MSM welcomes participants in second intake Executive PhD in Private Sector Development


“The flexibility offered by the MSM Executive PhD in Private Sector Development really suits what I was looking for. The programme gives me the ability to work and perform research simultaneously. I look forward to the exchange with other researchers and professors who are leading experts in their field.”

This said Jean-Christophe Nicaise from France at the beginning of the second intake of the MSM Executive PhD in Private Sector Development. The second intake recently kicked-off with three on-campus days including workshops on the research process, refining the research question and literature review. The first intake and second intake also jointly followed workshops and research proposal presentations to learn from each other.

Jean-Christophe wants to explore and satisfy his curiosity on a topic that he is passionate about and make an original contribution to this field, namely the impact of public policies in the aviation sector. “As I have a full-time job, the best solution was to find an executive education programme. Embarking for a PhD is a great intellectual challenge, but I am sure very rewarding. Furthermore, the specific expertise that MSM has on private sector development was a decisive factor as my research will zoom in on this area.

The first on-campus days were great. Professors and the MSM team in general ensured that the onboarding was smooth, and the cohort is very diverse and multicultural. We exchanged and discussed our research topics, that are all touching various interesting areas, be it in finance, entrepreneurship, technology or else.

I am really looking forward to this unique journey as well as attending the next cohort meeting where I will be able to share a first glimpse of my research.”

About the MSM Executive PhD in Private Sector Development
The part-time Executive PhD programme in Private Sector Development (preferably for Emerging Economies) allows working professionals and researchers with full-time or part-time jobs to combine their careers with obtaining a PhD. The programme provides advanced training in the theory and skills crucial to private sector development, design and research. As the highest academic qualification, obtaining a PhD will improve your career prospects both in academia and in business. In addition, you will make an original contribution to your field of interest that will add to previous research.

During the programme, you will benefit from the extensive knowledge and expertise of the key lecturers and supervisors in the programme, who are leading scholars in the fields of the research themes. By joining the programme, you will become part of the stimulating and challenging research community of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) and Maastricht School of Management (MSM).

Would you like to join the Executive PhD programme as well?
The next intake will start in May 2025. Click here for more information about the programme, the admission requirements and how to apply. In case of any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via

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