Hanken School of Economics


The Hanken PhD Programme offers you an internationally recognised degree from an accredited, research intensive business school with a history of more than 100 years, and an open and international atmosphere.

Research and doctoral studies are core activities of Hanken. We are therefore able to offer a stimulating research environment where you can work in close cooperation with experienced researchers, other doctoral students, representatives from trade and industry and the international academic community.

Those who have completed a university level Master’s degree can apply to Hanken for doctoral studies. The Hanken PhD Programme corresponds to four years of doctoral studies and consists of 60 credits of course work and a thesis. Hanken is a member of several Finnish Researcher Schools and is involved in active collaboration within international networks and with other universities. This guarantees the availability of a wide range of courses and other academic activities for its students. During your studies you have good opportunities to follow and contribute to the knowledge development within your research field. The thesis project constitutes the remaining part of the degree and is carried out under active supervision.

University education in Finland, including the Hanken PhD Programme, is free of charge. In addition to this you have good possibilities to get full-time funding for your doctoral studies. When you apply for admission to the Hanken PhD Programme, you can also apply for the Initial Phase Scholarship with the same application. Conditional on sufficiently good progress (evaluated twice per year), we provide our newly admitted doctoral students with full-time grant funding for the first 18 months of studies on the Hanken PhD Programme.

At Hanken you can complete a PhD degree in one of ten majors: accounting, commercial law, economics, entrepreneurship and management, finance, information systems science, management and organisation, marketing, statistics, and supply chain management and corporate geography.

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