PhD studies

The application date for admission to the PhD Programme in Business Studies at Uppsala University, was open March 1-31, 2019. The application period to the PhD Programme in Business Studies which will start in september 2020 will be March 1-31, 2020.

Application and Admission

PhD Programme

The Department of Business Studies conducts research in the following areas: Accounting and Finance, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Marketing, Organisation and Management.

PhD studies comprise of four years of full-time study and leads to a doctoral degree. The PhD studies consists of a number of courses (90 academic credits) and research for the doctoral thesis (150 academic credits), a total of 240 academic credits. 

To be admitted to the PhD studies you need to:

  • Fulfill the general entry requiremens: Awarded a master level, or equivalent, qualification, has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded at the master level, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • Fulfill the specific entry requirements: Courses in Business Studies comprising 90 credits. Those who have acquired the equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad also meet these specific entry requirements.
  • Have the ability in general to cope with the Programme.

English language requirements: International applicants with a Master's Degree from an English-speaking University or Programme do not need to provide further proof of their English skills. Information about Recognized English tests

More information about the requirements can be found in the the General Study Plan for PhD studies at Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University.

What are the career prospects? 

The PhD Programme aims to provide excellent scholarly training. PhD's hold positions as researchers and academics in Sweden and abroad at various universities and Business Schools. There are also opportunities to work outside of academia. In recent years, graduates from the PhD Programme have been offered positions in the Business Community and with various NGOs, the media and authorities.

Application and admission

Admission to the PhD Programme takes place once a year. Vacant PhD positions are advertised on our website from March 1, with the application deadline March 31. How many students that can be admitted depends on the possibilities of financing. The admitted PhD students receives financing for the entire PhD Programme, equal of four years full time. It is possible to apply for only a Licentiate Degree, equal of two years full time.

Applications are processed separately by an evaluation committee consisting of Department supervisors. The most qualified applicants are called to an interview. The PhD Programme starts September 1st.

How to apply

Research Schools

Programme structure

The most important people in your surrounding as a PhD student are your supervisors. They are experienced senior researchers from the Department. Together with your head supervisor you set up an individual study plan outlining how the research will be conducted and which courses are appropriate. The Faculty Board monitors and reviews the individual study plan once a year.

During the first year all new PhD students follow and introduction Programme consisting of four mandatory courses. The Programme is offered together with the Stockholm School of Economics and SLU.

Many of our PhD students spend some time, escpecially towards the end of their education, as a guest at a foreign Unviersity.

More about the programme structure