PhD in Business

Nord University Business School has been awarding doctorates since February 2000. Our PhD programme encompass teaching at the highest scientific level. This forms a natural continuation and completion of the study programmes at our faculty.

​The PhD programme is primarily intended to qualify for research and development activities, but also for other work in business and society requiring understanding of scientific methods and results. Through the educational programme, students gain high-quality in-depth academic understanding, skills, and knowledge in their chosen business management field.This also enables research students to relate the subject to the larger context.
In addition, as PhD student you will gain knowledge of current methods used in the discipline and will be able to master at least one of these methods at advanced and applied levels.

As of December 2014 a total of 53 candidates have been awarded PhD degrees at the Business School. The completed theses include studies and research work in a large range of business and management topics.

The PhD programme at the Business School offers a specialisation within the following subject areas:

  • Entrepreneurship & innovation
  • Ecological economics and ethics
  • Financial management / management control
  • Development in the High North

Other subject areas central to the Business School are listed below:

  • Logistics and transport economics
  • Management and marketing of experience-based tourism
  • Protection and emergency planning
  • Martime Business and Management

Available PhD positions will be advertised in the vacancy section of the university.

How to apply

Nord University Business School admits new highly qualified doctoral students every year.

Announced PhD positions can be found under in the vacancy section of the university. If you want to apply and have already obtained funding outside the Business School please follow the application instructions below.
A successful PhD application should include the following:

  • A completed and signed application form

  • Certified evidence of prior degrees including academic transcripts.
    For admission to the PhD programme at Nord University Business School the applicant must generally have successfully completed five year’s education at university level in business subjects (Master of Science), or the equivalent education, in which at least 2 years (120 ECTS study points) have been taken at master level, and in which at least 90 ECTS study points must have been taken in business subjects. Normally this means a two-year master degree including a master thesis. The minimum average grade of B is normally required both for the master thesis and the master degree in its entirety. The copies of transcripts and diplomas must be stamped and signed by a licensed copying agency or a public office.

  • Certified evidence of other relevant qualification
    Copies of other relevant qualification must also be stamped and signed by a licensed copying agency or a public office.

  • Research proposal
    In your research proposal for a PhD, you need to outline how your research is likely to be original and how it will contribute to your field of study. There are certain guidelines (link) for the proposal.

  • CV
  • A list of all publications and/or other documented relevant activities
  • Evidence of funding for the research programme.
    The financing plan in the application and the project description must show how the project can be carried out. Confirmation or documentation of financing must be attached to the application. Private financing (one’s own means or the family’s means or similar conditions) is not normally accepted as corresponding financing for admission to the organized researcher study programme at the Business School. For more information: see funding

  • Evidence of your capacity in the English language, where appropriate

  • Any additional information that may help assess suitability

    Please send the completed application along with the relevant documentation to the following address:
    PhD coordinator
    Nord University Business School
    N-8049 Bodø

    For further questions or information regarding your application please contact Grete.Knudsen@nord.no


In order to be admitted to our PhD program you must have sources of funding. Your PhD can either be funded by the Business School (research fellow position), or entirely funded by external sources. According to the regulations we do not accept private funding (funding must be through a research fellow position, scholarship or governmental/business funding).

Funded by a research fellow position at Nord University Business School

PhD research fellow positions are generally fully funded for three or four years. The duration depends on the commitment of the doctoral student to work as teaching or research assistant of the faculty as part of their PhD programme. The Business School announces through the website of Nord University when we have available research fellow positions. When you have been appointed to a research fellow position you have three months to finish your research proposal and apply for admission to our PhD programme. You will be appointed a supervisor to supervise the process.

A candidate appointed to a research fellowship at Nord University Business School will not automatically lead to admittance to the Ph.D. programme. Appointment to the position and admission to the programme are two paralell processes which involves separate applications.

We do not offer other scholarships.


