Doctoral programme in business and economics

The Doctoral Programme in Economics and Business Administration is part of the Human Sciences Doctoral Programme of the University of Oulu Graduate School. You can specialize in one of the following areas: accounting, economics, finance, international business, management and marketing.

Dissertations and public defences

Doctoral training culminates in a public defence where the dissertation is examined.  Our doctoral dissertations are available at the University of Oulu repository.

For doctoral researchers and supervisors

Find more information about doctoral training, study requirements, supervision, and graduation below. Please read the instructions carefully before applying for doctoral training.

For applicants

Are you interested in a doctoral degree? We train our doctoral researchers to conduct high quality international-level research, and prepare them to challenging jobs outside of academia.

The University of Oulu Graduate School has annually two application periods:

  • Application period 1: 1.1.–30.4.
  • Application period 2: 1.7.–31.10.

Take a look at the Graduate School's Admissions page to find more information about doctoral training and the application process.

Learn more about the Graduate School

The Oulu Business School's doctoral programme is part of the Human Sciences Doctoral Programme in the University of Oulu Graduate School. The main goal of the Graduate School is to promote high-quality doctoral education for all doctoral researchers at the University of Oulu.

Contact information

Jaakko Simonen, Associate Professor

Doctoral programme director, Oulu Business School
jaakko.simonen at, +358 294 482 938

Anniina Rantakari, Postdoctoral Researcher

Doctoral programme coordinator, Oulu Business School
anniina.rantakari at

For questions concerning the doctoral degree programme, please contact the doctoral programme coordinator.