PhD studies in economics

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 PhD 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 student is assigned a supervisor for their thesis work. The supervisor is always a professor or associate professor, as there are currently approximately 20 professors and associate professors within the department. 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 PhD 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 PhD students are provided with office space in the department. In addition to pursuing their PhD studies, the students contribute to the tuition at the department, either in the basic undergraduate courses (Swedish-speaking PhD students) or in the Master’s program and PhD courses as teaching assistants. This tuition primarily takes place during the second year of PhD studies.

To be awarded the PhD, the 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 PhD students to take a licentiate degree as a step on the way to a doctoral degree.

Doctoral theses