Enhancement of research related knowledge and skills for those aspiring to pursue a doctoral program or/and a career in conducting impactful research.
Creating awareness about the latest research trends in the fields of management and business studies.
To highlight the management challenges – especially in the perspective of Africa and Morocco – and to prepare students to deal with these.


The program aims to empower students and executives from Morocco who are aspiring to pursue a doctoral degree from a reputable university, or to build a career in conducting impactful research, but are not quite ready for this.
The program aims to develop future research leaders for Morocco and Africa who will influence the practice of Business and Management through their impactful research.
By providing both financial and logistical support, the program reflects the philosophy of UM6P to give back to society and community, and to build a culture of learning and innovation.


Local aspirants, including recent graduates and as well as executives who are planning to pursue an academic and/or research career in academic institutions, research organizations, business entities, government and social enterprises.


Africa Business School, Rabat Morocco.


Participants will be equipped with latest research skills, critical thinking, and analytical ability that provide foundations to build a research-based career either in academia or industry.

Courses Taught

Basic Research Courses:
Research Orientation
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Developing Research Proposals

Functional Area Courses:
Business Analytics
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
International Business
Organizational Behavior

Program structure (1 Year)

Semester 1:
Understanding Research (Research Orientation and Research Methods)

Semester 2:
Developing Research Competence in Functional Areas (courses in Functional Areas, such as Organizational Behavior, Marketing, Finance)

Semester 3:
Developing Competence in Functional Areas (courses in Functional Areas, such as Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, International Business)

Semester 4:
Developing Research Proposal (Developing Research Proposal on selected topic working closely with a supervisor from Africa Business School)




A master’s degree from an institution recognized by the University
Fulfil the English language requirement
Basic understanding of research process

Research Ecosystem

Availability of state-of-the-art infrastructure
Access to library resources – databases, e-journals etc.
Access to interdisciplinary departments
Exposure to interdisciplinary industry-oriented research areas


Application form
Research Proposal (3000 words –Title, Introduction, Literature review, Research gap, Problem formulation, Research questions, Assumptions, (if any), Methodology and tentative analysis)
Research Philosophy
Letter of motivation
References/ 2 recommendations

After Completing Research Foundation Program

After successful completion of the program, students will be able to apply for various Doctoral programs within and outside Morocco. They would also be able to pursue a research-based career in industry.
Africa Business School (ABS) is planning to offer a PhD program (conditional on the approval of accreditation). When ABS offers its PhD program, students who have completed the 1-year research foundation program would be eligible to get admission into the PhD program.