Unfortunately, the PhD Workshop on 24 March is cancelled in order to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus. You can no longer register for this event or make appointments with our delegates.
We contribute to solving major societal issues
UM multidisciplinary collaborations contribute to solving major societal issues within our primary research themes. We develop new methods to make plastics from organic materials, but we also conduct research into topics as varied as migration, the economic causes and consequences of innovation, game theory, behavioural economics, or methods to get more people interested taking the necessary financial preparations for their retirement. Whenever possible, UM research is translated into economic, financial, or social value. UM participates in centres of excellence, both technological and social, to allow scientific discoveries to be swiftly converted into practical applications. What is more, research is integrated into education at every level. In 2018, UM was named the 5th Best Young University in the World, according to the Times Higher Education rankings.
Maastricht University is keen to provide its international students with a warm welcome to Maastricht and its surroundings. Part of the university’s human resources department, the Knowledge Centre for International Staff (KCIS) guide you through the various steps necessary for starting your study in the Netherlands.
Within SBE there are two different PhD programmes: from the Graduate School of SBE and from the United Nations University institute UNU-MERIT (see below). In both cases, the PhD is formally granted by Maastricht University.
PhD programme at the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE)
A doctoral degree from the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics opens up career paths, both in academia and in the business world. Researchers have the opportunity to make real contributions to international scientific literature on companies and markets.
During your PhD programme at the School of Business and Economics, you will gain a deeper understanding of how companies and markets function; acquire methodologies to conduct sound research; develop advanced theoretical and quantitative skills; and, gain in-depth knowledge of several specialised subject areas.
Specific Projects and more details about research topics
Next to showing your interest in the SBE research topics (please check the GSBE research topics), and in department-related research topics (please check out the department), you may also select from the projects listed below:
For a list of all SBE professors and their fields of expertise, read more.
PhD programme at UNU-MERIT and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG)
The United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) is a research and training institute of United Nations University based in Maastricht in the south of the Netherlands. The institute, which collaborates closely with Maastricht University, carries out research and training on a range of social, political and economic factors that drive economic development in a global perspective.
Ranked Top 5 globally among institutes focusing on Innovation, Technology and Industrial Dynamics (2018), UNU-MERIT has staff from more than a dozen countries and PhD fellows from four continents and some 40 countries in total. Our alumni go on to work at the highest of levels: from the OECD in Paris, to UNICEF in Florence, to UNIDO in Vienna; across government ministries in Ecuador, Peru and beyond; and at the leading edge of academia, for example at the Universities of Oxford, Cape Town and MIT.
Our PhD programme is a multidisciplinary course offered by UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. The programme focuses on research skills and methods, training fellows to become both scholars and practitioners in the fields of governance and the economics of technology.
The programme provides advanced training in the knowledge and skills most relevant to the economics of technology and innovation, and to governance, social protection and migration. Built around a core of courses on the economics of innovation the programme also features specialisations in innovation and development, social protection and migration.
Students in the UNU-MERIT PhD Programme choose their own thesis topics according to their interests and in discussion with the faculty of the institute. All students have two supervisors who guide them through the thesis process from inception to completion.