Organization Studies and Cultural Theory (DOK), PhD

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  • 24 months
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The Ph.D. programme in Organization Studies and Cultural Theory (DOK) at the University of St. Gallen is an interdisciplinary and internationally-oriented course. It integrates core and contextual subjects at the HSG into a new type of Ph.D. programme.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Ph.D. programme in Organization Studies and Cultural Theory (DOK) at the University of St. Gallen is an interdisciplinary and internationally-oriented course. It integrates core and contextual subjects at the HSG into a new type of Ph.D. programme.

The key to central challenges

Many of todays current issues are rooted in culture and can only be comprehended with an understanding of socially-embedded ways of life, languages and forms of institutionalisation. The analysis of cultural foundations and premises is the key to effectively confronting the central challenges of life and work contexts, today and in the future.

The Ph.D. programme is built upon a foundation of the systematic application of theories from the humanities and social sciences for the purposes of critique and interpretation of social and organisational challenges, as well as for the development of promising future possibilities.

Stimulate and deepen understanding

The aim of the Ph.D. programme is to unite the core competencies of the HSG, to awaken and deepen understanding for the complex relationships between society, culture, its organisations and institutions.


The University of St. Gallen has earned the EQUIS (2001) and AACSB (2003) accreditations and consequently has obtained the two most demanding international seals of approval for business schools.

In the 2013 Financial Times Global Masters in Management Ranking we are in 1st place with the Master in Strategy and International Management and in 7th place with the CEMS Master in International Management. Our Master in Banking and Finance is ranked 10th in the Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open

Programme Structure

The DOK at the University of St. Gallen studies will provide you with options for careers in both industry and academics. You can define your own specializations within the curriculum.

Careers in industry

This programme offers broad, interdisciplinary training in general management. It particularly increases the career opportunities of such graduates who will later work in environments with sophisticated demands on their cultural understanding. This includes professional environments in other geographic cultural settings (global management) as well as in non-profit organisations, public organizations, social ventures, NGOs, health organizations, etc.

Careers in academics

This programme offers a systematic analysis of fundamental humanities and social science theories with particular emphasis on their potential for problem analysis in management theory. It also emphasizes thorough training in qualitative, context-sensitive and hands-on research methods. It is of central importance to understand research itself as a cultural practice in which epistemological, conceptual and methodological issues are to be seen as one inseparable unit.

The programme

The studies are divided into a coursework stage and a thesis stage. The aim of the coursework stage is the acquisition of specific knowledge in line with your thesis project. This involves attending DOK courses. In the doctoral thesis stage, you will write your thesis and, together with your supervisor, engage specific issues for independent study.

Please consult our website for further information.

Academic Requirements

Admission to the Organization Studies and Cultural Theory Ph.D. programme at the University of St. Gallen involves two stages: formal admission and finding a supervisor.

Formal admission

The Ph.D. degree course is open to all holders of Master's degrees from the University of St.Gallen as well as from other universities. In addition, depending on the student’s prior course of study, supplementary work may be required in the fields of humanities and social sciences and/or business administration.

Formal admission to the Ph.D. programme at the University of St.Gallen is centrally organised and is not handled directly by the DOK programme. Please refer to the “Admission and enrolment for a Ph.D.” pages for information about the admission procedure and requirements.

Admission and finding a supervisor

Admission to the DOK programme also requires a letter from a supervisor stating his or her willingness to supervise your doctoral thesis. This process is part of the admission procedure. Please leave enough time to take care of this part of the process.

The fact sheet on the right-hand side will help you in your search for a supervisor. Please note that very many graduates apply for a place in the Ph.D. Programme in Organizational Studies and Cultural Theory and that at present, only a small minority of interested students can be granted a place.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 991 International
  • EUR 577 EU/EEA

One-off enrolment fee CHF 250

Tuition fees for Swiss nationals Ph.D. Level

  • CHF 626 / semester

Tuition fees for foreign nationals Ph.D. Level

  • CHF 1,076 / semester


The Advice Center for Study Funding offers information on options for financing your studies.

Please check our website for detailed information.

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