General information about the PhD Programme

The PhD Programme in Economics comprises 240 ECTS, of which coursework constitutes 105 ECTS and thesis work 135 ECTS. The first year (60 ECTS) comprises the mandatory courses for PhD studies – Mathematical methods (5+5+5 ECTS), Microeconomics (5+5+5 ECTS), Macroeconomics (7.5+7.5 ECTS) and Econometrics (7.5+5 ECTS) together with Time series analysis (2.5 ECTS). The schematic structure of the first-year courses –which will be in a revised form from (and including) the academic year 2017/18 – can be found here. In addition to the mandatory courses, a large number of optional courses are available in collaboration with the Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University. All PhD courses are conducted in English.

An important element of PhD studies is the active participation in the department’s research seminars where, in addition to actually participating in the seminar, there is the opportunity for individual discussions with the presenter of the seminar, who will often be an international guest. In addition to the department-wide seminars, there are currently two seminar series – one in applied microeconomics and another in macroeconomics. Many of our doctoral students also participate in research seminars at the Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU). All research seminars are conducted in English.

During the spring semester of the first year of PhD studies, each doctoral student is assigned a supervisor for their thesis work. The supervisor is always a professor or docent, as there are currently approximately 20 professors and docents within the department (see here for the department’s members of staff). In addition to the supervisor, one or more assistant supervisors are also appointed who will contribute with additional support during the work with the thesis.

The department provides funding for its doctoral students from the first working day, where the first-year financing derives from the doctoral studentship. After this, the funding is derived either from a continuation of the doctoral studentship or from a stipend. All doctoral students are provided with office space in the department. In addition to pursuing their PhD studies, the doctoral students contribute to the tuition at the department, either in the basic undergraduate courses (Swedish-speaking doctoral students) or in the Masters and PhD courses as teaching assistants. This tuition primarily takes place during the second year of PhD studies.

To be awarded the PhD, the doctoral student must achieve a pass grade for all courses and must have completed a thesis which has been defended in a public disputation. The doctoral thesis usually consists of 3-5 articles written in journal format and a summary of the articles. These articles can be either single-authored or co-authored. For a licentiate degree (120 ECTS), the student must achieve a pass grade for all mandatory courses (60 ECTS) and have completed a scientific thesis corresponding to one year’s work (60 ECTS). It is very common for doctoral students to take a licentiate degree as a step on the way to a doctoral degree.


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