PhD, Economics and Finance [EiF]


Area of Studies

business studies and management sciences



Degree (in English)


  • English

Doctoral School at Gdańsk University of Technology

Tuition and Other Fees

Only application fee. Education at the Doctoral School is free of charge.

Application Deadline(s)

21.06.2021 – 08.07.2021

Course Description

Course Profile

The doctoral programme in Economics and Finance is designed for students interested in pursuing advanced study and conducting original, theoretical or empirical/applied research in economics and finance. The program is divided into two main phases. During the first two years PhD students will be offered an extensive training on the necessary theoretical foundations and empirical methods used in economics and finance research. They will get familiar with theoretical underpinnings of modern economic research, including the theory of consumer and firm behaviour, models of economic growth, technological progress and innovation, macroeconomic policies, market structure and industrial organisation. They will learn how to do advanced empirical research in economic and finance using country-, industry-, regional-, individual- and firm-level data. They will learn econometric theory, methods, and applications. During the first phase, apart from the intensive training, PhD Candidates are also expected to prepare a dissertation prospectus, to be developed into a proper doctoral dissertation within the remaining period of the doctoral studies. During the second phase, PhD Candidates pursue their own research, aimed at writing high-quality doctoral dissertation under the supervision of qualified faculty members of the Faculty of Management and Economics. Given the research profile of the faculty, the main areas of specialisation include (but are not limited to): (i) broadly understood International Economics, and (ii) Corporate Finance and Financial markets.

Candidates interested in International Economics can choose between topics related to: (1) labour market effects of production fragmentation and global value chains, (2) the role of innovation and technological progress in economic development, (3) international competitiveness and international trade analysis, (4) productivity effects of trade and technological specialisation. Accompanying research areas, also offered to PhD Candidates, deal with: contemporary labour market analysis (labour share in national income, demographic challenges); economic and business history, the long-term evolution of economic systems, and the geo-economic and geo-political perspective of the globalisation process.

Candidates interested in Corporate finance and financial markets’ research can focus on such aspects as: (1) Economic and financial aspects of bankruptcies and restructurings. Bankruptcy prediction; (2) Business valuation; (3) Financial markets & financial instruments; (4) Artificial intelligence use in an enterprise management system; (5) Financial transactions prospects in the smart city concept, (6) Event Study in Finance and Economics  (price reaction, stock markets).

Education Requirements

A person who holds a master's degree, a master's degree in engineering or an equivalent degree or a diploma giving the right to apply for the doctor's degree (doctoral, PhD) in the country in whose higher education system the university that issued the diploma has been operating, has the right to apply to the doctoral school. In the absence of a diploma due to waiting for it to be issued, an applicant for the doctoral school should submit a certificate from the university acknowledging the defense of the master's thesis. In the absence of a diploma due to waiting for the date of the master's thesis defense, the applicant for the doctoral school should submit a relevant statement. In such a situation, the applicant may be enrolled and accepted conditionally only, and his/her admission to the school will be possible, provided that the diploma is delivered until matriculation

In cases justified by the highest quality of scientific achievements, a person who is a graduate of first-cycle studies or a student who completed the third year of long-cycle studies may be admitted to the doctoral school. The decision regarding admitting such applicants is taken by the school director.

The field of studies completed by the applicant for the doctoral school must correspond or be related to the discipline in which the candidate is to prepare a doctoral dissertation at the doctoral school. Persons who have completed studies in other fields need to indicate courses included in the first- or second-cycle studies concerning content from the area relevant to the discipline of doctoral training programme. In the case of such persons, the Admissions Committee takes the decision on further steps of enrollment.

To be admitted to the doctoral school an applicant needs to prove his/her knowledge of the English language, by having a certificate of at least B2 level. The list of certificates confirming knowledge of the English language at the required level is given in Annexe No. 4 of Admissions Rules. The certificate is not required from persons for whom the English language is the mother tongue and from people for whom the English language was the medium of instruction during their studies at a higher education institution.

Other Requirements

Before applying please get acquainted with the information provided at our webpage for candidates -

Before registration at our application system candidates are requested to contact a prospective supervisor within the discipline relevant for the chosen doctoral dissertation research project in order to get his/her formal approval. This is a basic requirement and without such a consent you cannot proceed any further.


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