Department of Economics

PhD Program in Economics

Our four-year program prepares you for a career in academia as well as 
for qualified positions in government ministries and agencies, international organizations and the private sector.

The department’s supervising capacity is particularly strong in labor economics, macroeconomics, political economics and public economics. We offer an intellectually stimulating and international research environment with several research seminars each week and a large flow of international guests.

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PhD Program Outline

The PhD Program 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+7.5 ECTS),
  • Microeconomics (5+5+5 ECTS),
  • Macroeconomics (7.5+7.5 ECTS) and
  • Econometrics (7.5+5 ECTS) together with Statistical Preliminaries (2.5 ECTS) and Time Series Analysis (2.5 ECTS).

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.

To be awarded the PhD degree, the student must achieve a pass grade in all courses and must have completed a doctoral thesis that has been defended in a public disputation. The doctoral thesis 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. Find out more about the doctoral thesis.

The department provides funding for its PhD students from the first working day.

Admission and application

Courses

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.

Compulsory courses (first-year)
Elective courses