Universitat Ramon LlullThe IQS School of Management of the Universitat Ramon Llull is located in the center of Catalonias capital city Barcelona in Spain and has a very strong international focus.

IQS has an excellent reputation for Management and Business Administration and is internationally accredited by AACSB. The university also supports innovative research culture and is listed in the “QS World University Ranking”.

The research focuses are based on “Corporate Finance” and “Consumer Behaviour (Marketing)”. The official title of the doctoral program is “Business and Territorial Competitiveness, Innovation and Sustainability”.



ISM and IQS have developed a cooperation which allows ISM graduates and other graduates to apply for a PhD. The official title after completion of the program is “Programa de Doctorado en Competividad Empresarial y Territorial, Innovación y Sostenibilidad por la Universidad de Deusto; la Universidad Comillas y la Universidad Ramon Lull”. The title is officially recognized as a doctorate in Germany, i.e. graduates can currently be listed as "Dr."

The whole application process is coordinated and supervised by ISM. A preselection for the program is made by ISM, final admission will depend on IQS. The supervision will be done jointly by IQS (1st supervisor) and ISM (2nd supervisor). A maximum of 6 candidates per year is agreed. Administrative support for ISM candidates will be provided by ISM.

PhD Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is degree based on a research project and lasts three years full-time and five years part-time.

Please note: All doctoral students are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodology (12 ECTS) if they are not studying in this area. All PhD students must also take courses at IQS for two weeks during the first two years. In addition, an ISM seminar week is offered at the ISM Dortmund during the summer semester. Participation in the one-week ISM event is also mandatory.

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in a relevant discipline
  • Excellence in academic qualifications, i.e. minimum GPA: 2.0 (German grading system)
  • Proof of English language proficiency: IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 600 (pbt)/ 90-95 (ibt)
  • A research proposal with doctoral potential which matches University of Strathclyde Business School and ISM research expertise
  • Supervisory capacity in the proposed research area


Applications needs to be submitted to Prof. Kai Rommel (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!), Vice-Dean for Research at ISM. Please include the following documents:

  • Research Proposal: Proposed area of research, types of research methods to be used, relations to any previous research done in this field (4-6 pages)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Proof of relevant managerial experience (DBA only)
  • Application Form (issued by ISM after consulting session)
  • Curriculum Vitae

Your application will firstly be reviewed by ISM. If successful, an interview with an IQS member of staff will be arranged. Thereafter the official application will be completed and sent to IQS.

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: €3,691.50
Year 2: €3,691.50
Year 3: €3,691.50
Total costs: €14,481.38*

There is a tuition scholarship for full-time students at IQS, and they do not pay any fee. They are asked to do some teaching assistance (20 hrs./week) during the first two years of the programme.

Fees PhD part-time

Application costs: €3,406.88
Year 1: €8,191.50
Year 2: €8,191.50
Year 3: €8,191.50
Total costs: €27,981.38*

An extension up to max. 5 years is possible and will be charged by ISM with 3,691.50 € for each additional year. For fees charged by the partner university please contact the program director at Ramon Lull.

*There are also some expenses at the end for the PhD defence and diploma at IQS (about 300-400€).

(subject to change)

More information about the PhD DBA Program (PDF)