​Course​ECTS-credits​Time and place
Foundations and Future Perspectives in Entrepreneurship Research​7,5February 11-15 2019
​​Governance in the High North: Implications for Arctic private and public sector
​April 1 - 5 2019
Clustering and Scaling of Categorical Data, with Applications in Business and Social Sciences
​April 29 - 30 and May 2- 3 2019
Qualitative Research Methods 
​April 9 - 12 2019
MAF9001 Advanced Marketing Theory: Critical thinking
​26-26 February and 1-2 April 2019
Ethics, nature and society
​May 6 - 10 2019
​ECTS-credits​Time and place
​​Scale Construction and Development
​December 10-15 2018
Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics
November 21-23  2018 and 
February 4-6 2019
Applied multivariate analysis​7,5​January 24-25, 2018,
February 21-22, 2018 and April 4-5, 2018
​Analyzing Multilevel and Mixed Models Using Stata
June 5 – Saturday June 9, 2018
Contemporary strands of institutional theory and its application to management research
Bodø, August 27th-31st, 2018
Entrepreneurial Learning and Entrepreneurship Education ​7,5​12-16 March 2018 (mandatory).
30-31 May 2018 (optional)
Econometric foundations for finance
​Bodø, May 22nd-25th and August 20th-26th, 2018
Ethics, nature and society
Bodø, June 11th-15th, 2018
DR437E Governance in the High North: implications for Arctic private and public sector ​7,5​April 16th -20th, 2018 (Bodø, Norway)
Statistics for Research, with Applications in Marketing, Management and Innovation ​5​April 16-20, 2018
​CourseECTS-credits​​Time and place
DR432EEthics, Nature and Society 7,5​First gathering  19-20 April, ​
Second gathering tbd
Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics7,5Autumn 2017
DR437E Governance in the High North: implications for Arctic private and public sector​7,5​April 3-7, 2017, Bodø
VT408EQualitative Camp7,5May/June
DR430E 7,513-17. March

Mathematical Tools for Research, using R53-7. April

Meta-analysis: Beyond data synthesis 4October

Literature review for academic writing in business and innovation management4May

Empirical Asset Pricing

Introduction to applied regression and factor analysis
(endelig godkjenning når beskrivelse foreligger)
DR442 Perspectives in innovation research ​10​3 seminars: 9-10 February 2016, 19-21 April 2016 and 18-20 April 2016. ​Bodø
VT409E Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics ​7,5November 3-4, 2016 
and January 17-18, 2017
VT408E Qualitative Camp ​7,5​May 30th-June 3rd, 2016​Bodø and Kabelvåg/Nyvågar
DR437E Governance in the High North: implications for Arctic private and public sector​7,5​23rd – 27th May 2016
2 days in September/ October 2016
​Bodø / Russia
DR447E Regression and Principal Component Analysis​5October 17-21, 2016​Bodø
DR448E Philosophy of Science​7,5​First gathering 05.12.16 – 07.12.16  Second gathering 08.05.17 – 09.05.17​Steinkjer
​DR427E Academic Writing ​7,5​November 15 – 17 2016
February 7th – 10th 2017
April 26th – 28th 2017

​Bodø, Saltstraumen
Bodø, Nord University

​​DR436E Advanced Mathematical Methods in Economics​7,5​Not offered 2015
​Environmental Risks in the Arctic: Assessment and Management​10​Not offered 2015
DR441E Research Methods​First gathering: 25. – 27.11.15.
Second gathering 11. – 12.04.16.
VT409E Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics​​7,5​November 10-11, 2015 (part 1) and January 12-13, 2016 (part 2)​Saltstraumen, Bodø
VT408E Qualitative Camp - Culture and Development in the High North​7,5June 8 - 12th​ 2015​Kabelvåg / Nyvågar, Lofoten
DR439E Structural Equation Modeling​5​May 18 - 22nd 2015​Bodø
DR437E Governance in the High North: implications for Arctic private and public sector​7,5​March 16 th - 21 st, 2 days in August ​Bodø / Russia
DR440E Government Accounting: CIGAR, I/EPSAS, U.S. and China ​7,5​October 12-16, 2015Nord University Business School
DR430E Foundations and Future Perspectives in Entrepreneurship Research​7,5​30 November - 4 December 2015Nord ​University Business School