Course Structure

Coursework and Programme duration

The PhD students who are enrolled in IFMR will need to undertake coursework in the first part of the PhD Programme. The programme consists of two-year coursework followed by completion of a thesis. The coursework begins in first week of July. The first year will have three terms, each term spanning 3 months. All of the first-year coursework is of the MBA programme, providing a good grounding in the basic disciplines and functional areas of management. In addition, specific doctoral level courses are offered. In the second year, students have to attend advanced courses in the chosen area of specialization. This would be done in consultation with area chairs.Some of the courses will be aimed at giving students a broad introduction to the content of different disciplines, especially if the incoming students have not yet been exposed to them. Some of the other, more advanced, courses are intended to provide
students with a deeper appreciation of research that is current in their field of specialization and also train them in the research methods that will enable them to make a rigorous contribution in their dissertation. At the end of second year, the students will be required to appear for one comprehensive evaluation written exam followed up by an interview.


Advanced Econometrics

Advanced Micro Economic Theory

Advanced Micro Finance

Basic Econometrics

Empirical Asset Pricing

Empirical Corporate Finance

Foundations of Optimization

Industrial Organization

Information Sharing

Introduction to Qualitative Research

Mathematical Economics

Network Flows

Organization Culture and change

Organization theory

Personality and Measurement


Queuing theory and Applications

Revenue Management

Strategy and Competition

Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Strategy and Organization

Strategy and International Business

Strategy, Governance and Leadership

Strategy and Technology

Strategy and Complexity

Supply Chain Management

Research Methodology

Coursework and Programme duration
Post coursework, students typically start with a literature review and identify research problems in their area of research and work towards their dissertation. Generally students take about 5 years to complete the doctoral programme. During the programme, students are also expected to assist the faculty in research and teaching including taking tutorials for MBA students.

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