The Department of Management, Society, and Communication (MSC) at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark invites applications for up to four PhD positions in 2020.

MSC carries out multidisciplinary research on the relationship between business and society. Its faculty explore the conditions and practices of responsible management, organisation and governance in a globalising world, sharing a particular concern with culture, communication and context as lenses to understand the interaction and interdependencies of business and society. MSC’s contribution to the study of responsible business and governance is organised around various research environments.

Applicants are required to develop a well-specified research proposal, which should relate to one or more of the following thematic areas:
  •  The responsibility of business, management, and leadership
  • The challenges of sustainable development and their implications for management, organisation, and governance
  • The politics of inequality and diversity in organisations and society
  • The nexus between culture, creativity, and markets in times of globalisation
  • The interplay and dynamics of communication and organisation

Worth of Award

  • A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (624 work hours).
  •  The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 27.363 up to DKK 33.045 depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 %
  • The salary level and appointment are determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.


  • They invite interested candidates from different disciplinary backgrounds in the human and social sciences, such as management and organisation studies, media and communication studies, culture studies, development studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, or geography.
  • The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses.
  • The programme is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student.
  • It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment. CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and business where their research qualifications are increasingly demanded.
  • Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programs.
  • Candidates who wish to join them should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).
  • The planned starting date for the positions is on 1 September 2019 but maybe agreed upon individually.
  • To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process).
  • An educational background in the social sciences is necessary. The applicant must have successfully completed the Masters degree before commencing a PhD at CBS.

How to Apply

  • The application must include a project description of 5 pages max.
  • This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan.
  • Applications without a proposal will not be considered.
  • In addition to the research proposal, the application must include copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level, brief curriculum vitae (CV), a list of papers and publications, one copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis), and a statement on co-financing (when applicable) Applicants must enclose documentation for English language skills.
  • A committee of experts in the field in question will assess the applications. The assessment of the applicants will be based on the quality and relevance of the project, including an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to accomplish it.
  • Following this assessment, the management of the Department will make a final selection of candidates.
Deadline: Application must be submitted no later than on August 7, 2020, via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.

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