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Doctoral studies in Business Administration

If you wish to continue your studies after your Master’s degree, doctoral studies (PhD studies) may be an option. The doctoral programme entails four years of full time studies and is concluded with a doctoral degree, the most advanced academic qualification awarded in Sweden.

The overall aim of the doctoral programme is to train doctoral students to become critical and independent researchers with in-depth knowledge of their subject, thorough knowledge of different research methods, and a good understanding of the common research issues and their practical application. The aim is also to give a qualified base for a future carrier within the academic world and/or in the world outside the university.

The main research areas at the Department of Business administration are:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Organisation
  • Research Policy
  • Strategic Management

Read more about research, specialisations and subareas in Business Administration.

Application procedure

As a doctoral student at the Department of Business Administration, you are trained in a scientific approach. Briefly described, you are trained to think critically and analytically, to solve problems independently and with the help of the right choice of method, and to develop an awareness of research ethics.

To be admitted to the doctoral programme, you must apply for an advertised doctoral position. There is no set application period, vacancies are advertised as and when a position arises and they are published on Lund University’s website (see link below). We do not accept applications that are not linked to doctoral positions announced by us.

After an application deadline, the applicants are reviewed and ranked by qualified reviewers. On the basis of this evaluation, a candidate is suggested to the Director of Research and PhD programme, who then presents the suggestion to the Research and PhD Education Committee (FFUN). If FFUN accepts the suggested candidate, the Head of Department makes the formal decision to accept the applicant to the PhD programme.


Director of Research and PhD Programme
Jens Rennstam
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 43 49
jens [dot] rennstam [at] fek [dot] lu [dot] se

Doctoral programme coordinator
Charlina Lunvald
Phone: +46 (0)46-222 41 73
charlina [dot] lunvald [at] fek [dot] lu [dot] se