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in West Asia




Prof. Jorge Gomes
Prof. José Veríssimo
Prof. Vitor da Conceição Gonçalves 


The ISEG International Business Administration Studies (iDBA) is an applied research program that aims to prepare students in the areas of strategy and organization management, providing advanced research skills in order to improve the research and practice in organizations. 

This programme combines research excellence with professional practice.


Why choose ISEG?

ISEG, Lisbon School of Economics & Management of Universidade de Lisboa is the most prestigious school of management and economics in Portugal, accredited by the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction held by only 5% of business schools in the world, and its degrees are recognized by many reputed international entities. The school currently offers: 6 undergraduate degrees; 21 Masters degrees, and 10 PhD Programs.

The Universidade de Lisboa is the largest and leading University in Portugal. The Shanghai Ranking 2019 officially known as the "Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)" which annually ranks the top 500 universities worldwide, positions the Universidade de Lisboa in 1st position nationally, 151st position worldwide.



In the first year students are registered in the iDBA programme, which is designed to provide them with an adequate preparation to undertake PhD level work. 

Successful completion of the iDBA will:
- Preparing students in advance business theory;   
- Developing participants' creativity, analytical thinking, critical analysis, and problem solving skills;   
- Enabling the critique of contemporary organizational practice using relevant theory;   
- Increasing student ability to apply relevant theoretical knowledge in organizations.


Access to PhD

Successful completion of the courses of iDBA programme enbales students to be accepted to study for the 2nd year of the PhD in Management. In order to obtain a PhD, students must have successfully completed both the DBA studies and the PhD component. To be eligible to successfully complete the PhD, they are required to participate in on-campus courses for a maximum of 12 consecutive working days and will need to write and submit a PhD thesis and undergo a final oral exam, in English at ISEG (Portugal).


The Process

After registration in the 2nd year of the PhD an international supervisor will be allocated to each student according to research subjects. It usually takes three years to complete both the iDBA programme and write the PhD thesis, however this largely depends on the students pace in carrying out their research work.  


Courses Units and Faculty

The program consists of 7 courses of 30 hours each (almost every other month), providing a total of 210 hours for a period of 10-12 months.

These course units are lectured by an experienced body of faculty and researchers


Jorge Gomes   
PhD from Manchester Business School, UK

Pedro Rino Vieira 
PhD from ISEG, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

José Veríssimo    
PhD from Manchester Business School, UK

Nuno Brites
PhD from Évora University, Portugal

Vitor da Conceição Goncalves   
PhD from University of Seville, Spain

Jorge Gom
PhD from Manchester Business School, UK

Manuel Mira Godinho
PhD from University of Sussex, UK


Apply Now

- Applicants from all countries are welcomed to apply
- Contact to request information about admission and enrolment requirements
- Click Here to download a brochure of the programme
- Click Here to download a sample caldendar of the programme
- Click Here for Information about visa requirements


Further questions?

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Program Coordinator: Nafiseh Payani
Local Manager: Public Relations and International Affairs: Filomena Ferreira
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India: +91 0008000501997
Iran: +98 2122366537
Turkey: +90 21 29001633 
United Arab Emirates: +971 80003110043
China: +86 4006161627