PhD Track

Innovation, Industry and Society

Program Structure

The PhD track is a 5-year program, composed as follows:

  • Year 1 (M1): STI or SIM, in order to master the fundamentals in technology and economic and management science. Each PhD student has his own scientific supervisor to guide him/her in this early stage.
  • Year 2 (M2): PIC, IREN or COSI. Each of these track provides both intensive courses (PIC: Management Science; IREN : Economics ; COSI : Consulting and IT) and a strong methodological training. Again, a personal researcher is devoted to each student. Even if these three leading masters programs stand as the regular path pointing towards the 3 next years, students coming from other masters are welcome (e.g. GDO-MOPP, Master in Sociology of the EHESS)
  • Year 3-4 (D1 & D2): the student is strongly involved both in the lab and in an organization which is the counterpart for the research. The student both (1) attends complementary courses in social sciences, epistemology and methodology of research (2) conducts an in-depth study within the counterpart organization (interviews, action research) to collect data.
  • Year 5 (D3) : This year is devoted to finalize the writing of the PhD thesis.

The PhD student:

  • Is strongly involved in the collective activities of the lab (weekly lab meeting, conference organization,…).
  • Has to publish at least one article in a peer-reviewed journal during the thesis
  • Has to attend at least one academic conference each year in order to network within the relevant scientific communities.

Career Prospects

Our PhD students are hired in the best Universities in France (HEC, Polytechnique, Sorbonne, …), Europe (Sweden, Germany, Spain, Portugal) and in the world (US, Canada, …). Even if most of them become academics, an increasing portion becomes practitioners within large companies or public institutions.


Application guidelines for a PhD Track at IP Paris

Step 1 – Application

Step 2 – Jury
Selected candidates will have the opportunity to defend their application and profile in front of a jury composed with academics coming from I3 and potentially other researchers.

Academic prerequisites

Licence/BSc (or equivalent diploma) with highest honors.

Students may also have the possibility to start the PhD Program in the second year of the MSc (4-year PhD program).

Language prerequisites


Application timeline

The deadline for PhD Track application is February 28, 2020 – Extended to March 22, 2020
Eligible applicants on the basis of the provided documentation will be contacted for an interview from the 15th of March onwards.

You shall receive an answer 2 months after the application deadline of the session.
You can check your application status by logging in your candidate space.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for year 1 and 2 (MSc): for PhD track students IP Paris has decided to subsidize the tuition fees for Years 1 and 2 bringing them down from 6250 Euros (non EU students) / 4250 Euros (EU students) to the level of the official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation for EU students (243 Euros in 2019-2020) 
Annual tuition fees for year 3 to 5 (PhD): Official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation ( EU and non EU students pay the EU fees ; 380 euros in 2019-2020)
An annual scholarship may be granted to the best applicants for the first 2 years (MSc). Modalities will be communicated by February 15th 2020.
Successful applicants will obtain a three-year PhD scholarship for year 3 to 5.


Hervé Dumez, I3 Director,

Michele Breton, Administration Manager