Business Economics

The PhD program in business administration educates you to do independent research in the area of business administration. It can be pursued at all the SDU campuses in Odense, Kolding, Esbjerg, Sønderborg and Slagelse. Each campus and department has its own special fields of interests and does cutting-edge research in most subfields within business administration, including marketing, strategic management, organization, accounting, finance, consumer behaviour, communication, innovation and entrepreneurship, and operations management. All departments have PhD students; the best place to go depends on the PhD student’s field of interest.

As a Ph.D. student your main focus will be to work on a major research project under supervision of a senior faculty member, and to report the findings from this research project in a PhD dissertation. The PhD dissertation can take the form of a monograph or a number of articles. The PhD program has duration of 3 years. It also includes PhD courses, organized by the departments themselves and by various international doctoral programs; students are also expected to work on their research projects with researchers at a foreign university or research institution for a period of 3-6 months. Previously, PhD students have been visiting institutions such as University of Oxford, Stanford University, the Wharton School, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, Warwick Business School, University of British Columbia or the World Bank.

You can read more about the research profile of the six departments that presently accommodate PhD students in business administration at the departments’ websites, and contact the PhD coordinators at the departments:

For further information about vacant PhD positions, application procedures, admission requirements, etc. please consult the PhD School’s website: or the PhD School Secretariat.

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