• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
The Doctoral Programme in Business Studies produces Doctors of Science in Business Administration or Economics for demanding expert and management roles. The University of Vaasa is one of Finland's oldest business studies institutions and the university's Faculty of Business Studies has a long tradition of high-calibre international graduate education.
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Overview

The Doctoral Programme in Business Studies examines in-depth the discipline's key research question, development and societal significance. The doctoral programme prepares students for high-level independent research work. Studies in the doctoral programme consist of general studies and methods, primary subject studies, optional studies and the doctoral thesis. Students are expected to graduate from the programme as Doctors of Science in Business Studies in four years.

There are nine research groups operating in the Faculty of Business Studies. Students undertaking the Doctoral Programme in Business Studies are connected with the work of the research groups to enable more interesting research topics, group work training and a more intensive and diverse supervision programme. The doctoral programme collaborates closely with national graduate schools (KATAJA, KAVA and OMY). The collaboration enables doctoral students to participate in events arranged by graduate schools and to organise national and international courses and seminars. Doctoral students can also benefit from the contact networks of other research groups in the form of corporate collaboration. Doctoral studies in the field of business usually also include an exchange period with a partner university abroad.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Seminar
  • Managing Doctoral Research 
  • Writing scientific articles
  • Research Ethics 
  • Pitch and Publish
  • Researcher’s skills
  • Social media for researchers 
  • Open Science
  • Philosophy of Science and Critical Thinking
  • Writing Better Academic English
  • Mixed methods and longitudinal research

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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  • Minimum required score:

    62

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General Requirements

Eligible for studies leading to an academic doctorate degree shall be a person who has completed

  • an applicable higher university degree;
  • an applicable higher polytechnic degree; or
  • an applicable education completed abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.
  • The following documents must be enclosed in the application for doctoral studies:

    • Officially certified copies of Degree certificates
    • Transcript of Records of the previous degrees and explanation of the grading scale
    • Photocopy of passport's information page
    • Proof of language proficiency
    • Curriculum Vitae. Please use the Europass CV form
    • Preliminary research plan. 
    • Preliminary study plan of the doctoral studies. 
    • Motivation letter doctoral studies.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      Free
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • EU/EEA

      Free
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Vaasa

    • 680 - 990 EUR/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    The options for financing doctoral studies at the University of Vaasa are doctoral student positions and scholarships for the doctoral thesis. Many graduate students also work in research projects of our research groups or get outside financing for their own doctoral thesis work. Please note that admission to doctoral studies does not automatically include financing.

    The Graduate School of University of Vaasa invites applications for one (1) one-year scholarship (24 000 €) for full-time doctoral student enrolled at the University of Vaasa for writing a doctoral thesis

    The scholarship is applied at the same time as the study right to Doctoral Programmes.

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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