The ERIM PhD programme was designed in 1999 together with the start of ERIM. The programme is built on a long tradition of doctoral education at both the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and is developed to train and educatefuture scholars in the various fields of management.

In line with the targets of the Bologna process, it aims to deliver high-quality graduates who are well-prepared for the job market and are attractive candidates for recruitment by leading international business schools and universities. Another aim of the programme is that research conducted by PhD candidates will form a substantial contribution to ERIM’s research output. Each thesis should lead to publications in leading research journals.

In the initial stage of the programme, PhD candidates have personalised education and training programmes, which include course work (at least 40 ECTS for candidates with a regular MSc/MA degree) and the completion and external evaluation of a detailed research proposal. In addition to providing specialised courses in the candidates’ own research field and advanced methodology courses, the course programme also allows candidates to position their work in the broader stream of management research. As a result, the PhD programme provides PhD candidates with knowledge, research and transferable skills that make them specialised researchers with comprehensive knowledge of the various areas of research in management. After approval of the research proposal, candidates continue their research and are encouraged to present their work at workshops and conferences, and to write papers, which are subsequently submitted to the leading international journals.

Since the foundation of ERIM in 1999 around four hundred PhD dissertations have been published within the ERIM PhD Series. Research conducted as part of these PhD projects has also generated hundreds of articles published in international journals.

The main purpose of the ERIM Doctoral Programme is to train doctoral candidates for future academic positions in management research. An academic career is the most popular choice among ERIM PhD graduates, and in fact around 70 per cent of ERIM PhD alumni continue with an academic career. ERIM PhD alumni are now working at many of the best universities and business schools in the world.