Management and Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition Fee
    160 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    160 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
University rank #301 (WUR) ,
Our ambition is to offer a PhD program that leverages the specific strengths of our University and international Faculty, and provides talented and motivated students with a high-quality education and research environment that best serves their career aspirations. The Management and Economics on Organizational and Institutional Outliers programme is delivered by Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.


Our 4-year full-time PhD programme combines methodical and theoretical courses with additional individualized training as recommended by the supervisor depending on the specific research interests and objectives of the PhD student. Topic-specific individual tutoring and mentoring, as well as funding for research stays abroad are special components of our programme. The Management and Economics on Organizational and Institutional Outliers programme is delivered by Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

PhD students will be introduced to specific research areas of the faculty, including Organizational and Institutional Outliers, Economic Policy Analysis and Financial Markets and Regulation, and have the opportunity to be engaged in corresponding research projects. Our international faculty provides a variety of research opportunities, examples are outlined in the attached research fields.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The first year of the programme is devoted to imparting basic knowledge of methods and theories in the field of management and economics to develop a common skillset among our Phd students regardless to their background. Students are encouraged to explore different research approaches and questions before specializing.

By the end of the second year, the programme provides students with necessary skills, competencies, and tools to successfully conduct theory-based empirical research in different fields and with opportunities to build their own scientific network through attending international conferences and summer schools, and visiting other universities.

The dissertation is expected to be of a cumulative nature, i.e. a collection of scientific papers with a comprehensive introduction and conclusion that highlight the research objectives and the findings. Monographs are not accepted. 

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

We not only seek highly talented, international applicants with an outstanding performance record, but personalities in every respect, who are motivated, self-disciplined, and who possess a high degree of social skills and a sense of responsibility.

You will be required to take part in a public recruitment competition. Admissible applicants should possess or need to complete their master, a second cycle degree, or an equivalent foreign title with honors preferably in Economics and/or Business Administration or related fields.

Successful applicants will be expected to reside in South Tyrol during the 4-year period of the PhD scholarship and to contribute actively to our international research environment.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    160 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 160 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    160 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 160 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.

Living costs for Bolzano - Bozen

750 - 1,100 EUR/month
Living Costs

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


Grants are assigned following the rank list drawn up by the Evaluation Committee. If an applicant decides to forego a grant, the next enrolled applicant on the rank list will be offered the grant.

The annual study grant amounts to € 17,000 gross.

The study grant is also subject to national insurance contributions (INPS) according to current laws. The grant is paid in monthly instalments. The grant is increased by 50% for periods spent abroad authorised by the PhD Course Committee. This increase in the grant applies to any continuous period of stay abroad, for a maximum of one year and a half.

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