Doctoral Thesis (Dissertation) Supervision

The Department of Management offers excellent and ambitions people the opportunity for supervision of their doctoral thesis. If you are interested in completing a dissertation project at our department, please proceed as follows

1. You have to meet the formal prerequisites according to the guidelines set out by the faculty of economics and social sciences.

2. Choose a topic which is related to the research interests of the department (please have a look at the research projects being conducted by our department members).

We encourage you to get in contact with us to present your ideas and  hand in a written proposal of your project. Ensuite you have the possibility to present your proposal in our research colloquium. Please be advised that no revision of projects prior to presentation will be performed by the department. For any details, please contact Beatrice Rüfenacht.

Applications for the supervision of a PhD thesis can be submitted at any time.

Structure of the Doctorate

A doctorate at the department comprises a combination of research, study, and teaching.

Its key characteristics are:

  • Most doctoral students have a double status. They are students and at the same time staff members of the University of Bern. Any currently open positions you can find under Jobs.
  • The most important component of the doctorate is the research project and thesis, which is carried out under the supervision of a professor at the department.
  • Doctoral studies make up the second part of the doctorate. Courses ensure that doctoral candidates deepen their knowledge within and beyond the subject area of their thesis and master skills important for their future career.
  • The presentation of ongoing research projects at highly reputable academic research conferences (e.g., Academy of Management Conference, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference) provides doctoral students the opportunity to build their academic network and gain international exposure.
  • Doctoral candidates develop teaching skills at the university level by contributing to teaching at the department.
  • The doctorate concludes with the doctoral thesis, which is defended during the doctoral examination. Upon successful completion of the program, doctoral candidates are awarded the title Dr. rer. oec.
  • A doctorate at the department usually takes three to four years to complete.