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Economics and Management, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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HEC® Liège is the management school of the University of Liège. HEC® Liège is one of the leading Belgian university business schools for graduate and postgraduate programs with more than 115 full-time faculty members and researchers and more than 2500 students. HEC® Liège is a dynamic institution that heavily promotes an active pedagogy leading students to contribute actively to their own education. The international vision of HEC® Liège translates into multiple research activities in management and economics, numerous partnerships with worldwide companies and universities, and growing internationalization of its programs and faculty.

The school's commitment to, and continuing investment in, quality improvement has been recognized through prestigious international accreditations: HEC Liège has become the 1st complete Belgian business school hold both AACSB and EQUIS institutional accreditations. HEC® Liège also holds the EPAS award for each of its three main programmes: the Master in Management, the Master in Business Engineering, and the Doctoral Programme.  HEC® Liège is also a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. 

There is a thematic doctoral school for each track.

  • The Thematic Doctoral School in Management
The Thematic Doctoral School in Management is organized jointly by HEC Liège (ULiège), Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB) and Warocqué faculty (UMons).
  • The Thematic Doctoral School in Economics

The Thematic Doctoral School in Economics is a partnership between the 3 Academies of the “Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles”: the Wallonie Europe Academy (ULiège), the Louvain Academy (consisting of the UCLouvain, the FUNDP, the FUCaM and the FUSL) and the Wallonie Bruxelles Academy (ULB).

The PhD student’s academic path at HEC Liège consists of 2 stages:

  • The PhD student must complete the doctoral training successfully (60 ECTS)
  • Next, candidates must conduct a personal research project for a minimum of 2 years. They are followed up by their doctoral dissertation supervisor on a regular basis and - at least once a year- they present the results of their research to a Doctoral Dissertation Committee, established at the beginning of the doctoral programme. The dissertation can be a monograph or a series of scientific articles.


EPAS, AACSB and EQUIS institutional accreditations. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    You can apply throughout the whole year. However, to enrol on the current academic year you must apply no later than May of each year.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS

    60 ECTS correspond to the doctoral training

    120 ECTS correspond to the research project

  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The doctoral training programme in Management is structured as follows:

  • A common core is intended to ensure a uniform basis of skills and allows doctoral candidates to develop their network
  • A specialization programme, composed of advanced courses and thematic workshops closely connected with the subject of the doctoral thesis and thus with the main research themes found in the School
  • Workshops and research-related activities
  • Academic development activities
The doctoral training programme in Economics consists of: 
  • Five doctoral level courses. Two courses must be in microeconomics, macroeconomics or econometrics. The other three courses may be much more specifically related to the research field of the doctoral student.
  • Publications and scientific presentations
  • Transversal skills

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Previous 1st and 2nd cycle studies that account for 300 ECTS or equivalent.
  • A Master degree (120 ECTS or equivalent) with honors. For the Management track, your degree must be in management or a related field. For the Economics track, it is mandatory that you hold a Master in Economics.
  • The agreement of one of our professors to be your supervisor.
  • A compelling and well thought out research proposal in a specialized field of economics or management
  • An advanced level of English

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    835 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 835 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • Doctorate (1st registration): 835 € (minimum amount to pay by October 31 at the latest 
  • Doctorate (from the 2nd year): 32 € (to be paid entirely by October 31)

Living costs for Liège

  • 690 - 1070 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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