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. 

Requirements for PhD studies

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.

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 can be found on Universityadmissions website.

More information about the requirements can be found in the the General Study Plan (Pdf) 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 1 March, with the application deadline 31 March. 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 1 September.

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 (Swedish Agricultural Univeristy).

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

About the programme structure