Programme structure

Once admitted to the PhD Programme you will be appointed two supervisors, one with the primary responsibility for the candidate’s studies, and one or two deputy supervisor. At least one of the supervisors must have completed training for supervisors.  

The role of the supervisor is to guide the PhD student in the writing of a thesis, but also to be a support in the gradual change towards being an independent researcher.

The Doctoral Boards handbook

The Programme structure

The duties of a PhD student are primarily focused on his/her own research education, (4 years full-time), 90 academic credits of courses and 150 credits research for the doctoral thesis. To a limited extent (maximum 20 %), the work may also involve other departmental duties, mainly related to teaching undergraduate courses – in which case the position may be extended to maximum five years.

General syllabus for the PhD Programme (an inofficial translation of the Swedish original).

Individual Study Plan

Together with the supervisors an Individual Study Plan is set up for each Phd Student. The plan is monitored every year. The Study Plan is the foundation for the individual work of the PhD student, but is also the basis for how much supervision that is needed.


The curriculum includes courses on research methods and courses specialising in the primary Business Studies fields. Some of these courses are compulsory for all doctoral students. Courses may also be taken at other Departments or universities. New doctoral students take part in the SUBS Programme (Stockholm Uppsala Business Studies), compulsory for the PhD students, which is comprised of four courses of 7.5 credits each concentrated to the first (autumn) semester. Two of the SUBS courses will be given in Uppsala and two at Stockholm School of Economics.


PhD students that belongs to one of the Research Schools - The Swedish Research School of Management and IT (MIT) (management and IT), Nord-IB (international business) and FIRE (programme in accounting) will be expected, to a certain extent, to follow the courses within their respective course programs.

Research Seminar, Högre seminarium

The PhD students are expected to present their work at least once a year at the weekly research seminar at the Department.

The Higher Seminar

Participation in conferences, both nationally and internationally, is a part of the education. Special financing is available for participation in conferences. Many of our PhD students spend part of their PhD studies abroad, for example at Harvard University, Columbia University, MIT och London School of Economics.


PhD students are funded through a scholarship or a doctoral studentship. An increase in wage will be applied (applies for a doctoral studentship which is an employment) through a local tariff at the University and the increase takes place when the student enters the second and third year of their PhD studies.

There is no tuition fee.

The doctoral studentship is associated with the possibility of teaching or working as a senior researcher assistent for 20 % of the time. This opportunity is given from the second year on. This also means that the study period is prolonged with the same amount of time. The teaching is usually at the A or B level. If you are funded through a scholarship teaching is optional. But it should be pointed out that teaching is important if you are planning on having a career within the academia.


Each student is given two supervisors upon admission, one head supervisor and one additional supervisor. The role of the supervisor is to guide the student in the writing of the thesis, but also to be a support when the student transforms into an independent researcher. A Phd Student that studies fulltime has the right to supervision during all of their studies. 



The doctoral thesis is the core of the PhD Programme. In the thesis, doctoral students apply scientific methodology to a research problem in Business Studies aiming at the advancement of research in the field. The quality of the thesis should reach the level required for publication in a scientific journal. The thesis can be presented either as a monography or a compilation consisting of several different scientific papers that the PhD student has written alone or together with a colleague.

At the public defence, the thesis is scrutinized by an external examiner from another University, national or international. The grade given is either passed or failed. In order to get the degree the following is required:

  • passed grade on the defence
  • 150 hp thesis
  • 90 credits in courses

When you have received your PhD you can also participate in the Conferment Ceremony that takes place twice a year.


It is possible to apply for a Licentiate Degree, equal of two years of full time studies. A Licentiate requires 120 credits, including at least 60 credits of courses. The thesis consists of 75 credits and is discussed at a public seminar with an external examiner. The thesis is either passed or failed. If you wish to continue your education towards a PhD you can apply again, but the admission process is the same for all applicants to the PhD Programme.

Last modified: 2024-02-16