Estonian Business School

Management, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
  • English
    Language
Doctoral programme in Management at the Estonian Business School, focusing on the research of business, public and civil society organisations, is the only PhD programme in management in Estonia, and offers a comprehensive perspective on management. The programme was fully accredited in June 2009.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

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

Programme 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.

Programme
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 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.

Research

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

  • 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.
  • Monograph published by EBS as a dissertation. Monograph must be peer-reviewed by at least two internationally recognised and independent scholars. Prerequisite for this option is at least one publication compliant to the list below.
  • High-level peer-reviewed monograph published by well-known international publisher.

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

  • Scholarly articles published in journals indexed by Thomson Reuters Web of Science;
  • Scholarly articles published in journals indexed by European Reference Index of the Humanities categories INT1 and INT2;
  • Scholarly articles published in in other peer-reviewed international research journals with an ISSN code and international editorial board, which are circulated internationally and open to international contributions;
  • Articles/chapters in books published by well-known international publishers;
  • High-level peer-reviewed research monographs.
Teaching
Every doctoral student must pass the internship of teaching at university in volume of 6 ECTS. Pedagogical internship takes usually place at the home university (EBS) under the supervision of a professor. 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 is set in the individual study plan.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

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 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.
Elective courses of the doctoral programme are:
  • Strategic Management;
  • Cost-Benefit Analyses;
  • Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital;
  • Logic;
  • Cultural Psychology;
  • Theories of Management of Organisational Changes;
  • Ethics and Responsibility in Management;
  • Fundamentals of Cybernetics and Emergent Systems;
  • Special Courses on Basis of Specialised Literature (reading courses).

Audience

Doctoral programme in Management aims to widen the understanding of the world of a doctoral student by giving deepened knowledge of organisational theories and society whilst developing critical and analytical thinking and research skills. After completing the programme one has the ability to make continuous and logical arguments and synthesise new ideas. PhD in Management offers challenges and career opportunities in the academia and also raises your value on labour market.

Academic Requirements

Entry qualification

Postgraduate diploma (or higher)

  • 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 of the future doctoral thesis (topic, outlined research problem, description of research methodology);

Please present notarized entry qualification documents in original language with a translation to English.

Language requirements

English

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

Minimum TOEFL score of 550 points, or 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;
For more detailed info please visit: www.ebs.ee/en/research-and-doctoral-studies/admission

Tuition Fee

Application fee: €100.00 one-time. The application fee is non-refundable.

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Funding

Financing of studies

State financing

State financed doctoral students are exempt from tuition and receive an additional monthly support of 383.47 €. Distribution of state financing is decided yearly by the Research Council based on the proposals made by the attestation committee at the end of October.

EBS scholarships

Doctoral students who have showed notable results in research or development activities can apply for EBS scholarships that either partially or fully cover their tuition. Scholarship decisions are made by the Research Council based on the application by doctoral students, supervisor’s recommendation and the results of last attestation yearly at the end of October.

Financing research activities
DoRa scholarships

EBS is a partner in a doctoral studies and research internationalisation programme DoRa that offers several scholarships to both doctoral students and young researchers. The aim of the scholarships is to enhance the progress of research.

Scholarships are offered to support following activities:

  • Faculty exchange
  • Visiting PhD students
  • Exchange semester for PhD students
  • Mobility of PhD students and young researchers
Doctoral School scholarships

All PhD students of EBS are eligible for applying to the scholarships offered by the Doctoral School in Economics and Innovation.

Available scholarships include:

  • Participation in international research conferences,
  • Short-term mobility grants,
  • Involving external co-supervisors (both practitioners and foreign academics),
  • Language editing for publishing.

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