PhD Programme in Social Sciences

The aim of the PhD programme in Social Sciences is to prepare PhD candidates for a career in research and higher education, as well as for other work that requires advanced scientific expertise and analytical skills.

Society needs graduates with strong analytical skills. The overall purpose of the programme is to give the PhD candidates a thorough theoretical and methodological background, along with the experience of completing a substantial piece of original scientific work (the PhD thesis). Therefore, our PhD programme will deliver a research education that focusses on academic excellence. The purpose of the PhD program is to educate candidates that are able to conduct research at a high scientific level. Most of the PhD students continue to do research at universities or other research institutions. The candidates are also attractive for public and private employers that make use of research in their operations.

The PhD programme in Social Sciences includes the following research schools:

Research School on Politics and Society
Research School in Economics and Business Administration
Research School in Radical Interdisciplinary: Inequalities, Temporalities, Existences, Materialities
Research School in Service leadership, international business & hospitality management
Research School of Social Work and Welfare

Sociology, Social Work and Culture & Society

The study focuses on how society and community institutions affect people and how people as actors can shape the society they live in through the actions and ideas.

The focus is broad, but based mainly on a sociological understanding of society and people in the community. The program includes research perspectives at all levels, exploratory, descriptive and explanatory. The PhD education aims at studying methodological, theoretical and substantive issues of relevance to sociology and social work in a time characterized by significant changes when it comes to demographic conditions, migration, digitization, new forms of public-private cooperation, user involvement and emphasis on knowledge-based professional practice. These changes have implications for institutions as well as for individuals' and families' everyday life. The interaction between the individual, the society and social change is therefore vital. Sociology and social work have traditionally had a lot in common in terms of thematic scope, research methods and theoretical foundation. However, they also have their own perspectives and knowledge-base. The PhD program is a meeting place for these different perspectives.

The program has an interesting range of archaeological interpretations and explanations of the historical society to the current gender and media research.

Management, Economics and Tourism

The program includes the discipline of economics and knowledge areas of management and tourism, including hospitality. Economic research is an important input to political decision-making by clarifying relationships among economic variables and the consequences of different policy alternatives. In the study, different perspectives should be represented, global and social perspectives are particularly applicable in economics, tourism and such social responsibility in management context.

This programme seeks to bring academic research in marketing management closer to marketing management practice, thereby focusing research on topics that will generate new knowledge for real world problems. Acquisition perspective appears particularly in the business-oriented and managerial elements of the program, somewhere, for example, tourism and hosting industry is in focus, but also in relation to studies of the management of companies and institutions. In the latter case, emphasis is placed on player perspectives in management, business development and financial control.

The program is aimed at social science research that focuses on how the benefits and values are formed and applied, how values are apportioned and how the formation and distribution of values may be affected political or commercial. Researchers from the various programme areas contribute to the PhD programme in Social Sciences through their participation in seminars and courses, and also by their supervision of PhD candidates.