Science and Management – PhD & MBA

With the European Science and Management programme, you can combine your PhD at your university with the MBA programme at Collège des Ingénieurs, specially tailored for engineers and scientists.

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Combine your PhD with the MBA at Collège des Ingénieurs

Science and Management is a European programme enabling young engineers and scientists (STEM) to complete their PhD at university and start the MBA programme at Collège des Ingénieurs at the same time. Thus, as a PhD candidate, you will benefit from pursuing your research while gaining relevant management know-how and setting foot in the real business world.

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With the programme's integration of research and management, you will develop your capabilities to become an innovator of the future. This extensive combination of research experience in a university context and business skills acquisition within a dual programme is a unique opportunity throughout Europe.

While there are many talented young scientists, few are offered adequate support for their entrepreneurial skills. However, innovative companies in Europe are looking specifically for these talents with t‑shaped competencies: strong expertise in one scientific domain and broad knowledge of managing a company.

Every year, some 25 PhD Fellows join the programme. Thus, Science and Management also offers a network of PhD students in Europe preparing for a career in management, embedded in a community of 120 MBA Fellows per year and more than 2,800 Alumni worldwide.


The key benefits for PhD candidates


The full MBA curriculum at CDI, covering topics like strategy, finance, innovation, entrepreneurship, organisation, and leadership, will enable you to:

  • Understand your research in an entrepreneurial context
  • Increase your employability beyond the scope of academic research
  • Prepare yourself for a career in the industry

Exchange and mentoring with more than 2,800 CDI Alumni worldwide and selected PhD Fellows in Europe will assist you in:

  • Benefiting from their doctoral research experience
  • Using your resources effectively
  • Focusing on long-term career questions early on
soft skills

Tailored CDI workshops on soft skills will help you to:

  • Communicate and negotiate successfully
  • Expand your professional network
  • Manage personal and interpersonal skills for leadership in organisations
research business skills

In combining your scientific PhD and this management-focused diploma from CDI,
you will showcase both your research expertise and business skills.

Acquiring the two diplomas concurrently is a real added value for employment and salary.

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Open to All Science and Engineering Disciplines

Science and Management is designed for PhD candidates from all science and engineering disciplines at university. For years, we have been cooperating with prestigious institutions in France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Specifically, we have agreements and have built strong relations with the Sorbonne Université in Paris, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris (FSMP).

However, you can complete your PhD at the university of your choice. Our Fellows have also completed the Science and Management programme in cooperation with universities including LMU and TU Munich, RWTH Aachen, the University of Heidelberg, Paris-Saclay, PSL Université, Politecnico di Torino, Politecnico di Milano, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, ETH Zurich, EPF Lausanne, NTNU, and Oxford.

Participation in a PhD programme at a university is a prerequisite for the Science and Management programme. The Collège itself does not offer doctoral positions.

What Are You Waiting For?

Unlock the potential of your scientific expertise with our tailored Science and Management programme. Dive deeper into the programme structure, application process, and more by requesting our comprehensive information pack or start your application immediately.

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