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Management of Technology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #18 (QS) Lausanne, Switzerland
The outstanding quality of the doctoral program in Management of Technology and the excellent academic network of the professors enabled to achieve goals and to pursue the academic career. The doctoral program in Management of Technology is the perfect environment to reflect upon and plan entrepreneurial career.
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The doctoral program in Management of Technology pools the resources of a variety of research units across EPFL’s faculties and colleges, including engineering, mathematics, financial engineering, and economics. This brings researchers from many fields together on the Management of Technology.

During their first year, doctoral students must take 16 of the total program requirement of 30 course credits.

Students can take advantage of the offerings across EPFL, the University of Lausanne, and special courses such as the joint «Swiss Program for Beginning Doctoral Students in Economics» at the Gerzensee Study Center.

Placement & Supervision:
  • Our doctoral candidates complete their degree in about four years. To ensure that progress is made on all fronts, the doctoral program coordinator works side-by-side with the candidate’s thesis supervisor. The EDMT organizes the placement of its doctoral candidates, provides them with an administrative and intellectual hub on campus, and offers them a menu of advanced courses that broaden and deepen their knowledge.
Strong Academics:
  • The College of Management of Technology (CDM) hosts the Institute of Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship which contains the core faculty of the doctoral program in Management of Technology. Thesis research can be done in collaboration with a broad number of academics across campus. The program has also close ties with the Swiss Finance Institute @ EPFL, which is also a part of the CDM.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    30 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Econometric Modeling
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Field Research Project A
  • Mathematical models in supply chain management
  • Microeconomics
  • Optimization Methods and Models
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Recursive Methods in Macroeconomics
  • Research methods I
  • Startup Essentials Workshops
  • Business Concept
  • De- and re-regulation of Network Industries
  • Intensive PhD Seminar in Entrepreneurship
  • MINTT: Management of Innovation and technology transfer
  • Optimization and simulation
  • Publishing in Management, Technology et Innovation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Application Form & Enclosures

You will be asked to upload a pdf version of the following documents:

  • Official transcripts of diplomas and grades from all academic institutions of higher education you list in your application (after and not including high-school)
  • Certified translations of diplomas and grades into English if not originally in French, German, Italian or English
  • Statement of objectives
  • A copy of your passport or official identity document showing your name in full.

Tuition Fee

  • For students with a Master degree of a foreign university, CHF 150.00
  • For students with a Master degree of a Swiss university, CHF 50.00

Living costs for Lausanne

  • 1609 - 1980 CHF/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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