The TIAS PhD Program inspires you to develop new perspectives and approaches in a unique and innovative way. Offering the academic rigor of a traditional PhD, it is tailored to the executive audience and aimed at executives who want to pursue a research qualification that is highly relevant to the organization they work for.
Upon successful completion you will receive a doctorate degree from Tilburg University.
Our PhD Program expands your expertise and knowledge. After completion, you will have gained new insights, inspired by the latest academic and practical developments in your field. The depth and scope of the program allows you to:
- Conduct research as an independent researcher, in an academically responsible and rigorous way
- Apply various research methods and choose the most appropriate approach
- Gather data in a scientific way and learn how to store and interpret this data
- Understand the consequences of your research for practice
- Present your work to peers and comment on the work of your peers
- Write in an academic fashion and also discuss research at a higher academic level
You are interested in contributing to the development of scientific knowledge that can be of value for yourself, your organization and the community. You are genuinely curious and your academic attitude makes you look for answers beyond the obvious. You like to look at issues from various perspectives and to engage in thorough understanding of the issues that you study. You are open to comments and criticisms but you are not prepared to give in easily in debates. You understand that developing new insights requires rigorous research and serious commitments in terms of time. You hold an M.Sc. degree.
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The TIAS PhD is a four-year, part-time degree program. The teaching program consists of ten intensive training weeks in the Netherlands, with additional private study and guidance from your supervisor(s).
The introductory track consists of four weeks of teaching, training and workshops with the focus primarily on research methodology. Each week offers specific courses, peer-to-peer presentations and feedback, as well as meetings with academics.
The introductory track ends with the submission and presentation of your final research proposal and your research plan. After successful completion of the introductory track you will be admitted to the thesis track.
After successful completion of the introductory track you need to be formally registered at one of the graduate schools of Tilburg University. Please note that acceptance to and participation in the program does not automatically result in a PhD degree. All formal criteria of Tilburg University should be met before the PhD degree will be awarded. The graduate school will monitor and evaluate these criteria.
In years two to four (each year has two in-residence weeks) the focus shifts more to specific courses that are tailored to the needs of participants. During the thesis track you work on the research and prepare the papers/chapters of your thesis under supervision of scholars. Your final PhD thesis will consist of at least three publishable scientific papers with an overall introduction and conclusion.