Welcome to
ePhd programs

Since 2017, the National Economics University (NEU) has offered a PhD Program taught in English on Economics and Business Administration (E-PhD). The program is operated by the Institute for Sustainable Development and taught by professors who have extensive experience in research and publishing internationally. Successful candidates will be conferred a PhD degree from NEU. Approximately 10 candidates are admitted each year.

The National Economics University E-PhD program trains students to become researchers and educators in the fields of economics and business administration with a focus on the context of transition and emerging economies. We nurture and develop research capabilities for students to build rewarding and meaningful careers in both academia and industries.

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Why Choose Us

International
standards

The program aims to build students’ capacity to conduct research that meets international standards.

Students must publish papers in reputable international peer-reviewed journals as a condition to graduate

International
integration

The program structure mirrors standard courses and activities in international PhD programs.

Internationally recognized scholars were invited to teach or give seminars.

The language of the program is English.

Strong
Connection

Students will be supervised by faculties from NEU and interact most closely with those from the Institute for Sustainable Development.

Our faculty members provide collaborative apprenticeship opportunities and offer mentoring throughout the program and the years to come.

Administrative
support

The program staff provides the utmost effective and friendly administrative support to the students.

Along with that, the document system and learning devices are always fully provided, creating the most convenient conditions for learning.

Program structure & Content

Training Program

Courseswork

Our program requires six courses, including Foundation of Research, Advance in Statistics, Theories and Research in Business Administration, Econometrics, Theories and Research in Economics, and Academic Writing

Seminar participation

We offer regular seminars in which scholars present their current research. Students are required to participae in the seminars

Publication in international peer-reviewed journals

Student must publish two papers in peer-reviewed journals as a part of theri dissertation research (at least one in WoS or reputable Scopus indexed)

Dissertation defense

The final requirement is dissertation defense. Students have to go through three defense levels, including the E-PhD Academic Committee, the Faculty and the University levels

Faculty

The program is supervised by the Institute for Sustainable Development and taught by professors who have extensive empirical research knowledge and numerous international journal publications. For more details, please refer to the Faculty profile: View more

Fee & Finance

Application fee

A non-refundable application fee of 1.200.000 VND

Tuition Fee

ePhd tuition fee: 60.000.000 VND/year

Admission

Admission Requirements
  • Have a Master degree in relevant fields, including Economics, Business Administration, Public Management, or others
  • Have English proficiency test scores IELTS 6.0; TOEFL iBT 70; or TOEFL ITP 500 or above. Applicants who studied their undergraduate or master programs in English speaking countries will receive a waiver for this English requirement
  • Be an author or co-author of at least one paper published in academic journals of relevant fields, recognized by the National Professorship Committee, or article in international, national conference proceedings within 36 months

Application package (3 copies) include:

  • Application form (M1)
  • Evidence of education
    • Certificates and transcripts of bachelor’s degrees
    • Certificates and transcripts of master’s degrees
    • Proofs of English proficiency (if needed)
  • A letter of recommendation (M2)
    • The recommender should possess a doctorate;
    • Letter of recommendation should cover context the recommender knowing or research cooperation; evaluation on work ethics, knowledge, profession, research competences
  • Permission from employer (if working for state sector) (M3)
  • Agreement on learning and financial obligations (M4)
  • A research proposal is signed by the tentative supervisor
    • Research topic
    • Proposed supervisor(s)
    • Rationales
    • Literature review
    • Research objectives and questions
    • Research methods
    • Tentative contribution of the research
    • Brief of the applicant’s publication
  • Copy of your publication (at most two)
  • A 3x4 cm photo with full name and date of birth
  • Complete online application at http://qldt.neu.edu.vn/tuyensinh (when completed, you obtain the application form-M1). You must complete an online application before sending the complete application package.
  • Paper-based application package
    • The application package must include all items in the order listed above
    • Applicants must bring all original documents for verifying purposes
  • Application fees: provided soon
  • Venue: 1503-A1, 207 Giai Phong Rd., Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

    Phone: (84) 024.36280280, ext. 6550; 6551

    Email: isd@neu.edu.vn

  • The first round of application is around the middle of April
  • The second round of application is around the second week of August

Venue: 1503-A1, 207 Giai Phong Rd., Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

Phone: (84) 024.36280280, ext. 6550; 6551

Email: isd@neu.edu.vn

FAQs

ePhD Study - Frequently Asked Questions
When does the application become avaible?
  • Appication becomes avaiable in April and August
  • The first round of application is around the middle of April
  • The second round of application is around the second week of August
Can I use a letter of acceptance from journals to submit evidence of research capability?

Yes, when you have the official publication of the article, you need to submit it later.

My past research articles are not related to the major for which I am applying. Will this be a minus for my application?

The regulation requires a match between your past article(s) and the major. Check the accepted journal lists with our staff, however, to make sure yours are accepted.

How do I find a prospective supervisor?

You may check the profiles of NEU professors to find your prospective supervisors. You can also talk to our faculty to get assistance in finding prospective supervisors

Where can I submit my application documents?

You can submit your application to the Graduate School, NEU.

Can I change my research topic after I enrolled in the course?

Absolutely! Most PhD candidates have not stuck with the topic they proposed. PhD topics are usually more academic rather than practical focused.

Is there a sample research proposal?

There is no fixed research proposal. However, you may look at peer-reviewed articles to get an idea of the writing process.

How much is the application fee?

A non-refundable application fee of 1.200.000 VND.

Can I change my research topic after I enrolled in the course?

Absolutely! Most PhD candidates have not stuck with the topic they proposed. PhD topics are usually more academic rather than practical focused.

Is there a sample research proposal?

