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Commercial Law

Hanken School of Economics

48 months
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The Commercial Law programme at Hanken School of Economics prepares students for challenging careers in research by providing an individually tailored program for each doctoral student.


About the Programme

The Commercial Law programme at Hanken School of Economics attracts doctoral students in many fields of Commercial Law, including Intellectual Property Law, Tax Law, Law of Corporate Governance and Labour Law. Hanken also currently hosts two important research centers related to the Department: the IPR University Center and the Hanken Center for Accounting, Finance and Governance.

Doctoral candidates  are encouraged to work in close cooperation with other Finnish doctoral candidates in law. In addition, the Nordic Doctoral Network for Intellectual Property Law also provides cooperation with doctoral candidates in other Nordic countries; Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The Network arranges an annual seminar in one of the Nordic countries. In the past, doctoral students in intellectual property law have been encouraged to spend some time in research visits to the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich, Germany. Joint doctoral workshops have been arranged through a bilateral cooperation program with the University of Bayreuth, funded by the Academy of Finland and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Programme Structure

  • In addition to the doctoral dissertation, doctoral students are required to complete coursework of 60 ECTS, including 44 ECTs in major and related subjects, and 16 credits in general methodology, philosophy of science or similar courses of a methodological character. Upon approval of the degree supervisor, students are allowed to take doctoral courses offered at other universities in Finland or abroad. Normally the students graduate with a PhD after four years of full-time studies.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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180 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • A research-based Master's degree with good grades from a recognised university constitutes the basis for admission to doctoral studies. The Master's degree has to include a comprehensive research based thesis.

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975 - 1584 EUR /month
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