PhD Programme in Accounting

Information on doing a PhD within the major Accounting.

As a PhD student within the major Accounting at Hanken you have excellent support for conducting research in:

  • Financial Accounting,
  • Corporate Governance and
  • Auditing.

The programme prepares you both for an academic career and analytical or managing positions on the international job market.

Networks, Courses and Resources

As a PhD student with us you have access to a broad range of courses, conferences and workshops both in Finland and abroad. You also have full access to an extensive set of national and international financial databases.

Our major is affiliated with KATAJA, the Graduate School of Accounting and the Nordic Accounting Research Network. You are also encouraged and financially supported to participate and present your work in international conferences.

The coursework (60 ECTS) typically consists of courses in Accounting, Statistics and Econometrics, and takes approximately one year to complete (Hanken PhD programme structure). Normally, students graduate within 4-5 years of full time studies.

While the focus of the studies is on research, we also give you the opportunity to engage in teaching activities, where you can challenge, inspire and motivate our brightest BSc and MSc students.

Supervisors in Accounting

The supervisors at the department are all active researchers and highly committed to helping you develop and analyse the most challenging research questions.




Associate Professor Othmar Lehner

Associate Professor Hanna Silvola

Associate Professor Dennis Sundvik

Associate Professor Benita Gullkvist

Associate Professor Henrik Höglund

Assistant Professor Kim Ittonen (Auditing)

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD with us, please don't hesitate to contact professor Minna Martikainen or assistant professor Kim Ittonen.

The Hanken PhD Programme

Hanken School of Economics is an acknowledged research-oriented business school that offers a stimulating research environment and financial support for outstanding PhD students from around the world. In particular, Hanken provides all newly admitted doctoral students with full-time grant funding for the first 24 months of studies, conditional on good progress and we do not charge tuition.