Doctoral Studentship in Business Administration

Gothenburg (SE)
10 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Doctoral Studentship in Business Administration

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Business Administration, Gothenburg
First day of employment: 2017-09-01
Reference number: UR 2016/1159

The School of Business, Economics and Law has more than 3700 students, 470 employees, and 160 international university partners. There are four departments for the School’s main areas of study. The School is one of about 80 universities in the world with a Triple Crown accreditation. This includes the EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA accreditation associations, which ascertain an international recognition of high quality management education.

The Department of Business Administration, with around 150 employees and 50 doctoral students, is the largest department in the School of Business, Economics and Law. The Department consists of the sections Accounting, Marketing, Management and Organisation, and Industrial and Financial Economics and Logistics. We are one of the leading research department in the Nordic countries and our research has a strong tradition in empirically based research aiming for publications in well-recognized scientific journals.

Job assignments

It is estimated that the human population in 2050 will exceed 9.5 billion. To produce nutritious food for all in a sustainable way is one of our time’s greatest challenges. Although the earth’s surface is made up of 71 per cent water aquatic food production today only contributes marginally to meeting the world’s nutrition needs.

In 2015 it was decided that the Swedish Mariculture Research Centre at University of Gothenburg (SWEMARC) was to become one of six projects to receive funding under the University of Gothenburg Centres for Global Societal Challenges (UGOT Challenge) initiative.

SWEMARC has gathered a number of leading groups of scientists in the fields of business administration, political sciences, law, oceanography, biology and design. As part of this multidisciplinary project the Department of Business Administration is recruiting a Ph.D. candidate to focus on aquaculture and its impacts on society. The Ph.D. project aims to analyze existing methods and models for describing economic, sociocultural and environmental effects caused by aquaculture. The project will contribute with new methods and models to allow for evaluations of which values and costs aquaculture creates as well as how local communities, tourists and other interest groups are affected. Applicants should have a commitment for working in a multidisciplinary project and an interest in collaborating with researchers in other fields.

An employed doctoral student should primarily devote themselves to their own education. A General Syllabus for Ph.D. in Business Administration leading to a Degree of Doctor is available at

A doctoral studentship entails full-time work. Departmental duties may amount to a maximum of 20% of full time spread over the period of study. The total period of employment may not exceed a period corresponding to four years of full-time third cycle study. The time at which the research student was studying but not employed as a doctoral student will be deducted from this period. The regulations governing the employment of doctoral students may be found in Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. Only a person who is being admitted or already has been admitted to a Ph.D. programme may be employed as a doctoral student.

This doctoral studentship leads to a doctoral degree in Business Administration.


The applicant must meet both the "General entry requirements" and the "Specific entry requirements".

To meet the "general entry requirements" the applicant must have
1. a degree awarded at second-cycle (advanced level),
2. completed studies worth at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are awarded at second-cycle level (advanced level), or 3. an equivalent level of knowledge acquired in Sweden or in another country.

To meet the "specific entry requirements" the applicant must have at least 90 higher education credits in Business Administration or have equivalent qualifications. These credits must also include a thesis worth at least 15 higher education credits or the equivalent knowledge acquired by some other means.


In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from the study programme is taken into account. Applicants are assessed based on the following criteria:

Documented subject-related knowledge of relevance to the research field. Documented knowledge of scientific theory and methodology.
Analytical skills, verified through scientific reports, essays, degree projects or other such work.

Admissions and selections are conditional on the Department’s resources to provide supervision within the doctoral student’s focus area.

The admission decisions are made by the Head of Department following preparation in the Department’s committee for research and Ph.D. studies (FFK).

Additional information

Please apply online.

We require the following application materials:

1. CV, curriculum vitae.
2. A complete, signed and dated application form for admission to third-cycle
studies in Business Administration which may be downloaded from
3. Certified copies of transcripts/academic
records/Diploma/Degree from university/college specifying general and specific entry requirements.
4. An outline of the research area you are interested in (max five pages).
5. One copy of your Master thesis in Business Administration or comparable academic thesis.
6. Two letters of recommendation and contact information of your referees.

If your documents are not issued in English, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish they must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorized translator.

Selected candidates are called for an interview in April or May. An assignment may be arranged.