Get a PhD in Business and Economics

Become the knowledge producer of tomorrow and beyond

Do you have:

  • An interest in business and economics beyond the ordinary?
  • A Master’s degree and a passion for creating knowledge?
  • A desire to work with issues that are important to both yourself and society?
  • A wish to safeguard your employability in the global economy of tomorrow and beyond?

Hanken signs employment contracts with all new doctoral students. The employment contracts are for 12 months with an option of a further 12 months, provided there has been good study progress.

Programme Structure

The Hanken PhD Programme corresponds to four years of full-time studies, during which you produce a doctoral thesis (180 credit points) and complete 60 ECTS credit points of coursework.

The Hanken PhD Programme corresponds to four years of full-time studies, during which you produce a doctoral thesis (180 ECTS) and complete 60 ECTS credit points of coursework. The courses are normally completed during the first 12-18 months of study. They consist of 44 credits in the major and related subjects, and 16 credits in general methodology, philosophy of science, or similar courses of a methodological character.

Towards the end of your studies, you will have opportunities to teach and to acquire other competencies that are important for a successful postdoctoral career.

The annual registration is an important process where you report on your achievements, make plans for the year ahead, and update your research plan in collaboration with your degree supervisor.

Hanken supports your doctoral studies through many different processes, ranging from supervision and study administration to performance monitoring and help with the funding of your studies. Hanken also offers you support in applying for funding for postdoctoral research.

As a Hanken PhD, you are also a member of the Hanken alumni community, with all this entails of access to important networks and interesting events.


As a PhD student at Hanken, you have access to a broad range of courses, conferences, and workshops both in Finland and abroad. During your studies, you have good opportunities to follow and contribute to the knowledge development within your research field. Subject to approval by your degree supervisor, you can take Hanken's own doctoral courses as well as courses offered by other universities and doctoral programmes in Finland and abroad, such as KATAJA and FDPE in Finland or EIASM in Europe.

The courses you study do not have to focus directly on the topic of your thesis. They may well cover a broader topic within your chosen major, or relate to some specific aspect of your field of research.

Certain major subjects within the Hanken PhD Programme have set courses or course packages that are mandatory for all students within that major, regardless of their PhD thesis topic. The aim is then to ensure that all students within the major have a solid basic understanding of the discipline.

Majors and Supervisors

Doctoral education at Hanken

Hanken offers doctoral education in the following majors:

  • Accounting (Helsinki and Vaasa)
  • Commercial Law (Helsinki and Vaasa)
  • Economics (Helsinki only)
  • Entrepreneurship, Management, and Organisation (Helsinki and Vaasa)
  • Finance, with possible specialization in Statistics (Helsinki and Vaasa)
  • Management and Organisation (Helsinki only)
  • Marketing (Helsinki and Vaasa)
  • Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility (Helsinki only)

Degree Supervision

Within each subject, there are Degree Supervisors for doctoral studies who will inform students how the studies are set up and organized.

The newly admitted students are to contact their Degree Supervisors in order to discuss their studies. The Degree Supervisor will help students to find the courses that should be included in their degree. The Degree Supervisor will also update students' study plans annually, and he/she will propose a Thesis Supervisor once the thesis theme has been established. Students who are going to take a course at another university or within a graduate school should consult their Degree Supervisor in order to make sure that the course can be included in the degree. He/she has to approve of the course before it is registered. When the time comes, the Degree Supervisor will administer the student's public dissertation defense and will act as the Custos (chairman) of the defense.

PhD Career Prospects

A PhD from an accredited, research-intensive and internationally recognized business school is an attractive asset to the international job market.

  • High-quality doctoral supervision ensures a good start to the postdoctoral career. At Hanken, supervision is personal and individually tailored in the best Nordic tradition. All our PhD supervisors are experienced, internationally active scholars at the cutting edge of their research fields.
  • Two thirds of Hanken PhD alumni go for academic careers. The job market for business school academics is fully international, offering exciting opportunities to work anywhere in the world.
  • One third of our PhD alumni choose to work in industry or the third sector. Their success across a broad range of fields shows that the PhD is hard currency also outside academia. It develops skills that help you advance along many different paths.

How to Apply?

There are two application rounds per year to the Hanken PhD Programme.

The application rounds are always visible on our homepage.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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