Information Session on Non-Australian Business PhD Programs @ University of Melbourne

Interested in doing a PhD in business? 
Not sure about your options? 
Have you thought about going overseas?

This Monday, August 23, at 12:00pm to 1:00pm an information session on non-Australian business PhD programs will be held at the University of Melbourne, on the 10th floor of the Faculty of Economics & Business building (198 Berkeley Street). The session will be with Professor Andrew Stephen, who is currently a professor of marketing at INSEAD. (Find out more about INSEAD below.)

Date:    Monday, August 23, 2010
Time:   12:00pm to 1:00pm
Place:   University of Melbourne - Faculty of Economics & Business building, 10th floor, 198 Berkeley Street

For more information email Professor Andrew Stephen at

About this session

This is an informal information session for current students and recent graduates of the University of Melbourne who are interested in doing a PhD in a business field. Business fields include management, strategy, organizational behavior, marketing, finance/commerce, entrepreneurship, technology and operations management, and decision sciences. If you are currently an honours student or recently completed honours then you have the requisite background for a PhD in business at any number of top schools around the world. In the information session Professor Stephen will cover the following topics:
  • Why do a PhD in business, career options, salaries, and why pursue a career in academia
  • How Australian PhD programs and non-Australian PhD programs are different - and why a non-Australian program may be better for you
  • What it is like to leave Australia and do a PhD overseas
  • What it takes to be successful in a PhD program (hint: a lot of it involves persistence and hard work!)

Who should attend this session?

If you have completed an honours degree or will do so at the end of this year then you would be a potential candidate for doing a PhD in business overseas. You don't have to coming from an undergraduate business degree program. In fact, many PhD students at top schools outside of Australia (mostly US and Europe) have undergraduate degrees in engineering, psychology, mathematics/statistics, science (e.g., physics, chemistry, biology, etc), sociology, law...anything but business! Schools are looking for smart and hard-working people--you don't need business experience to qualify. It doesn't hurt, but it is not necessary.


INSEAD is a top business school with campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. The school also has alliances (and campus exchanges) with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. INSEAD offers the following programs: MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD. It is the largest MBA program in the world, and the MBA program is consistently ranked in the top 10 worldwide. For research, the school has approximately 150 faculty in the areas of management, marketing, organizational behavior, strategy, accounting, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, decision sciences, and technology/operations management. As a sign of the faculty's strength in research, the school is currently ranked in the top 5 of all business schools in the world for research quality (based on faculty publications in A-level academic business journals). For more information about INSEAD visit the school's website at

About Professor Andrew Stephen

Andrew Stephen is on the marketing faculty at INSEAD. He is from Brisbane, and completed dual honours degrees in Civil Engineering and Business at UQ in 2003 and 2004, respectively. After UQ he went to Columbia University (in New York) to do his PhD in marketing. After four years (2005-2009) at Columbia he took a tenure-track faculty position at INSEAD. He is based in France and spends many months a year also on the Singapore campus. He has been at INSEAD since June 2009. Coming from Australia and having been in the US and now at INSEAD, he is in a unique position to be able to talk about the various opportunities that lie outside of Australia for PhD studies and life as an academic.