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PhD position at the Department of Accounting (# of pos: 2)

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a number of vacant PhD scholarships in Accounting and Corporate Governance.

The Department of Accounting covers the fields of financial accounting, management accounting and control, auditing and corporate governance in the public sector as well as the private sector ranging from small privately held (non-listed) companies to large publicly held (listed) companies.

The department's researchers collaborate on specific research projects using a variety of quantitative as well as qualitative methods. 

Teaching responsibilities of the Department comprise undergraduate and graduate teaching in Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Auditing. 

Examples of research areas that a scholarship might cover: 

  • Auditing
  • Financial Accounting
  • Accounting Theory
  • Accounting Regulation
  • Financial Statement Analysis & Firm Valuation
  • Cost & Management Accounting
  • Management Control & Performance Management
  • Interorganizational Cost Management
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Accounting & Organizational Change
  • Accounting & Technology
  • Implementation of Accounting Systems
  • Accounting Based Compensation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Board Work and Leadership
  • Long Term Ownership
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Potential applicants are encouraged to participate in an online meeting (see below) where more information on relevant research areas, approaches and life as a PhD student is provided. There will also be opportunities for questions and for further interaction with Department faculty.

    The Department will give priority to applicants with (a) a strong project proposal with the potential to make a significant contribution to existing knowledge, (b) a research focus that fits current and future research plans at the department and (c) high grades from their universities. 

    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. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme, .

    It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, see

    Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).

    For further information please contact: Head of department, Carsten Rohde, tel. +45 3815 2338, email: .

    Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

    General information:
    A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK up to DKK depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totaling 17, 1 %

    The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

    The PhD student will be enrolled at Doctoral School of Business and Management.

    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 Master’s degree before commencing PhD at CBS. The applicants must be fluent in English.

    The application (see link below) must include a 5 page project description. 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.

    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, and one copy of a selected written work Master’s thesis). Applicants must enclose documentation for English language skills. Documentation of GRE and/or GMAT scores is strongly encouraged. For submitting GMAT scores, look up Copenhagen Business School in the GMAC register and choose the PhD Program.

    Recruitment procedure
    The department will host an online information meeting on March 24, 2021 . We encourage all interested candidates to participate in the meeting. The meeting will be announced at the department’s website; see xxLINKxx for further information and registration.

    Shortly after the application deadline, the Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least two-five applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will notified of their status in the recruitment process.

    Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

    Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

    Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at


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