Ph.D. in Management

PH.D. in Management

Accept our challenge. Achieve excellence.

As a Nova SBE Ph.D. graduate, you will systematically be suited for positions in competitive international academia and research institutions. You will also be prepared to fill top positions in business companies, financial institutions, and governmental organizations.

By integrating our Ph.D. program, you become an essential link in an exciting research environment. At Nova SBE, we promote the inclusion of our Ph.D. candidates in the research projects of our faculty, as we believe that the quality of our doctoral training and that of our research are intimately connected.

How to Apply

PhD Applications

Applications for the 2024/25 intake are open from 1 November until 31 January.

Applicants may be asked for a subsequent interview, which may be conducted by phone if necessary.

Applicants will be notified regarding final decisions by email by mid-April.

Why Nova SBE?

Five reasons to choose this Ph.D.

Distinctively International
This Ph.D. follows the best international practices and emphasizes publishing in international outlets. Our faculty is well connected with leading research institutions across the world and will help you place your work into an international context. 

Training experience
Our goal is to prepare you as an independent researcher. With this in mind, the first year of the program includes, along with core courses, elective courses from which you can choose your particular field of interest.

Research excellence
A series of research workshops get students acquainted with the research agenda of the faculty in the first year. Plus, they will have a supervisor to guide them through the program from day one. From then on, students can present their work and get feedback from faculty members who work in several of our knowledge centers. 

International networking
We expect our students to spend the equivalent of a semester abroad in a prestigious international institution, allowing them to interact with other Ph.D. academics in their specific field and other areas of specialization.

Effective placement
Our faculty is actively involved in the placement of Ph.D. students. Our recent graduates got positions in prestigious international institutions, as well as Portuguese higher-education and public organizations.

Knowledge Centers

We believe that knowledge development is an important way of evolving into a more enlightened society. Our Knowledge Centers combine expertise with diversity and interdisciplinary research, answering important questions, both for today’s and tomorrow’s society.

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For our students

Welcome, fellow researchers

You are considering joining the Ph.D. program in Management at Nova SBE, a top-30 Business School in Europe (Financial Times) and the only Portuguese school with 5 Palmes by Eduniversal.

In our school, you will join a Research Unit that has consistently been evaluated as Excellent by external review committees. You will share your ideas with international scholars publishing in top-tier journals and disseminate your findings via several media outlets.

The goal of our Ph.D. program is to provide you training to establish your own research program, develop your professional network, and find placement in research-oriented institutions abroad.

We look forward to welcoming you at Nova SBE!

Irene Consiglio
Director, Ph.D. in Management

Research excellence


Work with and learn from our faculty of leading academics. Our international faculty is prominent for their academic expertise and publications in leading peer-reviewed journals. 

Discuss ongoing research
Research Seminars

Discuss ongoing research

Ph.D. students are exposed to ground-breaking ideas and research developed by top scholars from all over the world who participate in the regular Research Seminars organized by Nova SBE’s research unit.

Come and meet your new destination

Come and meet your new destination

Find out all about how your life will be at Nova SBE.


The wide-ranging fields you can tackle during the PhD gives you the opportunity to explore many aspects of human organization. This freedom of developing your ideas, the research expertise of faculty, and the openness to society are the strengths of the this PhD program.

Tomé Salgueiro, PhD candidate in Management (Social Enterprise)