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General information

Here is some general information about the doctoral programme at the Department of Economics. For more detailed information about the doctorial studies see the section From admission to a PhD degree. Please also check the useful information in the links to the right!

Applicants should be aware that admission is very competitive. Last time there were 211 applicants for start in Fall 2016. Successful applicants typically have very good grades and an excellent Master (MSc) thesis.

Structure of the programme

The doctoral programme consists of about two years of course work and two years of thesis work, in total 240 higher education credits. In the first year, doctoral students take required courses in mathematics, microeconomic theory, macroeconomics, and econometrics. In the second year, students take compulsory and elective courses. After the courses have been completed, students work on their theses and they are also requested to do a limited amount of teaching. Once the doctoral programme has been completed, the PhD degree is awarded. Students may present a PhL (licentiate) thesis half-way through the programme. It is possible, but not very common, to finish after the PhL degree has been awarded.

Organisation at the Department

The Department of Economics is one of the four departments that make up the School of Business and Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. The Head of Department is Måns Söderbom, who also chairs the Department Board where the graduate students have a representative. Ola Olsson is Deputy Head of Department and responsible for the doctoral programme. Ann-Christin Räätäri Nyström is responsible for the administration of the programme.

Board of Research and Third-Cycle Education

The purpose of the Board of Research and Third-Cycle Education is to ensure that the Department’s research and third-cycle programmes maintain high quality in an international perspective. The Board prepares matters concerning for example admission of students to postgraduate studies in economics, appointments of supervisors and the establishment of individual study plans. It is also expected to further the Department’s research by supporting staff members’ career development, establishing principles for co-funding of research projects and compiling and presenting the Department’s scientific work.

Contact: The Board of Research and Third-Cycle Education is convened by Ann-Christin Räätäri Nyström, tel. 46 (0)31-786 5302, email: ann-christin.raatari.nystrom@economics.gu.se


The department is located at Vasagatan 1 (E-building, floor 5 and 6, D-building, floor 5 and 6). The workplaces are equipped with computer, network facilities and telephones. The head of department is responsible for decisions concerning the allocation of offices/workplaces.




Page Manager: Ann-Christin Räätäri Nyström|Last update: 12/1/2017

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