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.
In the field of business studies, graduates include Doctors of Science in Economics and Business Administration (D.Sc. (Econ.)), Licentiates of Science in Economics and Business Administration or Doctors of Philosophy.
The University of Vaasa Doctoral Programme is a multidisciplinary programme where students can graduate as a Doctor or Licentiate of of Economics and Business Administration, Administrative Sciences, Technology or Philosophy.
Doctoral degrees in the field of business studies may be obtained in the following fields of research (major subject): Management and organisations, marketing, international marketing, accounting and auditing, finance, business law and economics.
The field of Business Studies examines in-depth the discipline's key research questions, 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. The aim of doctoral studies is to complete the doctoral degree within four years when studying on a full-time basis and within six years when studying part-time.
There are nine research groups operating in the Field of Business Studies. Students undertaking the Doctoral Programme 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 field of business studies 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 organize 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.
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- General scientific and methodological studies 25 ECTS
- Doctoral Thesis, including e.g. research plan, doctoral seminars, tutorials and seminars of the Graduate School in business studies 180 ECTS
- Major studies 30 ECTS
- Optional studies 5-15 ECTS
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- 48 months
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DisciplinesBusiness Administration International Business
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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.
- 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. The research topic of the doctoral thesis is presented in the research plan.
- Preliminary study plan of the doctoral studies.
- Motivation letter
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InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 48 months.
NationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 48 months.
There are no tuition fees or other mandatory fees for doctoral students.
Living costs for Vaasa
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.