Application and admission

Application for the academic year 2023/2024 is now closed.

All applications must be uploaded through the link to the application site. No application by e-mail will be considered. Decisions about admissions are made in March/April and applicants are notified at the latest in April. We admit about 12 students each year. The program starts at the end of August or in the beginning of September.

Deadline for application is on January 31 each year, Swedish time!

More information about our PhD programme

Students with an interest in Finance are recommended to also apply to the PhD in Finance, offered by Stockholm Business School. This program allows students to follow essentially the same course program as in Economics:

Doctoral Programme in Finance

Furthermore, a special track in Money and Finance is offered to students in both the Economics and the Finance programs through the Center for Monetary Policy and Financial Stability:



In order to meet the general entry requirements, you must either have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, according to the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Economics, you  must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have at least 90 ECTS credits (three semesters of full-time study) in economics, or equivalent knowledge.
  • You must have written a thesis in economics amounting to at least 15 ECTS credits. If the thesis is not written in English, please also submit a short summary in English in addition to the thesis.
  • You must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. The certificate must not be older than three years. This is mandatory for all applicants!
  • If you do not have Swedish or English as your native language, you must show proficiency in English in order to be considered for admission. We recommend you to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

Although not required a good background in mathematics or/and statistics is often helpful for successful completion of a PhD in economics. 


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) GRE is mandatory for all applicants!

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

"The TOEFL Study Guide". The guide provides learners with information on how to integrate reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in order to construct effective answers that demonstrate university-level English proficiency.

English test (IELTS)

Please have ETS send your scores to our department. The codes for the Department of Economics, Stockholm University:

Institution code = 0008
Department code = 1801


A complete application includes:

  • Cover letter. A concise statement concerning your plans for PhD studies, your career objectives, and what makes you suitable for graduate studies.
  • Curriculum vitae. Degrees and other completed courses and work experience.
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (maximum 6 files).
  • The BA or master's thesis and/or other research papers (no more than 6 files)
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test, not older than three years

(The application form for Stockholm University donation scholarship will be sent to admitted students in april).

Referees (maximum 2 persons)

  • Letter of recommendation from teachers or other people capable of judging the professional and academic promise of you. It is suggested that the advisor for the undergraduate thesis writes one of these letters.
  • The referees will receive a link when the applicant submit the application.

Most accepted applicants have a master's degree with at least honours on their master's thesis. They usually also have exceptionally good marks. Out of about 200 applications each year we accept about 12 students.

We aim to increase the share of women in our programme and for that reason particularly want to encourage female candidates to apply.


There are no tuition fees. Stockholm University provides four years of full-time financing.

The financing we provide may be a combination of tax-free scholarships, taxable scholarships and time limited university employment. We also actively help students to get external scholarships and research grants.

The entrance salary is around 20.000 SEK per month net of tax and then follows the wage ladder set by negotiations between the employer and the union.


Our program is organised for students to take the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (fil dr).

We also offer a licentiate degree (fil lic), which is a lower post-graduate degree well beyond a master's degree, which takes approximately two years including thesis work. Note that there is no separate fil lic program and that we do not accept students to take the fil lic degree only. Instead the fil lic is a step towards the PhD.

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