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Program overview
Length: 4 years
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Doctorate / PhD
Start dates
January  (English)
August  (English)
August  (English)
January  (English)

Program description

Hanken PhD Studies

PhD Studies in Business and Economics

Hanken School of Economics has PhD studies that lead to an internationally recognized doctorate degree. Hanken is a research intensive business school and as such can offer PhD students a stimulating research environment where they can work in close cooperation with experienced researchers, industry partners, and an international academic research community.

The Hanken PhD consists of 4-year doctoral studies, where students have access to many courses, workshops, and conferences that take place in Finland and around the world.

PhD students at Hanken School of Economics can choose a PhD in management and business related subjects such as:

  •  Accounting
  • Finance
  • Commercial Law
  • Management and Organisation 
  • Economics 
  • Marketing 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility

Admission requirements

Students wishing to apply for the Hanken PhD program are required to:

  • Have a research based master’s degree with good grades from a recognized university
  • Decide on a major subject for their PhD studies before applying
  • Complete a GMAT or GRE test
  • Have proficiency in English or Swedish
  • Complete a research proposal


  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A minimum score of 600 (Paper-based test)/100 (internet-based test). Hanken's code for the TOEFL test is 8433. The test result cannot be older than two (2) years.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): A minimum score of 7. The test result cannot be older than two (2) years.
  • CPE with a minimum score of Grade C.
  • The national certificate of language proficiency in Finland, skill level 6.


  • The national certificate of language proficiency in Finland, skill level 6.
  • Language exam for the public administration in Finland, advanced level.

Spring 2017 application round: 30 January - 3 March 2017 at 4 pm (studies start in August 2017)

Autumn 2017 application round: 4 September - 29 September 2017 at 4 pm (studies start in January 2018)

For more information on the requirements and the application process for Doctorate studies at Hanken School of Economics, please request information below

Degree & diploma

This programme will result in a PhD/Doctorate

Tuition & fees

University education in Finland, including the Hanken PhD Programme, is free of charge. In addition to this you have good possibilities to get full-time funding for your doctoral studies.

For more information on the funding of your PhD studies please contact Hanken via an information request

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Want to know more about this program, Hanken PhD? Fill out the following form and include any questions you have. This information will be sent directly to the school, and a representative will respond to your enquiry.


About school

Hanken School of Economics

Nordic Excellence in Business Education

Hanken School of Economics in Finland has over a hundred years of experience in business and management education. This business school draws from the world class levels of education and innovation in Finland to deliver excellent and internationally accredited business...

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Location & accommodation

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Finland offers the benefits of a modern educational system, which is internationally recognized as being very high standard as well as sporting unspoiled natural resources and an interesting historical heritage. The geographical position of Finland inbetween western and eastern Europe, has influenced the cultural expression. Today, Finland offers visitors a mixture between tradition and cutting-edge...

Contact info

Hanken School of Economics

Arkadiagatan 22
00101 Helsinki

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