Doctoral studies at the Estonian Business School

EBS Doctoral Programme in Management is a unique, highly individualised double-track PhD programme, which focuses on real-world impact. Doctoral candidates are offered a choice between a classical academic research track and a NEW experimental applied track.

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Applied and
Experimental Track

Aims to dramatically bridge the gap between academic and business activities, increase the relevance of research in real world settings as well as provide students with a practical „beyond research“ tool-box for implementing their ideas in practice.

Focuses on applied and experimental research, seeking to create a two-way interaction between business and academia within a comprehensive support ecosystem.

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Classical Academic
Research Track

Aims to broaden our understanding of the world by giving deep knowledge of organisational theories and society while developing critical and analytical thinking and research skills.

Focuses on the research of business, public and civil society organisations offering a comprehensive perspective on management and organisation studies.

Go to classical track

EBS PhD Student Profiles

PhD in Management is divided into two main tracks:

  • a classical academic research track, focusing on theories, analyses and critical thinking in areas related to contemporary management, business and entrepreneurship related subjects;
  • an applied/experimental track, where research is directly combined with the development and implementation of real-life changes in organisations (private or public) or with the design and launch of new business or societal-impact ventures based on innovative product or service concepts.

Both main tracks include the possibility to uptake the desired Research Fellow study route. Learn more about the available Research Fellow positions for the academic year 2022/2023 here.

The EBS doctoral programme has three different student profiles:

PhD students concentrating only on their studies and research are called individual or independent PhD students. The requirements for enrolment as an individual student are the same as for research fellows, meaning you have to apply for a vacant PhD position.

Independent students have no additional teaching obligation, but they must pass the teaching internship which is a mandatory part in the curriculum. As an independent student, you do not have to apply for a vacant PhD position. You can, therefore, choose any research topic within the EBS research field.

PhD students from other institutions, who wish to spend a period of study at EBS, should contact the department they wish to visit. Individual agreements may be made on supervision, participation in courses and a workplace between the student and the department.

The research fellow will work in a research group with a specific research topic. These positions are financed either by EBS or external funding (or in a combination of both). The research fellow is thus employed by EBS but is also a student at EBS being enrolled in the PhD programme.

As an employee, a research fellow is provided with a workplace and a salary, and as a student, teaching and supervision. This scholarship and position include an obligation to contribute to teaching at EBS. The duration of the employment is four years according to the nominal PhD study period. Research fellow positions are limited and offered to exceptional PhD candidates with a similar vision to fit the EBS academic faculty.

Comparison of the Classical and Applied PhD tracks

 Classical Academic TrackApplied & Experimental Track
Nominal duration4 years
Volume of studies240 ECTS
Study formatSession based
DiplomaPhD in Management
ThesisIndependent thesis, a series of publications or a published monograph.Independent thesis, a series of publications, a published monograph or the development of an original prototype, design, regulation etc.
Tuition Fee€600/month (€7200/year);€600/month (€7200/year); separate pricing applies depending on the chosen direction of study.
Research Fellow positions availableYesYes
SupervisorAcademicAcademic & Business world
Pedagogical internship3 ECTS3 ECTS
Core subjects36 ECTS12 ECTS
Special subjects12 ECTS21 ECTS
Doctoral seminars9 ECTS9 ECTS
Doctoral Thesis and related research180 ECTS180 ECTS
Applied concept preparation /validation/testing/feedback/adaptation-15 ECTS
Target audiencePostgraduate degree holders aiming to deepen their knowledge of organisational theories and society.Entrepreneurs or established organisations with an aim to solve a specific real-life organisational issue.
Application deadlineAugust 1st, 2022 (EU et al)August 1st, 2022 (EU et al)