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MBA Fundamentals Program for HIRST Doctoral Researchers

The MBA Fundamentals Program for doctoral researchers puts you in the position to gain management expertise while still working towards your PhD.

Doctoral researchers often benefit from knowledge on management topics at an early stage of their career.

Management expertise often has a positive impact on the career possibilities, especially when switching from academia to industry.

In the six units of the MBA Fundamentals Program you will learn a whole new approach regarding, e.g., project management, human resource management and marketing.

As a HIRST doctoral researcher you only need an approval of your PhD supervisor. Costs are covered.


Program structure

  • Completion of the program during the PhD work
  • 6 units (each of 5 days), 4 units offered per year (completion within 1,5 years possible)
  • Free selection of the units´ sequence
  • Full-time workshops, exams subsequently
  • Further Information: Download MBA Fundamentals program


Key Facts and Benefits

  • MBA Fundamentals Certificate from the KIT and the HECTOR School of Engineering & Management
  • No application deadline
  • Individual start possible
  • 18 credit points (ECTS) for MBA Fundamentals Program, are recognised in international MBA Programs
  • Tuition fees are covered for HIRST doctoral researchers


Units 2018/ 19*

Unit 1 - Projects tba
Unit 2 - Values May 6-10, 2019
Unit 3 - Markets tba
Intercultural Training ** January 28-29, 2019
Unit 4 - People January 21-26, 2019
Unit 5 - Information September 23-28, 2019
Unit 6 - Operations tba

 *Dates are subject to change.

**The Intercultural Training is not mandatory for the completion of the certificate and don't grant credits, but participation is strongly advised when completing the full program.

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