Bond UniversityThe Bond Business School (BBS) of the Bond University is located at the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. BBS has recently been awarded a five-star rating for student experience for the thirteenth year in a row by the 2019 Good Universities Guide Australia.

As Australia’s first private non-profit university, Bond University seeks to be recognised internationally as a leading independent university. BBS is AACSB and EQUIS accredited and one of only four universities in Australia who are members of GMAC which signals the significant contribution BBS makes to graduate management education.

The PhD program places a major emphasis on independent inquiry, a thorough understanding of domain specific knowledge, competence in research methodologies and on the ability to communicate research results.


Bond UniversityISM and Bond Business School have developed a cooperation which allows ISM graduates and other graduates to apply for a PhD program.

A preselection for the program is made by ISM, the final admission will depend on BBS. The supervision will be done jointly by the BBS (1st supervisor) and ISM (2nd supervisor).

Delivery of the Programs shall take place according to BBS’ Policy and Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Programs. Administrative support for ISM candidates will be provided by ISM.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a degree based on a research project and lasts 4 years.

Please note: Each student has to be present at the Bond Business School for at least their first semester of candidature and is obliged to attend one module at the ISM (one week), which is taking place during February/March at the ISM Dortmund and is equivalent to 20 ECTS. Doctoral candidates may be required to successfully complete at least three research methodology subjects at BBS, including qualitative and quantitative analysis, in the first year of candidature.

Admission Requirements

  • Excellence in academic qualifications, e.g. minimum GPA: 2.0 (German grading system).
  • An official undergraduate degree or the equivalent and an official Master’s degree, that is, a total of 300 ECTS, 60 ECTS at Master’s level at least.
  • For whom English is not the first language, a minimum level of C1 has to be demonstrated, proof of English language proficiency: IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 600 (pbt) / 90-95 (ibt) or above.
  • A research proposal at an appropriate level for doctoral study which can be supervised by both BBS and ISM research staff.


Applications are to be submitted to Prof. Kai Rommel, Vice President for Research at ISM (Prof. Kai Rommel, ISM International School of Management, Otto-Hahn-Straße 19, 44227 Dortmund; Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!). Please include the following documents (in English language):

  • Research Proposal: Proposed area of research (department), types of research methods to be used, relations to any previous research done in this field (4-6 pages)
  • Academic transcripts/Degree certificates
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Two reference letters
  • Evidence of financial sponsoring
  • Application Form (issued by ISM after consulting session)
  • Curriculum Vitae

Your application will firstly be reviewed by ISM. If successful and where possible, an interview with an BBS staff member will be arranged.

Deadline for official application to BBS: at least 3 months before the preferred starting date. Starting Semesters: January, May and September. If you have any questions please contact Prof. Kai Rommel or Alexandra Krämer (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!), Research Associate at ISM.

Fees PhD full-time

Application costs: €3,406.88
Year 1: €10,027.50
Year 2: €10,027.50
Year 3: €10,027.50
Total costs: €33,489.38

The minimum duration for the PhD full-time is 3 years. An extension of the programme to a maximum of 4 years is possible after individual consultation.

Fees PhD part-time

Application costs: €3,406.88
Year 1: €10,027.50
Year 2: €10,027.50
Year 3: €10,027.50
Year 4: €10,027.50
Year 5: €10,027.50
Year 6: €10,027.50
Total costs: €63,571.88

The minimum duration for the part-time PhD is 6 years. An extension of the programme to a maximum of 8 years is possible after individual consultation.

(subject to change)

More information about the PhD Program (PDF)