The PhD Programme
The aim of the PhD programme is to give research students a deeper understanding of the field of Economics, a thorough training in research methodology and a good insight into the problems that arise in research and its empirical applications. Students who have completed their doctorates should be critical and independent researchers with the ability to plan and complete a research project.
The department has a large staff of researchers who act as supervisors to the PhD students, and who have a competence in most fields of Economics. In some cases this competence is unique, or nearly unique, within Sweden, for example in Health Economics, Empirical Financial Economics, etc.
The program consists of a total of 240 credits (60 credits per year), of which 90 credits are taken as courses and 150 credits consist of a thesis.
A total of 45 course credits in Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory and Econometrics are obligatory (7.5 credits Macroeconomics can be replaced by other specified courses if this is appropriate for the student's field of research). In addition there are 22.5 course compulsory credits in Mathematical Methods and Statistical Methods. These form the core courses.
The remaining 22.5 course credits can be chosen from the department's course program, taken at other universities or specially designed as reading courses. Courses taken from our Graduate Program as a part of a Masters degree can in many cases also be credited in the PhD degree, after a supplementary examination or research oriented assignment.
All courses in the Graduate Program are given in English.
The PhD thesis is usually written as a collection of separate papers together with an introduction. These papers should either have been published in a refereed international journal, or they should have a format that makes them "publishable". The thesis usually consists of three papers if they are all single-authored, while the number increases if more than one paper is co-authored. At least one paper must be single-authored.
All theses are publicly discussed and defended. The School of Economics and Management appoints an official discussant from another university and an examination committee to judge the thesis.
If a student has a clear field of interest then a supervisor and an assistant supervisor will be appointed upon enrolment. A temporary supervisor, usually the coordinator of doctoral studies, will be appointed if a student cannot specify a field of interest.
Doctoral studies begin with the core courses discussed above; the exact timing will depend on which, if any, of these have been taken within a Masters degree. Students should begin to plan their theses by the end of their first year of studies at the latest, and thesis and course work will run parallel during the second and third years. The final year is usually devoted completely to work on the thesis.
Usually students aim for a PhD, but it is also possible to take a two year Licentiate Degree (licentiatexamen). Requirements for enrolment are the same as for a PhD, but the examination requirements are in principle half those of a doctorate, that is 60 credits of course work and 60 credits of thesis work.
Requirements for Admission
In order to be accepted to the PhD program students must either have completed a Masters degree, or have completed 240 credits of studies, of which at least 60 credits are at the advanced level. In either case, students must have at least 90 credits in economics of which at least 15 credits must be independent thesis work.
Students who have obtained a Bachelor's degree before July 1, 2007 may apply according to the old requirements (at least three semesters of economics of which at least 15 credits must be independent thesis work).
Applicants from non-Nordic universities are strongly recommended to submit results from a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Proof of ability in English (such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (ToEFL)) will be required unless you are a native English speaker or have previously taken an academic degree at an English speaking university.
Admissions to the PhD program take place every Autumn term. The closing date for applications is usually February 1.
Tuition is free of charge. The Department provides financial support by way of appointment as a graduate student (doktorandanställning). Students are in general expected to participate in departmental work (e.g. teaching) for up to 20% of the time from the second year of studies and onwards. Financial support is usually sufficient to pay for the students' consumption needs (housing, board, books, etc.) during the entire period of study.