PhD Programmes

The School of Business offers PhD programmes in Psychology and Business.


The PhD programme at the School of Business trains students to use scientific work methods to acquire and disseminate new knowledge. In order to complete a PhD degree, students must demonstrate:

  • General knowledge of the basic elements of the academic field in question.
  • Expertise in their area of research.
  • Skill in the use of scientific work methods.
  • Skill in delimiting, developing, and carrying out independent research.
  • Skill in communicating results verbally and in writing in both domestic and international forums.
  • An independent and recognised contribution to knowledge creation in their area of research.
See rules for the School of Business PhD programme 


Research is an integral part of the activities of the School of Business as well as the other Schools of the University.

Reykjavik University has a research strategy, shared by the School of Business, with the main goal of developing powerful research that strengthens the University´s international reputation, infuses its teaching with new ideas, and provides both industry and the community with new knowledge.

More information about research and Research Centers at School of Business


Applications for admission to the PhD programme require the agreement of a proposed supervisor. Applications can be submitted to April 30th for the autumn semester and to November 5th for spring semester. 

Online application information

The following documents shall accompany the application and be in English: 

  • Transcripts of university diplomas. 
  • A curriculum vitae and list of publications. 
  • The names of three referees who may be contacted for a reference. 
  • A brief description of the subject of the proposed doctoral research. 
  • A proposed primary supervisor.
  • Information about how the PhD student will finance his/her studies.


Information on tuition fees, dates and amounts.

Contact us

The Research Council and the Dean of the School of Business are responsible for the supervision of the PhD programme. In consultation with the Research Council, the Dean shall decide on the admission of students to the PhD programme and appoint advisors and thesis committees.

Director of PhD studies in Psychology is Dr. Bryndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir 

Director of PhD studies in Business Administration is Dr. Þröstur Olaf Sigurjónsson

Director of the Research & PhD Program is Dr. Jack Ernest James

Members of the RU Research Council:

Dr. Bryndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir 

Dr. Jack Ernest James

Dr. Marina Candi

Dr. Þröstur Olaf Sigurjónsson

Dean of Reykjavik University School of Business:

Dr. Páll Ríkharðsson

To contact the PhD Administration and enquire further about the PhD programme please send an e-mail to the PhD Administrative Director, Hrund Steingrímsdóttir

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