To qualify for the programme candidates should normally:
Applicants should include a letter of motivation including suggested supervisor, a CV and transcripts of grades (the transcripts should be translated if not in English, and include conversions to Norwegian grading scale and ECTS system), an approx. four-page research project proposal, list of relevant scientific publications including a resume of the master thesis, academic references as well as results from tests like GMAT/GRE/TOEFL etc. with their applications.
Admission to the program is normally biannual in cohorts, but fully funded students may be accepted outside cohorts. The next biannual cohort is planned to start up in the autumn 2020. For more information on admission, please see our supplementary regulations.
The programme offers a PhD education within all fields of business research, broadly defined. The overall purpose of the programme is to give the PhD candidates a thorough theoretical and methodological background, along with the experience of completing a substantial piece of original scientific work (the PhD thesis). The programme is demanding, implying strong focus and full-time efforts. A focus area at the School of Business and Law is International Business where the PhD programme offers a tailored specialisation. See specialisation description for more information.
The programme consists of three main components: coursework component, writing of a PhD thesis, and a public defence.
A thesis consists of coursework and writing of a dissertation. The coursework consists of mandatory and elective courses making up a minimum of 30 ECTS credits (students often end up taking more courses). The course-package for each student is defined in coordination between the student, the supervisor and the programme director and is approved by the PhD committee.
Students involved in research in Innovation are normally enrolled at the Norwegian Research School in Innovation (http://www.norsi.no/www.norsi.no) where The School of Business and Law is a member. Most coursework should be finished by the end of the first year of studies. Courses can be taken at UiA as well as at other recognized institutions offering PhD education. Directed reading courses may also be offered to some students. The courses enable students to write the thesis, as well as develop strong research skills. Approvals of PhD courses are normally Pass/Fail on course papers where Pass must be equivalent to the letter grade B or better. Some PhD courses are assessed with written exams.
The coursework is divided into two main areas; theory courses and methods courses:
Throughout the coursework it is emphasized to provide the students with knowledge on how to publish academic research in their fields. The PhD programme also offer a specific course in “Writing and Publishing Business Research” where the aim is to guide participants through all steps when writing up one of their first papers.
The aim is to finish the dissertation within three years. Students start working on their dissertations immediately after admission. Collaboration between the student and the supervisor(s) is close and normally most of the research is co-authored with the supervisor(s) or other researchers. Nevertheless, the main key for a completed dissertation is the student’s own efforts and dedication. The dissertation is primarily the project of the student himself/herself and ability to work independently is required.
A dissertation normally consists of three to four papers whereof at least one is authored by the student alone. The importance of publishing in high ranked International peer-reviewed journals is stressed and students are encouraged to get their papers published even though the review process can be time consuming. All papers need to be of publishable quality to be included in the thesis.
During the dissertation process students are encouraged to build their own research networks, to have longer stays with other academic institutions and to participate at international research conferences. To enable this, and to learn about accessing research funding, students are expected to apply for funding from external and internal parties.
Students are expected to take active part in daily life at the School of Business and Law and are responsible for documenting that progress is being made according to expectations. By the end of year one students should have finished all coursework as well as their first working paper. In case the dissertation cannot be finished within 36 months the student have to apply to the PhD committee at the School of Business and Law to remain in the programme, as per our supplementary regulations.
Defense of thesis
When finishing the dissertation, the thesis is evaluated by a committee consisting of two external and one internal members. If the evaluation committee find the thesis worthy to be defended, the School of Business and Law organizes a public defense where the candidate is examined by the external evaluators.
International orientation and cotutelle agreements
The School of Business and Law has a strong focus on Internationalization. It is expected that all candidates participate at international academic conferences, aim at publishing in internationally recognized journals, as well as being visiting scholars for at least 2-3 month at other international business schools in the supervisors networks.
Moreover, an increasing number of PhD-candidates are organized in cotutelles, including joint supervision in partnership with other international Business Schools and Universities. Cotutelle-candidates are appointed supervisor, they take courses and normally spend at least one year at each institution. The candidates receive their PhD titles and diplomas from each of the institutions. You may read more about cotutelles here: https://www.uia.no/en/research/phd-programmes/cotutellehttps://www.uia.no/en/research/phd-programmes/cotutelle
Specialization in International Business
International Business, broadly defined, is the largest research area at the School of Business and Law and constitutes a separate specialization within the PhD programme. Candidates following the Specialization are required to do coursework as outlined in the following table:
https://www.uia.no/en/studieplaner/topic/IN-618-1Theory of Knowledge and Core theories in Management
Kick-start your PhD
https://www.uia.no/en/studieplaner/topic/ME-612-1Survey of Statistical Methods
https://www.uia.no/en/studieplaner/topic/ME-613-1Qualitative Research Methods
https://www.uia.no/en/studieplaner/topic/ME-621-1Writing and publishing academic research
In addition to courses mentioned in the table the School of Business and Law frequently organizes other PhD courses fitting the needs of enrolled candidates. The candidates should also take a minimum of 2,5 ECTS credits in an elective course from UiA or another recognized institution within their field.
After completing the PhD program candidates should have the knowledge, skills and the general competence needed to be at the research frontier of their field. Some of these elements are described below.
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