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The PhD programme in Management established and provided by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and University of Trento is inspired by the principles of responsible management education and research.

Course description

Our programme aims at the development of theoretical and applied research in business and management sciences through the acquisition of specialized competencies. The main research themes focus on behaviors and decision-making in organisations, entrepreneurship, family business and innovation, organization design and human resource management, strategy and knowledge management, accounting, and accountability. The programme proposes and stimulates the adoption and application of advanced theoretical and methodological approaches.

This 4-year full-time PhD programme combines methodical and theoretical lectures with additional individualized training with a supervisor depending on the specific research interests and objectives of the PhD student. Topic-specific individual tutoring and mentoring, as well as funding for research stays abroad are features that set our programme apart from similar ones.

PhD students will be introduced to specific research areas of both Faculties and will have the opportunity to be engaged in innovative research projects. Our international academic staff provides a variety of research opportunities, examples are outlined in the attached research fields.


At a glance

Duration of the programme: 4 years
Courses will be taught in English
Places available: 4 with scholarship + 1 without scholarship
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano and Trient-Trento
Tuition fees: € 180 per year
Stay abroad: 4 to 6 months stays at international universities

Programme structure

The first year of the programme is devoted to imparting basic knowledge of methods and theories in the field of management to develop a common skillset among our PhD students regardless of their background. Students are encouraged to explore different research approaches and questions before specialising.

By the end of the second year, the programme provides students with necessary skills, competencies, and tools to successfully conduct theory-based empirical research in different fields and with opportunities to build their own scientific network through attending international conferences and summer schools and visiting other universities.
Although we encourage PhD students to start writing scientific papers from the beginning, the second half of the programme is primarily dedicated to completing a dissertation through writing high quality research papers targeted for publication in renowned peer-reviewed journals.

The dissertation is expected to be of a cumulative nature, i.e., a collection of scientific papers with a comprehensive introduction and conclusion that highlight the research objectives and the findings. Monographs are not accepted.

International Research Collaborations

Our faculty members have close networks within their specific research area of the scientific community, which cannot be exhaustively listed here. We are proud to have the following internationally renowned colleagues in our PhD committee:


Among others, our faculty members have established partnerships with colleagues, research groups, and institutes for instance from:

These and many more contacts will provide our PhD students with many opportunities to pursue their research interests, to develop and maintain important networks, and experience the life of a young scholar on a truly international level. Last but not least, it will help them tremendously with starting a successful academic career.


PhD Programme Coordinator: Prof. Michael Nippa (photo)
Student Representative in the Lecturer's Committee: Katarina Keckic


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Application and Admission

You can find key information to apply and gain admission to this PhD Programme. For detailed information browse the general and specific calls below.

We not only seek highly talented, international applicants with an outstanding performance record, but personalities in every respect, who are motivated, self-disciplined, and who possess a high degree of social skills and a sense of responsibility. Among others you will have to demonstrate competence in the English language with a recognized language certificate and be successful in a public competition.

You will be required to take part in a public recruitment competition (see call in due time). Admissible applicants should possess or need to complete their master, a second cycle degree, or an equivalent foreign title with honours preferably in Economics and/or Business Administration or related fields.

Successful applicants will be expected to reside in South Tyrol during the 4-year period of the PhD scholarship and to contribute actively to our international research environment.

You will also have to demonstrate competence in the English language at the C1 level with a recognized language certificate and be successful in a public competition.

1st Call

Application deadline: by 15 June 2023, 12:00 midday (GTM +2:00)
Admission interviews:  5 July 2023 (only via MS Teams)
Publication of ranking lists: online within 14 July 2023

Confirmation of the PhD position

Applicants with grant: starting from 14 July 2023 until 27 July 2023;
Applicants without grant: starting from 27 July 2023 until 04 August 2023.
Enrolment: Starting from 27 July 2023 until 31 October 2023, 12:00 midday (CEST)

3rd Call

Application deadline: by 11 September 2023, 12:00 midday (CEST)
Admission interviews: to be defined (only via MS Teams)
Publication of ranking lists: by 28 September 2023

Confirmation of the PhD position

Applicants with grant: starting from 28 September 2023 until 16 October 2023;
Enrolment: Starting from 17 October 2023 until 31 October 2023, 12:00 midday (CEST)

1st Call

Application deadline: by 15 June 2023, 12:00 midday (CEST)


3rd Call

Application deadline: by 11 September 2023, 12:00 midday (CEST)


With any further question please contact us by phone at +39 0471 012800 or send us an e-mail:

Visiting PhD students and sabbatical stay

The Faculty of Economics and Management may accept PhD students from other universities who would like to visit unibz to undertake a short period of research (i.e., up to four months). We ask for your understanding as we are not able to accept all students who make an application to visit the Faculty and therefore need to be selective based upon qualifications and mutual fit of the research interests.

To facilitate your application and ensure we can manage our limited resources effectively, prospective visiting PhD researchers need to find and contact a faculty member, who is working in the same research area and willing to host the applicant. The host will forward the complete application (CV; purpose and research objective of the stay; topic of a research seminar to be provided at the beginning of the visit) together with a recommendation for approval to the PhD programme committee.

In preparation for your visit with us, the Faculty of Economics and Management is unable to provide access to Italy or any other secure data to visitors or visiting students. If you require this service, please contact your home institute, as they will be required to provide such access. The Faculty also recommends you to bring your own laptop with the software you need.