Interested in a Ph.D.?

Do you have a master degree in Business administration and a keen interest for research? Being a research fellow you combine an intensive course component with research and relevant work experience in the four-year fully-funded programme leading to a Ph.D. degree.

​​​​​​​​​​Everyday life as a research fellow​

​A research fellow can be described as a "research apprentice" - someone who works on their own research project under supervision and in collaboration with experienced researchers. Participation in courses and conferences provides inspiration and new perspectives on the project. The supervisor makes sure that you stay on track towards the goal. You develop an international network by attending conferences and workshops. It is also possible to spend a period at a foreign university.

The period of employment is four years which include 25 % teaching and/or research assistance responsibilities.

At Nord University Business School, research projects are organized in teams where PhD students are included so that they become part of the academic community. Learning from experienced research colleagues is an important part of the doctoral education. We have about 45 PhD candidates and facilitate both academic and social activities.

As a graduate of Ph.D. in business administration, you will be able to work in research and teaching, in public administration or in business. Candidates with doctoral degrees are increasingly in demand in many different positions both in and outside the research sector.

Relevant topics for Ph.D. projects at the various study places of Nord University

​The doctoral program at Nord University Business School (HHN) covers all subjects within the business economics subject area. The doctoral candidates must be linked to research groups, but not all subject areas have research groups at all study places.

Bodø has active research groups within the entire field of business economics. Relevant research topics may be High North knowledge, marketing, management, innovation, entrepreneurship, financial management, accounting, auditing, finance, logistics, transport economics, circular economy, experience economics, project management / temporary organizations, emergency management, ecological economics, information systems and digitization. The list is not complete and research projects within other topics may be relevant.

At the study places Mo i Rana and Steinkjer, research projects within innovation, entrepreneurship, digitalisation and circular economy are desirable. At Mo i Rana, projects aimed towards industry will be particularly relevant. Similarly, research projects within the broad understanding of bioeconomy will be particularly relevant at Steinkjer. At Stjørdal, research projects within sustainability development, safety and management are desirable. For these topics, research projects that have a context related to transport are particularly relevant.​

We refer to HHN's website for a description of the research activities within each subject group​

Participation on conferences and Ph.D. courses

Presenting your own research results at international conferences is both challenging and a little scary. Discussing subjects with top researchers is inspiring and provides many new approaches to research. The Ph.D. education also consists of a compulsory course part. Courses and conferences provide a good platform for discussing subjects, learning new research methods and getting to know other Ph.D. candidates.​

​Analyzing the data material:

 Within the quantitative fields such as finance, most of the work you must to to complete a research article is "hidden". First, data must be collected, processed and often fed into analysis programs. It is time consuming and challenging since you have to fill all the roles: economist, mathematician and programmer . But if you like to solve problems and have a positive attitude, it usually works out. Having a good supervisor helps!

As a PhD student at Nord University Business School, you will be part of an active academic community with many experienced professors, researchers, and a large group of doctoral researchers. You will follow a structured programme of courses, counselling, seminars and get to know people in leading international academic communities, while developing your own project.​