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Hanken School of Economics

If you have a passion to learn more, to explore new phenomena, and wish to develop exciting breakthroughs in economics and business administration, the PhD programme at Hanken is something for you. 

Who we are 

Hanken School of Economics (in short: Hanken) is a leading, top-5 university-level business school in Scandinavia – featuring the “triple-crown” accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA). Our research ranks in top 5 among Scandinavian/Nordic business schools in terms of research published in top journals of business and economicsand in top 40 of all universities in the world in terms of research citation rate ( Hanken has also been awarded  'HR Excellence in Research' label by European Commission's HRS4R initiative. We are located both in the downtown of Finland’s capital, Helsinki, and in the energy capital of the North, Vaasa.  

We offer you 

A salaried position for the first 2 years in the programme. For years 3-4 in the programme, we will support you in finding funding from externally funded research projects or scholarships. We do not charge any tuition fees for the studies in the 4-year programme. The studies are full-time.

  • A 4-year PhD programmeleading to a degree that will prepare you for a career at top universities, research institutions, and companies. 
  • An international, world-class research environment
  • Experienced supervisors at the cutting edge of their research fields
  • Opportunity to take world-class courses taught by international top scholars, organized by national doctoral schools (KATAJAGraduate School of Finance, Helsinki Graduate School of Economics GSE)
  • Individually tailored guidance and studies
  • Flexible and supportive service
  • Access to prominent international networks

Specifically, you can complete the PhD degree in one of the following majors: 

  • Accounting 
  • Commercial Law 
  • Economics 
  • Entrepreneurship and Management
  • Finance 
  • Management and Organisation
  • Marketing 
  • Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility

The programme entails 4 years of full-time studies, with a flexible structure: 60 ECTS credits of coursework and a doctoral thesis.  

Who you are 

We welcome applications from research-oriented students holding a Master’s degree; Masters with other than business study background are also warmly welcomed to apply (e.g., masters in statistics, psychology, systems analysis, industrial engineering). The PhD studies are in English (Finnish or Swedish language is not needed in studies). 

Please notice that many of the majors welcome you to apply to their programme even if you had a Master’s degree from an entirely different discipline. For instance, you may apply to: 

  • the Marketing major with a Master’s degree in psychology, sociology, social anthropology, management, economics, information/computer science, statistics, systems analysis, or industrial engineering (besides a MSc in marketing) 
  • the Supply Chain Management & Social Responsibility major with industrial engineering, systems analysis, transport economics, transport geography, disaster management, development studies, humanitarian studies, corporate social responsibility, environmental management, or technology management (besides a MSc in SCM)
  • the Commercial Law major with a Master’s degree in law, sociology, political science, philosophy, literature, language, medicine, biology, physics, engineering, or technology management  (besides a MSc in Law)
  • the Accounting major with a Master’s degree in finance (besides a MSc in accounting)
  • the Finance major with a Master’s degree in econometrics, statistics, mathematics, or physics (besides a MSc in finance)
  • the Management and Organisation with a Master’s degree with any relevant discipline (besides a MSc in management/organisations)
  • the Economics major with a Master’s degree with any relevant discipline (besides a MSc in economics)

Note, that although the majors welcome applications from Masters of a variety of disciplines, most majors require the applicant to have some background studies/courses done within the major (or related to the major). 

If your eligibility qualifying degree is completed in the EU/EEA, and you have a GPA (grade point average) of at least B (US grading scale) or Good, you do not have to submit a GMAT/GRE result. If you have completed your qualifying degree outside the EU/EEA you still need to submit a GMAT/GRE test.  

The deadline for applications is 5 February 2020 at 3 p.m. (GMT +2).

For more information visit 

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Helsinki - Finland
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Salaried position
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th December 2019
Closes: 5th February 2020
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