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PhD in Management

We offer a high-quality PhD programme in Management that meets the requirements for present and future management, both nationally and internationally.

Study facts

  • Campus: Drammen
  • Credits: 180
  • Duration: 4 years, with work duty or 3 years full time research
  • Teaching Language: English
  • Admission requirements

    Admission requirements

    Applicants must have an excellent command of written and spoken English. Norwegian or another Scandinavian language will be an advantage. Applicants must have achieved grade B or above to qualify for the programme.

  • Academic background

    Academic background

    Applicants must hold a Master of Science degree in marketing, business, management or equivalent. Students currently enrolled in a master programme are also welcome to apply, but must expect to have earned their degree before the appointment begins.

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About the programme

This programme seeks to bring academic research in management closer to management practice in business, non-profit, and public organisations, thereby focusing research on topics that will generate new knowledge for real world problems.

Solving real world problems

Research can be related to planning, acquiring, developing, organising, leading, and controlling the human, financial, material, intellectual, or intangible resources to achieve organisational objectives efficiently and effectively. These research areas are of high strategic importance as organizations strive to meet evolving challenges and opportunities in an ever increasing global, advanced, and fragmented world.

Academic content

The PhD programme will be based on a broad definition of management as a core and overarching field of research in business schools. The focus will be on management as the process in business, non-profit, and public organisations related to planning, acquiring, developing, organising, leading, and controlling the human, financial, material, intellectual, or intangible resources to achieve organisational objectives efficiently and effectively. 

Management is a broad, yet well-defined field of research within the social sciences that has membership organizations including academics and practitioners, dedicated scientific journals, and academic programmes offered at all levels. Management is a core academic field within any business school and an important element in all study programmes.

The PhD in Management will focus on balancing rigor and relevance. By training students in rigorous execution of research, sustainable business strategy development, and fundamental substantive theories in management-relevant research fields, the programme will provide students with the knowledge and ability to engage in critical thinking with regard to promoting sustainable social development. 

The overall aim of the programme is to produce candidates of the highest international standards who can carry out high-level research suitable for publication in leading academic journals and other outlets and who are capable of addressing research issues important to academia, business practice, and society.

Our PhD Committee

Study Plan

A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of course plans that describe the different courses. In the course plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which courses that are taught in each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each course plan.

Latest published study plan for phd in management

Mandatory and elective courses

The learning component consists of 45 ECTS of which 15 ECTS are mandatory courses; 5 ECTS are individual core courses, and 25 ECTS are elective courses.

Research groups

PhD students enrolled in the program are involved in one of the faculties research groups:

PhD candidates


The PhD research fellows in Management are employed at one of the departments and administered by the USN School of Business at Campus Drammen.