PhD, Management and Quality [ZiJ]


Area of Studies

business studies and management sciences



Degree (in English)


  • English
Course Duration

4 years


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 Management and Quality Studies is designed for students interested in pursuing advanced study and conducting original, theoretical or empirical/applied, research in managerial and business research, and quality management studies. 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 management and quality studies’ research. They will get familiar with theoretical underpinnings of modern management research and their application, including new theories of organisation, firm behaviour, business models, institutional perspective on management theory, competence, servitization and innovation analysis. They will learn how to do advanced empirical research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. 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. Candidates can choose between topics in the area of organisational behaviour related to: entrepreneurship, innovation management, knowledge management, motivation at work, positive organizational behaviour, public management, technology transfer, inter-organisational cooperation, and sustainable development clusters, smart city, smart mobility, open data, or sustainability. Given the research profile of the faculty, the main areas of specialisation include (but are not limited to: (1)Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviours; (2) Innovation management; (3) Knowledge management and knowledge risks, (4) Motivation at work (the Self Determination Theory); (5) Positive organizational behaviour (job-related well-being; work engagement, thriving, engaging leadership); (6) Smart city and public management; (7) Sustainable development and organisations.

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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