Executive PhD Program


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This program is taught in English

About the program

The Antwerp Management School Executive PhD Program is a four-year, part-time research-based program for senior executives looking to apply relevant knowledge and research skills to contemporary business problems in their industry or workplace. The program is a premium executive development program designed to be academically rigorous and intellectually challenging.

This program is designed for senior executives with over 10 years of relevant management experience, who work in organizations that are predominantly internationally oriented. A significant proportion is expected to hold board-level or CEO positions. Participants should have a commitment to life-long learning, and personal and leadership development. 

Learning objectives

After attending this program, you:

  • are able to generate, interpret and transfer academic knowledge within your professional and academic network;
  • might join the Faculty team at Antwerp Management School and continue your research activities in one of our Expertise Centers.
  • master business research tools and methods and be able to independently apply them to practical business challenges;
  • possess knowledge and experience in academic publishing and case writing.



The Executive PhD is divided into 2 general stages. Stage 1 leads to the preparation of a PhD research proposal. Stage 2 focuses on supervised research, advanced teaching competencies and lecturing skills, and culminates in the defense of a doctoral dissertation. The program contains both compulsory and elective elements, which should result in a PhD degree within 4 years. Find a detailed curriculum in the downloadable brochure.


Profile of past editions

Female 29%
Male 71%
Average age 42

  • South-America: 4%
  • North-America: 7%
  • Middle East: 7%
  • Africa: 11%
  • Europe: 11%
  • Asia: 29%
  • Belgium: 32%


  • Marketing & sales: 14%
  • IT & telecom: 14%
  • Public health: 7%
  • Education: 7%
  • Research: 7%
  • Production Industry: 7%
  • Medical Sciences: 4%
  • Development: 4%



After successfully defending your doctoral dissertation (after 4 years), you will acquire a PhD in Management Sciences or PhD in Social Sciences, issued by the University of Antwerp.

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