PhD in Business

Doctoral degree

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Upon completion, the candidate should:

- have an academic specialisation within the field of business

- be able to locate this field within a larger framework

- have specialised insight into the scientific methods used in, and knowledge of, their field of study

- be able to contribute to development of the field in the form of new theories, methods, interpretations and the like.



Upon completion, the candidate should be able to:

- formulate and solve problems at an advanced scientific level

- utilise relevant scientific theories and methods in their field

- critically evaluate and form an opinion about the use of relevant theories and methods in the field

- conduct indpendent research work at an advanced scientific level.


General competence

Upon completion, the candidate should:

- be able to indentify, carry out and disseminate research and development tasks with academic integrity, in accordance with founding principles of the institution of academia.

- be able to reflect upon and form an opinion about integral ethical challenges in relation to research and development task

- be able to utilise their research and development expertise within all areas that require insight into business-related scientific methods and results

- be able to communicate problem, analyses and results to their peers, as well as to the general public, including participating in debates at conferences and in the public arena.

Programme evaluation

Dialogue meetings are conducted between students and the programme director every year.

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 


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.


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ECTS Credits 180
Study level Ph.D
Scope Full time
Teaching language English and Norwegian
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Campus Bodø

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