Application and admission

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The application to the PhD Programme in Business Studies which will be open in the beginning of March and is usually open until 31 March.

The department conducts research and provides education on the doctoral level in the following fields: Entrepreneurship, International Business, Marketing, Organization/Management, Accounting/Finance.


General entry requirement: an advanced level qualification, has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits awarded at the advanced level, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way.
The specific entry requirement: courses in Business Studies comprising 90 credits.
In order to get a PhD position, the candidate needs to be admitted to the doctoral programme, and for this, his/her potential ability to pursue the programme is decisive.

Language requirements

All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.

The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
Cambridge: CAE, CPE

More information about English language requirements


The duties of a PhD student are primarily directed at his/her own research education, (4 years full-time), 90 academic credits of courses and 150 credits research for the doctoral thesis. The work may also involve, to a limited extent (maximum 20%) other departmental duties, mainly related to teaching undergraduate courses – in which case the position may be extended to maximum five years. Gereral rules about PhD education can be found (in Swedish) in Högskoleförordningen Chapter 5, 1-7 §§, in Uppsala University rules and in the General Syllabus for PhD studies at Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University.


Assessment of the application and Interview

An Evaluation Committee assesses the applications and provides a recommendation for which candidates that will be called to interviews. The interviews usually takes place in April. Further, a specific assignment will be handed out to selected applicants among those interviewed. The Head of the Department, in consultation with the Department's Admission Committee, makes the decision of who will be admitted. Final decisions are made at the end of May. Here you find the criteria for the assessment of the applications.

Here you can find some instructions for the recommendation letters, which will be requested in the application.

The PhD position

The PhD position is primarily directed at the students research education, which lasts four years. There are local guidelines for PhD students that applies for a doctoral studentship. A person may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but no longer than the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

The PhD program starts 1 September each year.