PhD in Management

Estonian Business School (EBS)

Program Description

PhD in Management

Estonian Business School (EBS)

Doctoral programme in Management, focusing on the research of business, public and civil society organizations, is the only PhD programme in management in Estonia and offers a comprehensive perspective on management. The programme was fully accredited in June 2009.

The continuity of R&D undertaken at EBS is guaranteed by the programme, as all students are integrated into the in-house research activities by their local supervisor. The programme is taught in English and student body involves students from several countries.

The program is managed by the EBS Research Council, that is responsible for on-going development activities and quality assurance. Doctoral students have a study consultant who helps them with planning their studies.


The total volume of doctoral programme in management is 240 ECTS, of which the studies give 60 ECTS and research activity 180 ECTS. Studies consist of compulsory courses (33 ECTS), electives (12 ECTS), doctoral seminars (9 ECTS) and pedagogical internship (6 ECTS). The programme curriculum serves as a guideline for doctoral students, but each student has the right and obligation to put together an individual study plan, declaring each semester any differences from the nominal studies.

All doctoral students have the opportunity to go on exchange with the goal to pass part of their studies or conduct research in a foreign university. Such exchange is highly encouraged.

Research of the doctoral student is carried out according to individual study plan under the guidance of a supervisor. The progress of doctoral student is evaluated yearly by the evaluation committee formed by the Research Council.

The doctoral thesis presented in order to apply for the doctor’s degree may be in form of an independent thesis, a series of publications provided with the summarising review article, or a published monograph.

Compulsory courses of the doctoral programme are:

  • Philosophy and Methodology of Science;
  • Qualitative Research Methods;
  • Quantitative Research Methods;
  • Institutional Economics;
  • Research Design;
  • Social Systems and Organisational Theories;
  • Contemporary Paradigms of Social Science;
  • Management Theories;
  • Systems Science.

There are three different options for building up your doctoral thesis:

  1. Series of publications (minimum 3) with a conclusive article that is published by EBS as a dissertation. The publications must be compliant with the list below and if an article has more than one author the individual contributions must be explained.
  2. Monograph published by EBS as a dissertation. Monograph must be peer-reviewed by at least two internationally recognized and independent scholars. Prerequisite for this option is at least one publication compliant to the list below.
  3. High-level peer-reviewed monograph published by a well-known international publisher.

Following list of publications is considered appropriate for publishing your doctoral research:

  1. Scholarly articles published in journals indexed by Thomson Reuters Web of Science;
  2. Scholarly articles published in journals indexed by European Reference Index of the Humanities categories INT1 and INT2;
  3. Scholarly articles published in other peer-reviewed international research journals with an ISSN code and international editorial board, which are circulated internationally and open to international contributions;
  4. Articles/chapters in books published by well-known international publishers;
  5. High-level peer-reviewed research monographs.


Every doctoral student must pass the internship of teaching at a university in the volume of 6 ECTS. The pedagogical internship takes usually place at the home university (EBS) under the supervision of a professor. The aim of this internship is to give the doctoral students necessary skills and experience of teaching at university level. The volume and period of internship are set in the individual study plan.

Exchange Studies

Every doctoral student at EBS has the opportunity to visit a foreign university or research institution with a goal to take courses and carry out research. Hosting institution is chosen by the doctoral student himself or with the guidance of the supervisor, and then coordinated with the home university. The goal of the exchange is to increase the circulation of knowledge and establish academic contacts. Length of the exchange can vary from one to five months.

Research exchange can be financed by applying for scholarships from DoRa and Kristjan Jaak programmes. More information on the deadlines, requirements, selection process and size of scholarships can be asked from the Academic Secretary of the school.


Prerequisite for applying to the doctoral programme in Management is a Master’s degree in social sciences or business administration (or an equivalent qualification).

Documents can be submitted all year round but new doctoral students are admitted twice a year – in the last week of August and January.

Following documents must be submitted to apply:

  • application
  • curriculum vitae
  • university diplomas and diploma supplements
  • abstract of the doctoral project
  • passport or ID card

The decision of admission is made by the Research Council of EBS based on the research focus of EBS, the motivation of the doctoral student and argumentation presented in the proposal.

The admission for study year 2017/2018 is now over.

Admission deadline for study year 2018/2019

  • for EU candidates are the 5th of January, 2018 and 1st of July, 2018.
  • for non-EU candidates is the 10th of April 2018.

For admission, you have to make a 5-minute presentation of your research proposal and answer the questions of the admission committee. The presentation can be done via Skype (for the foreign candidates, the time is arranged individually) or in EBS. Next interviews take place on January 29, 2017.

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Entry Requirements

Master’s degree in social sciences or business administration or any other equivalent qualification is obligatory.

In addition:

  • Written recommendation-agreement from the supervisor of doctoral thesis;
  • Research proposal for the future doctoral thesis (topic, outlined research problem, description of research methodology);

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English. Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

Language Requirements


Accepted proof of proficiency: FCE or CAE, IELTS 6+ or TOEFL 79+


  • TOEFL score of 550 points;
  • IELTS score of 6,0 points;
  • or other officially accepted oral and written English test result will be accepted.

Other Requirements

  • At least 1 reference(s) should be provided.
  • Written recommendation-agreement from the supervisor of doctoral thesis.
  • A motivation letter must be added to your application.

In addition:

  • CV (education, professional development, research- and development activities);
  • copies of ID or passport.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 14, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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4 years
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Estonia - Tallinn, Harju County
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