General information on applying General information on applying

The research field is the topic area of the studies, which is specified in the application for doctoral studies. The majority of the doctoral studies and the dissertation deal with the student's research field.

The person responsible for the research field of Economics and Business Administration is Professor Paavo Ritala.

There is no requirement to complete any doctoral courses before submitting an application (previously: prerequisite courses). Instead there are now three compulsory courses to be taken during doctoral studies, please see further information here.


The coordinating supervisor is appointed according to the topic of the dissertation. All applicants that submit their study right application on January 1, 2022 or after that must have at least two supervisors. A supervisory group may also be nominated; in this case it is the the supervisors' responsibility to decide on the composition of the group.

The Application Process

The applicant contacts a potential supervisor (usually the coordinating supervisor) in the research field well in advance to discuss the research idea and the plan for doctoral studies and research. If the supervisors-to-be are in favour of starting doctoral studies, an application is then submitted to  LUT Doctoral School . There are no specified application periods to apply for the study right.

LUT Doctoral School checks the application package and the attachments. Next, the head of the doctoral programme evaluates the application by paying attention especially to the quality and feasibility of the research plan, scheduling, funding and the contents of studies. One criterion is the availability of supervisory resources in the area of the dissertation topic and also that at least two supervisors can be appointed.

The vice rector for research and innovation makes a decision on granting the study right for doctoral studies. LUT Doctoral School sends the notice of acceptance and other essential material by regular mail. Please make sure that you give full details of your valid postal address in the application form.

If you are also employed by LUT University, see the information package for international staff on LUT web pages.

Application Package Application Package

Application form for doctoral studies is submitted to LUT Doctoral School. The attachments required are listed in the application form. A CV is an optional attachment but may in some cases be required especially from candidates already in working life.

Please make use of the LUT Doctoral School model for the preliminary research and study plan (pdf, Word-version).

The plan has to be approved by all the supervisors-to-be. When making the plan for studies, please read the further information available on studies.

Each doctoral student has to create a personal study plan (PSP) in Sisu after the study right has been awarded. The personal study plan is the same as the study plan submitted with the study right application.

The studies are scheduled for four years. NOTE! From January 1, 2022 onwards the study attainments included in a doctoral degree may not date back more than seven years. On special grounds, an exception can be made based on the proposal of the coordinating supervisor. The final decision on the matter is made by the head of the doctoral programme. Supplementary studies will not expire.

Part-time studying is also possible, in which case the duration of studies may be longer. This has to mentioned in the study and research plan. Please pay attention to the expiry of studies when scheduling the studies.

Instructions for compiling the plan - Economics and Business Administration
1. The research plan in English (10-15 pages) 
  • the background and theory of the research
  • a concise overview of the scientific discourse relevant to the research area
  • the research problem and the objectives, motivation, viewpoint and delimitations of the research
  • the research strategy and a description of the empirical material used in the research
  • a list of references - a separate section; not to be counted in the required number of pages above

2. The financing plan for doctoral studies

3. The publication plan

  • intended publication dates
  • possible topic areas of articles
  • possible publication channels with Publication Forum-ratings

4. The plan for studies (total minimum 40 ECTS credits)

  • research field studies min. 20 ECTS cr
  • studies supporting the research field including min. 15 ECTS cr of methodology and scientific theory studies
  • mode of study (if known)
  • number of ECTS credits for separate study attainments
  • anticipated time of completion - LUT Doctoral School recommends that all studies should be completed during the first two years of studying.
5. The research schedule (a four-year plan)
  • If the doctoral studies are expected to take longer, please clarify the reason in the plan (e.g. studying part-time while working).
6. The supervision plan (see below)

Supervision plan Supervision plan

A supervision plan is made at the very beginning of the doctoral studies. The plan helps to communicate the general principles of good supervision and offers a tool to outline the supervision process from the student's and the supervisors' point of view.

The supervision plan also explains the responsibilities of the student, the supervisors and other possible parties involved. It is part of the preliminary research and study plan that is submitted in the application package.

LUT Doctoral School recommendations for good supervision practices of doctoral students  (will be updated in August-September)