The PhD programme is an internationally recognised research training programme. The intention is to bring the student to the international research frontier.

As part of the PhD, students are required to participate in an individually designed advanced course programme. Another part of the programme involves teaching: The PhD students are expected to gain teaching experience within their subject area as well as experience with other forms of dissemination of research results. This may include participation and contribution to other activities of the department, e.g. instructional tasks. Finally, the study finishes with a PhD thesis that can be a monograph or a collection of research papers, including a summary which explains the scientific outcome of the papers and their connections.

The programme is designed to prepare students for academic positions involving research and teaching, as well as for careers in business, government and non-governmental agencies.  

Aarhus BSS Graduate School offers seven PhD field programmes. The Department of Business Development and Technology (BTECH) is part of the seventh field programme – Social Science and Business - which ensures that Aarhus BSS is able to train PhD students whose areas of research span several of or lie between the six fields. 

BTECH is especially strong within the fields of business development and technology. BTECH currently has 11 PhD students enrolled.


Head of programme

Vibeke Asmussen Frank

Centerleder, Professor
H bygn. 1322, 328
P +4587165768
P +4560202631

Head of Talent Development, BTECH

Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson

H bygn. 8001, 1407
P +4587166913
P +4593508199

Department Secretary

Upcoming PhD defences


Mon 29 May
13:15-16:00 | Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, building 2624, auditorium E1
PhD defence: Christian Ellermann-Aarslev
Topic: History Dependent Unemployment Insurance
Fri 02 Jun
14:15-16:00 | Aarhus, Denmark
PhD Defence: Political Parties & Parliamentary EU Oversight
Roman Senninger will defend his PhD dissertation
Tue 13 Jun
11:50-16:00 | Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, building 2624, auditorium E2
PhD defence: Martin Alfaro
Topic: International Trade and Strategic Behaviour