a dynamic academic environment, they attend various seminars series, present their work at the annual Rennes SB PhD workshop and get financial support to participate to national and international conferences.

150 ECTS is allocated to the PhD thesis and the defence and 30 ECTS is allocated to the PhD courses and to any activities related to research (presentation of working papers to the LAB, seminars and conferences, publications) and teaching activities (the opportunity is available for PhD students to be employed as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant to assist in the running of undergraduate student lecture and tutorials).

Éditorial

By benefiting from the research expertise and meeting the expectations of two different institutions, students are better prepared for an international academic career
Dr Céline AZEMAR

“Rennes School of Business has launched a new PhD programme where students receive a scholarship from the school and are co-directed by another French or foreign institution. With this framework, from the beginning, students are encouraged to see their PhD as their first position in academia. By benefiting from the research expertise and meeting the expectations of two different institutions, they are better prepared for an international academic career. In Rennes SB, PhD students belong to one of our four areas of excellence, namely “Agribusiness”, “Artificial Intelligence”, “Green, Digital & Demand-Driven Supply Chain Management”, and “Mïnd” where the PhD programme curriculum requires coursework and immerse our students in all aspects of academic life. For instance, students are encouraged to gain in teaching and research assistant experience, to present their work at national and international conferences, they are prepared for writing in academic journals and to consider research topics which can have a real impact on society.”

PhD Courses

The courses available to the PhD students can change from one year to another, depending for instance on visiting Professors.

Below is a list of courses available for the academic year 2021-2022:

  • Qualitative Methods – Design, Data Collection and Empirical Analysis
  • Recent Methods of Text Analysis in Business Studies
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): Multidisciplinary perspectives and agenda for future research (Operations Optimisation & Automation, Strategies for Firms’ Competitive Advantage, Human & Ethical AI)

Our Areas of Excellence

More information about the Areas of Excellence

Why Rennes School of Business?

Rennes school of business is a triple-accredited business school (Equis, AACSB, AMBA) and is ranked in the top French 10 by the Financial Times and the QS.

This excellence is reflected in the research teams who publish regularly in top peer-reviewed journals and are members of editorial boards. Our PhD students are therefore closely supervised by internationally recognised scholars producing frontier research in a large number of fields:

  • Sustainable and Responsible Agribusiness; Agrifood; Agricultural Economics; Innovating in Agribusiness; Agricultural Operations Engineering.
  • AI Business Strategy; AI Predictive Analytics; AI Consumer Behaviour; AI and Digital Innovation; AI and New Age Operations Management; Responsible AI Business.
  • Green Supply Chain Management; Digital Supply Chain Management; Business Value of Information Technology; Matching Supply with Demand.

Meaning; Institutions; Collective Intelligence; Information Diffusion; Networks; and Decision-Making.

Rennes SB has several conventions with French and foreign institutions. This allows our PhD students to benefit from dual PhD degrees. For instance, some of our PhD students are co-supervised by IMT-Atlantique, INRA, University College Dublin, University of Strasbourg, or the University of Toulouse. We believe that by being exposed to the research expertise and expectations of two different institutions, that our PhD students are better prepared for an international career.

Testimonies

After earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rennes SB, I was in search for new intellectually stimulating challenges. I then made the decision to pursue a PhD in management science to enter academia. The PhD program at Rennes SB, anchored in meaningful areas of excellence, immediately attracted my attention. Through my thesis, I want to find new sustainable ways of creating alliances in the agribusiness and consequently contributes to the goals of the United Nations.
I am very grateful to Rennes SB for providing all the needed support to enable my progress along those 3 challenging years of PhD. In addition of the guidance from my supervisors, I am also able to interact with several researchers in a multicultural environment.
In a nutshell, starting a PhD at Rennes SB is a life decision to develop solid academic skills in a nice and dynamic city in Brittany”. Morgane Loquen scholarship Rennes SB 2020

« I started a Cifre PhD at the Eureden Cooperative Group in 2019. At the time I didn’t think about doing a PhD, I wanted to participate in concrete projects while continuing to learn a lot. In the company, I am developing a risk management model on wheat prices, requiring both advanced knowledge in statistics and an ability to communicate the project in the company.
The beginning of a PhD is difficult, you have to learn a lot about complex subjects, it requires a strong personal investment. But it’s worth it, in two years I have acquired skills in finance, data-science, statistics and project management. Moreover, I am able to bridge the gap between research and business.
This allows me to choose my future career in the company of my doctorate, in investment banks or in teaching and research.” Thibaud Garnier CIFRE – 2018

The PhD programme at Rennes School of Business is a rewarding and challenging experience. The stimulating research environment provides valuable opportunities to support and develop high research skills. Participation in research seminars and projects in addition to the teaching opportunities provided are key factors that enable PhD candidates to pursue a successful future career path. » Jad Bazih – Cohort 8 – 2018

Applying for a PhD Programme at Rennes SB

Profile to be eligible:

  • To have a Master’s degree
  • To have a 3 years scholarship
  • The thesis project needs to be relevant for our areas of excellence
  • English proficiency shown by a recent (2 years’ maximum) TOEFL (equivalent 110 IBT minimum) or IELTS (7.5 overall score with >/=7 in all 4 sections) or a Master from an English spoken institution.

The selection will be made in two stages:

  • A first selection stage will be carried out based on the application forms
  • Selection interviews will take place for the applications selected at the end of the first stage.
  • The result will be communicated by the beginning of June 2021 for an intake in September 2021 and at the beginning of November 2021 for an intake in January 2022.

Please write in the subject of your e mail: PhD Application/ Name Surname
Send filled form and requested documents at phd@rennes-sb.com
Please write in the subject of your e mail: PhD Application/ Name Surname

Rennes SB Scholarships

Rennes School of Business offers 2 fully-funded PhD research positions for outstanding students, to start in September 2021. The two PhD students would join one of our four areas of Excellence hosted by our Research Lab.

The 3 years Rennes SB scholarship includes:

  • 20K euros /year contract (paid vacation, retirement, health insurance)
  • Dedicated space in the Research Lab
  • Access to the Learning Center (access to research journals and databases)
  • Onboarding service to help you relocate

Profile to be eligible:

  • To have a Master’s degree
  • The thesis project needs to be relevant for our areas of excellence
  • English proficiency shown by a recent (2 years’ maximum) TOEFL (equivalent 110 IBT minimum) or IELTS (7.5 overall score with >/=7 in all 4 sections) or a Master from an English spoken institution.

The selection will be made in two stages:

  • A first selection stage will be carried out based on the application forms
  • Selection interviews will take place in May for the applications selected at the end of the first stage.
  • The result will be communicated at the beginning of June 2021 for an intake in September 2021.

Please write in the subject of your e mail: PhD Scholarship/ Name Surname
Send filled form and requested documents at phd@rennes-sb.com
Please write in the subject of your e mail: PhD Scholarship/ Name Surname

Other Scholarships

Scholarships financed by your home country
Several countries provide a scholarship to finance PhD studies in France. For instance:

  • Mexico: Scholarship CONACYT
  • Algeria: Scholarship ProFas B+
  • Pakistan: Scholarship HEC
  • Other home countries: You Can check the website Campus France of your home country to see whether a scholarship is available.

Scholarship financed by a company
PhD students can be hired by a company to conduct research at Rennes SB under a CIFRE contract.

Scholarship financed by the European Union

  • The scholarship Marie Skłodowska-Curies Actions.
  • The scholarship Eiffel.

Fees

  • Annual administration fees: € 500

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