There is no fixed research proposal. However, you may look at peer-reviewed articles to get an idea of the writing process.

How much is the application fee?

A non-refundable application fee of 1.200.000 VND.

Can I change my research topic after I enrolled in the course?

Absolutely! Most PhD candidates have not stuck with the topic they proposed. PhD topics are usually more academic rather than practical focused.

What are the criteria for admissions decisions?

We evaluate candidates based on two key criteria: research experience and research commitment. Show both in your submitted application documents and during the admission interview. Please make sure you follow the requirements when compiling your application.

Do I need prior research experience or business courses?

The application requires you to have at least one article published in national or internationally recognized journals. However, while helpful, experience is not the most important factor. Instead, evidence of strong determination and intellectual ability is an essential factor.

Can I use a letter of acceptance from journals to submit evidence of research capability?

Yes, when you have the official publication of the article, you need to submit it later.

I am a foreigner. Are my degrees acceptable?

All foreign degrees should be recognized by Viet Nam National Academic Recognition Information Centre, Ministry of Education and Training.

I already have an MBA/master's degree. Will this reduce my time to the PhD degree?

No. Prior coursework at the graduate level will not reduce your time to degree. There is minimal overlap between MBA and PhD level coursework

How many majors does the program offer? What are they?

We offer EPHD programs in two majors: Business Administration and Economics.

What are the key E-PHD outcomes requirements?

You must publish at least 01 journal article on ISI/Scopus system before defending your PhD dissertation. Usually, EPHD students are encouraged to publish two articles before defending.

There are so many issues to consider when choosing a doctoral program. It is hard to focus on the big picture. How do I make sure I am asking the right questions?

One way to make sure you ask the right questions is to keep yourself from asking the wrong ones, such as "How hard will I have to work?" or "How convenient is this program?" Our advice is to consider that anything worthwhile is not easy and often not convenient. In the end, the critical question is: When you look at your diploma, what do you want it to say? From our perspective, we do not view E-PhD as purely an educational program. Instead, we see it as a research development program. It is a platform for us to work, learn, and publish together. There are pains, but also a lot of fun. Research is not only "learned and claimed," but it is also "lived and felt" (From Prof. Nguyen Van Thang- Institute of Sustainable Development, NEU)

How many students are in EPHD every year?

The number of first-year students in each program's major is about 4-8, with a total enrolment of 10 – 15 each year. However, new students may interact with doctoral students of different years. Typically, the number of peers with whom a doctoral student interacts and finds common interests ranges from 10 to 20.

How long does it take to complete this degree program?

While some students have finished in the program in 3 years, the average student completes the program in 4 to 5 years. Try your best and overcome yourself!

How many courses should I take per semester?

Most students take seven courses, and the classes are offered in the first year of the program; this is necessary for students to demonstrate their competency in the Economic and Business Administration foundations and research methods after completing the first year of classes. Exams are scheduled after each course.

May I receive feedback on my performance?

Each course, you will have final exam/assignments and receive a review for your progress. Annually, we provide academic meetings for you to get a review on your research.

What is the required duration for dissertation defense?

The defense usually takes two full hours to accommodate all the questions.

Do you offer private working spaces for PhD candidates?

EPHD students are encouraged to work in our office. The working spaces are not private but designed to help you focus on your research and, at the same time, socialize with your peers and professors.

Do you offer a progress check?

Our periodical academic presentation with reviewers would act as the progress checks.

What are supplement activities offered in E-PHD besides coursework?

There are seminars and academic presentations periodically. From 2020, we are planning to organize YES (YEARLY EPHD SEMINARS) for all EPHD students to present their papers. However, they are designed not as a supplement but more like a requirement to help students gain better knowledge and research capabilities.

Do we have access to peer-reviewed journals?

NEU has access to the database for all NEU students. Besides, you can get help from our faculties on this issue

What are the differences between E-PHD and other PHD programs offered in NEU?

Our EPHD is offered in English and oriented toward the International standard of research and publication. The program is designed to mirror international best practices.

Testimonials

Our Happy ePhd Candidates

E-PhD program at Institute for Sustainable Development, NEU is an ideal choice for me to pursue my PhD. I highly appreciate the training courses, seminars, and conferences I received to become an independent researcher and take higher academic career ladders. Starting as a beginner in the academic world, now I can conduct a research and write Scopus/ ISI indexed papers on my own. Another distinct feature of this program is that all processors at Institute for Sustainable Development are willing to support and guide all doctoral students. Other staff are approachable and very helpful also. It is always easy to find them for advice. Every little things about this fabulous community have made my PhD journey a wonderful experience.

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- Hoang Phuong Dung

For the 6 years after the completion of my MBA, I had been on the constant quest for the right phd program, considering dozens of options from both Vietnam and abroad. My top priorities were: Support from supervisors and administrative, academic excellence, international curriculum and reasonable tuition fees. The EPHD program at NEU is young but I have heard nothing but all the wonderful feedbacks/recommendations from my colleagues and mentors. And speaking from my experience as a current student of the program, I have every reasons to believe that the EPHD program has totally lived up to its reputation and satisfied every criteria that I have: supervisors and teachers are internationally recognized, the staffs were incredibly kind and supportive, the curriculum is rigorous, and the tuition is a fraction of other programs in English. I know the road ahead is long but I’m excited and never feel alone in my journey, all thanks to the amazing people of the program.

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- Nhung Trần Hilary

Not until I was enrolled into EPhD program was I engaged in such immersive learning and on the right track to enhance critical thinking as well as academic research competence. The supportive environment at EPhD combined with the well-structured program has step by step guided me through this challenging but rewarding journey to become an independent researcher.

- Mai Lê