PhD Program

Location and start date
Tilburg: 
19 February 2018
Duration 4 years

Do you want to combine working on an academic PhD dissertation with your professional career? Or are you free to devote an important part of your working time to research? This PhD Program provides you with teaching, seminars, workshops and coaching which enables you to gain your PhD degree.

  • Get a doctorate from the leading Tilburg University
  • Understand the consequences of your research for practice
  • Gather data in a scientific way and learn how to store and interpret this data
  • Fast-forward your organization with your newly acquired state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise.

In this program TIAS School for Business and Society, focuses on (applied) research in the broad field of Economics and Social and Behavioural Sciences.

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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.

Program Aims

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

Profile

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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Course Outline

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). 

Program dates residential weeks

Year 1
Week 1: 19-23 February 2018
Week 2: 21-25 May 2018
Week 3: 17-21 September 2018
Week 4: 10-14 December 2018

Year 2
Week 5: 20-24 May 2019
Week 6: 9-13 December 2019

Introductory Track

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.

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.

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Successful enrollment in our PhD Program is subject to a number of admission requirements. This is to maintain admissions quality. That way you can benefit from a high potential, motivated group of talented individuals to further enhance your learning experience. Enrolment in the program is open for candidates with an M.Sc. degree in a relevant discipline.

Applications should contain the following documents:

  • a full curriculum vitae of the candidate clearly stating his/her academic and professional credentials
  • a copy or scan of the M.Sc. degree
  • a transcript of your coursework in your master degree program
  • a short research proposal (max 2000 words)
  • a short letter of motivation
  • at least 1 and preferably 2 letter(s) of recommendation
  • a copy or scan of the passport
  • the results of a TOEFL or IELTS language test (native English speakers and candidates holding an M.Sc. degree of an English speaking program are exempted).

The program expects to admit approximately maximum 20 candidates in the program every year. Upon receipt of your application our Program Manager may contact you to arrange an interview. This interview will take place with the Academic Director.

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 “The TIAS PhD is a unique program that allows participants to tackle a practical problem by using and developing state-of-the-art academic knowledge. The quality of the program is anchored and guaranteed by a line-up of supervisors and teachers who entertain the highest standards of academic research and the ways this research can be disseminated into practice. By entering this program, participants make a true investment in themselves and in their organizations.” Tim de Leeuw

Academic Director

Sandra Schruijer
Sandra Schruijer
Full Professor
Sandra Schruijer is Full Professor of Organizational Psychology at TIAS. She teaches in the domain of interorganizational conflict and collaboration, organizational change and development and leadership. Her research aims to understand the social dynamics of multiparty collaboration, such as the role of diversity, trust and conflict. Most of her... » read more

Faculty

Tim de Leeuw
Tim de Leeuw
Associate Professor
Tim is an Associate Professor and works as director of the PhD programs at TIAS School for Business and Society of the Tilburg University & Eindhoven University of Technology. Here, with a team of colleagues, Tim manages these PhD programs. He develops courses, gives lectures, monitors the progress of all the candidates, supervises a number of... » read more
Edith Hooge
Edith Hooge
Full Professor
Prof.dr. E. (Edith) H. Hooge is full professor at Tias School for Business and Society. With her chair “Boards and Governance in Education” she participates in the TIAS GovernanceLAB and in several educational... » read more
Chris de Neubourg
Chris de Neubourg
Full Professor
Chris de Neubourg studied Economics, Sociology and Philosophy at the Universities of Louvain and Antwerp and holds a PhD in Economics of the University of Groningen. After serving for 3 years as the UNICEF’s chief of Social and Economic Policy Research at the UNICEF Office of Research at Innocenti in Florence Italy, he returned to academia. Since... » read more

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Total program price:

  • € 9.000,- for the Introduction Track
  • € 8.000,- for every subsequent year during the Thesis Track until graduation
From the start of the program, all enrolled participants have access to the facilities, the virtual campus and the library facilities of Tilburg University

 

Additional costs

  • Travel and Accommodation
  • Books

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Contact
Christel Donné
Christel Donné
Program Manager
+31 13 466 8618