Department of Business Studies

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 independet researcher.

The Programme structure

The PhD Programme comprises 240 credits, of which 90 credits should be courses and 150 credits the PhD thesis. This corresponds to four years of full-time study.


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. See our course website: Courses

PhD students that belongs to one of the Research Schools - MIT Research School (management and IT), Nord-IB (international business) and FIRE (program 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, Högre seminariet, at the Department. PhD students are part of one of the five research areas at the Department

  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Management and Organisation
  • Entrepreneurship

Each sector has an agenda and meetings are held at least every two weeks.


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 meens 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. 

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 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 recieved 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 concists 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.

PhD student association

At the Department of Business Studies we have a PhD Students Association. All PhD students automatically become a memeber. Head of the Association is Petya Burneva. There is also a worksafety officer for PhD students at the Department, Johanna Rein.

Information about being a PhD from the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Instructions for PhD Students from the Doctoral Board at the Student Union at Uppsala University.

Contact information

PhD Administrator Elisabeth Hallmén,
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 1369
Address: Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsgatan 10 C, Box 513, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden,