What will I learn?

Business Law is a legal subject that focuses on legal regulation of commercial conditions of importance to companies and organizations. Business Law research analyzes and studies how the design and lawsuits regarding business enterprise in the broad sense look and should look at different levels of society. Among the research subject subgroups are, among other things, company law, contract law, competition law, labor law and tax law. Developments in the European Union, especially in certain subgroups, require special lighting. Business Law research at the department is largely conducted with traditional legal science methods, but often includes elements of empirical endeavors.

Aim of the programme and learning outcomes The third-cycle programme in Business Law primarily involves the study of a jurisprudential subject (Doctor or Licentiate of Laws) but can also have a social sciences orientation (Doctor or Licentiate of Philosophy). The aim of the programme in Business Law at the School of Economics and Management in Lund is to provide students with specialised knowledge of the subject, thorough training in research methodology, and a good understanding of the problems that occur in research and its practical application.

On completion of the third-cycle programme, research students shall be well prepared for pursuing research and investigations, and well suited to professional activities that require thorough knowledge of the chosen subject.

The programme that leads to a doctoral degree comprises a total of 240 credits (four years of full-time study). The main part of the programme consists of writing a research paper (doctoral thesis), which corresponds to 210 credits. The doctoral thesis may be structured as a cohesive text (monograph thesis) or several texts that are thematically linked (compilation thesis). The course component of the programme corresponds to 30 credits.

Which department am I in?

School of Economics and Management

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
There are no tuition fees for doctoral studies at Lund University
Start date

Expected September 2020


Lund University


SE-221 00, Sweden

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Paper-based) For English 6: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575.

For international students

An applicant meets the general admission requirements if he or she has obtained a second cycle degree, completed courses comprising a total of at least 240 credits, including at least 60 second cycle credits, or has acquired the equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A proof of English proficiency consists of one of the following: English as your native language; a first degree from a Nordic country; a passing grade equivalent to a Swedish 3-year upper secondary course; a TOEFL score of at least 550, with no less than 213 points on the computer based test and no less than 79 on the internet-based one; An IELTS test, in which the "Academic Module" must be completed with at least 6.5 as a result and with no section scoring less than 5.0.