Application and admission

Admission Requirements

General admission requirements: To be admitted to PhD studies, the applicant must have achieved a pass grade for courses equivalent to at least 240 ECTS (four years of full-time studies), including at least 60 ECTS (one-year of full-time studies) at an advanced level (Masters), or have obtained the equivalent knowledge in an alternative way either in Sweden or abroad.

Specific admission requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements, the applicant must also have at least 90 ECTS in economics (three semesters of study) or have acquired the equivalent knowledge in an alternative way either in Sweden or abroad.

The admission requirements must have been fulfilled by the time of admission, although not necessarily at the time of the application. Applicants who expect to have fulfilled the general and specific requirements no later than by the beginning of August are welcome to apply.


The final day for applications is 1st February.

Documents that must be included in an application:

1. Personal letter (max. two pages) in which you describe why you want to enroll in the PhD Programme in Economics at Uppsala University and where you state the fields within economics that are of primary interest to you.

2. Attested copies of all qualifications, including all completed academic courses and academic degrees.

3. Copies of essays that you have authored.

4. A CV.

5. Contact information for two academic references (address, email address and telephone number).

6. The GRE test result is sent directly to the department. GRE: school code 0247, dept. code 1801. Please note that the GRE test is mandatory.

We strongly recommend that foreign applicants take the TOEFL test and ensure that the result of the test is sent directly to the department. TOEFL: inst. code _7996

Every year, approximately 8 applicants are admitted; at the most recent instance of admission we received 248 applications for PhD studies. Decisions regarding admission are usually announced during March.

Applicants’ results for advanced courses in economics, including the quality of thesis work, are given particular importance when admission decisions are made. Similarly, knowledge of mathematics and statistics is highly valued when applications are considered.


Admission officer for Graduate Studies:
Arizo Karimi
Phone: (+46) 18 - 471 51 31

Director of Graduate Studies:
Mikael Bask
Phone: (+46) 18 - 471 51 17