Overall organisation of the Graduate School

The graduate school and its field programmes

School of Business and Social Sciences has a unified PhD/graduate school – Aarhus Graduate School of Business and Social Sciences – with the vice-dean for research and talent development as head of the graduate school, and with one general set of rules and regulations as well as seven field programmes.
The seven field programmes with approximate indication of their academic scope are as follows:

  1. Business Communication (corporate communication, knowledge communication, translation and interpreting, lexicography, cultural research)
  2. Psychology and Behavioural Sciences (cognitive, developmental, clinical, work, organisational, educational, biological, social and personality psychology, human resource management)
  3. Political Science and Government (comparative politics, international relations, public administration and management, public policy, political sociology and methods, political theory)
  4. Business Administration (organisation, entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, international business, management information systems, marketing, consumer research and policy, business research methods)
  5. Economics and Business (accounting, finance, logistics and operations research, microeconomics, economics of business, macroeconomics, econometrics)
  6. Law (private law, public law, international law, non-dogmatic law subjects)
  7. Social Science and Business

The first six field programmes are in direct continuation of the existing main educational licences of School of Business and Social Sciences with a clear departmental affiliation. The seventh field programme ensures that the school is able to train PhD students whose areas of research span several of or lie between the six fields and where supervision competencies are available at School of Business and Social Sciences.

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Graduate school PhD committee

The head of the graduate school is assisted by the PhD committee of Aarhus Graduate School of Business and Social Sciences. The members of the PhD committee, who represent the academic staff and PhD students at the School of Business and Social Sciences, are elected by and among these. The committee has 14 elected members – 7 tenured faculty and 7 PhD students representing the 7 fields. The head of the graduate school participates in the committee meetings.


The main responsibilities of the PhD committee are as follows:

  • Nominating a chairman from among the PhD committee’s academic staff
  • Proposing the composition of PhD assessment committees to the dean
  • Approving PhD courses
  • Preparing proposals for the head of the graduate school on internal guidelines for the graduate school, including PhD supervision
  • Issuing statements to the head of the graduate school concerning evaluation of the PhD programme and PhD supervision
  • In collaboration with the general study board at the School of Business and Social Sciences, approving applications for credit transfer and exemption for PhD students who have not yet finished their master’s degrees
  • Issuing statements within the committee’s area of responsibility on all cases of importance to PhD studies and PhD supervision presented to the committee by the dean or by a party authorised by the dean

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Field committees

A PhD field committee is appointed for each of the graduate school’s seven field programmes. Field committees consist of at least four representatives of the academic staff within the area in question. These committees, made up of tenured faculty, also act as standing committees in connection with enrolment to the PhD programme. The PhD field committees comprise the following:

  1. Field committee for Business Communication
  2. Field committee for Psychology and Behavioural Sciences
  3. Field committee for Political Science and Government
  4. Field committee for Business Administration
  5. Field committee for Economics and Business
  6. Field committee for Law
  7. Field committee for Social Science and Business

The representative of the relevant field in the PhD committee of Aarhus Graduate School of Business and Social Sciences is automatically a member and chairman of the PhD field committee. The other members of the field committee are appointed by the head of the relevant department. The members of the field committee for Social Science and Business are, however, appointed by the dean. In connection with the appointment of field committee members, it is ensured that the composition of each field committee reflects the academic breadth of the programme. The individual PhD field committee constitutes the academically competent committee in respect of the field in question. This entails that, prior to any major academic issues being addressed by the PhD committee, all such issues have been submitted to the relevant PhD field committee, and the relevant PhD field committee also advises the head of the graduate school on all academic issues concerning the PhD programme.

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Application, enrolment and scholarships/fellowships

Applications for enrolment and applications for PhD scholarships/fellowships are made to the School of Business and Social Sciences with an indication of which of the seven field programmes the applicant wishes to be enrolled in.

The six academic departments (and any other units entitled to the graduate school’s funds) receive funds and pay the graduate school’s expenses according to transparent principles, such that Aarhus Graduate School of Business and Social Sciences is able to meet its targets and obligations. The ordinary scholarship /fellowship funds are subjected to competition in the form of general calls for applications across all the fields of the School of Business and Social Sciences being announced twice a year. The two annual main calls for applications may be supplemented on an ongoing and flexible basis by way of more specific calls for applications as necessary.

Enrolment and scholarship/fellowship applications are assessed by the relevant PhD field committee, which also serves as recommendation committee. Recommendations for enrolment without scholarship /fellowship are submitted to the head of the graduate school, who submits a recommendation to the dean, whereas the distribution of scholarships/fellowships financed by means of ordinary funding is prioritised by a committee consisting of the head of the graduate school and all the PhD field committee chairs (that is, the faculty members of the school PhD committee). The prioritisation takes place on academic grounds and taking into account the long-term balance of the distribution between the programmes - a distribution that reflects the size of the academically responsible departments.
The final allocation and the total number of scholarships/fellowships are determined by the dean following a recommendation from the head of the graduate school and following consultation with the faculty management (see above).

A certain gearing of external funding is already taking place at the School of Business and Social Sciences today, such that external funds are combined with ordinary funding with a view to making it possible to enrol more PhD students within a given subject area. This practice must, of course, still be possible whenever deemed appropriate. In the overall structure for the School of Business and Social Sciences, however, it must, as a point of departure, be up to the departments (in connection with more specific calls for applications) to contribute to ensuring that such gearing can take place.

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Administration

As the vice dean of research and talent development is the head of the graduate school, it follows that the faculty administration services the graduate school, while the departments are not involved in the administrative support for the graduate school. The remaining administration of the faculty (finances, HR, study programmes, educational practice and communication) is made available in respect of the running of the graduate school.

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