I studied the Master's Programme in Economics at the Department of Economics.

Questions and answers

Question:

This is Romana from Bangladesh. I am graduate in economics. Which type of documents are needed here to take admission the masters programme in Economics?

Answer:

Hello Romana,

In order to apply for the masters programme in Economics at Stockholm University, you need to upload documents regarding your previous studies to the Swedish University Admission site, https://www.universityadmissions.se. As they explain it, you need to include the following five things in your application: 

1. Certificates and diplomas of your completed degree(s) from your country/countries of study. The universities where you studied must be internationally recognised higher education institutions

2. Transcripts of completed courses and grades for each semester included in your degree. If you have had courses credited/transferred from previous studies, you must also submit official transcripts for those courses.

3. Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL test for example)

4. Proof that you meet the specific entry requirements (for the masters programme in economics at Stockholm University the specific entry requirements are "Bachelor's Degree including 60 ECTS credits in Economics, of which 30 ECTS credits should be at least at an intermediate level. English B/English 6 (Swedish upper secondary school course) or equivalent..")

5. In order to speed up the processing of your application, they also require a copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photograph, or some other identification document.

More information regarding what to include you can find here: https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-you-need-to-know1/Applying-for-studies/Documenting-your-eligibility-for-studies/Instructions-for-Masters-applicants/What-do-I-need-to-submit/.

Remember that if you want to apply to the programme starting autumn 2019, you need to apply before January 15th! :)

Kind regards,

Hulda

 

Question:

Dear Hulda,

Warm greetings from Uzbekistan, how are you doing? I hope everyhting is well! My name is Farrukh and I am interested in master's degree in Economics. I would like to know more about which documents I need to apply, tuition fees, GMAT scores, GPA standard scores, scholarships, living costs and etc. I really hope, you will share your experience and give me some wonderful recommendations.

With best regards,
Farrukh

Answer:

Hello Farrukh,

I'm doing well, thank you. Great that you're interested in studying the masters programme in Economics at Stockholm University, I can highly recoomend it!

Everyone who wants to apply to a Swedish university programme needs to do so through the Swedish University Admissions platform: https://www.universityadmissions.se/intl/start. In case you're planning on applying for the masters programme starting in 2019 you will have to apply before January 15th 2019 (this date can vary between years). The only documents you need to upload together with your application are your ECTS credits (previous studies). More information on which documents these are and how to send them in you can find here: https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-you-need-to-know1/Applying-for-studies/Documenting-your-eligibility-for-studies/Instructions-for-Masters-applicants/.

To be eligible, you need to have attained a Bachelor's Degree including 60 ECTS credits in Economics, of which 30 ECTS credits should be at least at an intermediate level. English B/English 6 or equivalent -  You must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by taking an internationally recognised test, such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc.  Previous upper secondary studies or university studies completed in some countries can also meet the requirement.

You don't need to finnish a GMAT test for the Master in Economics. If you, however, would like to apply to for example Master in Banking and Finance, you will need to do GMAT. The selection to who gets accepted into the program is based on your grades of academic courses and the relevance of previous studies in relation to the master's programme.The higher grades you've earned and the more relevant courses you've taken the higher probability it is for you to get accepted into the programme.

The first payment for the Master's program in Economics is 45.000 SEK and the total tuition fee is 180.000 SEK for students from outside the EU/EES. Stockholm University has a scholarship for the tuition fees, for questions regarding how to apply you can send an email to tuitionfeescholarship@su.se. They don't have any scholarship for living costs. The Swedish Institute does, however, have a scholarship you can apply for covering both tuition fees and living costs. More information on that you can find here: http://studyinsweden.se/Scholarships/. I didn't apply for scholarships myself, but was working part time during my master's programme and took a student loan as well. So I don't really know more details on how the application for the scholarships work.

You can ask tuitionfeescholarship@su.se as well how it works with housing because I know that some international master students that get a scholarship also are able to get help with housing through the university. Otherwise all students need to find their own housing. I reccommend that you sign up at www.sssb.se directly when you apply for the programme, it is a website for student accommodation in Stockholm. Otherwise you can also find rooms for rent at www.akademiskkvart.se/ or www.blocket.se (just be aware of scammers!). Living is quite expensive in Stockholm, rent for a room is approximately 4.000-6.000 SEK per month (can be less or more!). I would say that you should at least reserve 10.000 SEK per month for living costs (housing, food, etc.). That's approximately what the Swedish students get per month (loan and contribution) from the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN).

In case you still have some questions unanswered, you can find most information you need regarding how to apply here: https://www.ne.su.se/english/education/2.3645/master-s-programme-in-economics/application-and-registration/application-and-registration-1.19649.

Long answer, but I hope I answered all your questions!

/Hulda

 

Question: 

Hello, I am Ali Abbas from Karachi, Pakistan, I have MBA and Professional Accounting Qualification and now pursuing my M.A Economics. I intend to do PhD in economics in Sweden (Stockholm School of Economics), could you tell me regarding full scholarship and resident permit? Thank you. Ali

Answer:
 
Hello Ali,

Firstly, I have not myself used the scholarship or had to apply for a resident permit as I am from a Nordic country, but I have searched information and hope that my findings can help you. Secondly I have not done a PhD, but masters, and I studied at Stockholm Univeristy and not Stockholm School of Economics, so I cannot guarantee my answers will fully cover the information you need. Therefore my suggestion is that you will do your own search after my answer here if some of the questions are still unanswered.

If you get accepted as a PhD student or a researcher at Stockholm University you can apply for scholarships from the university’s scholarship trusts. Scholarships from various donation funds are announced in the middle of March every year, travel grants from the Wallenberg Trust at the end of August and travel scholarships from the Liljevalch/Augustinsson scholarship funds at the end of January. Application forms are released in connection with the announcement. If you have more questions regarding scholarships, you should contact stipendier@su.se. You find more information here: 

https://www.su.se/english/research/phd-studies/scholarships.

The PhD program in economics at Stockholm Univeristiy is a joint program with Stockholm School of Economics. This joint program is called the Stockholm Doctoral Course Programme in Economics, Econometrics and Finance, SDPE. So you can apply either at Stockholm School of Economics or Stockholm Univeristy and you will be able to apply for the same courses. You can find more information about the PhD program in economics here: 

https://www.ne.su.se/english/education/2.3646.

Regarding the resident permit, if you get accepted to the program you can apply for a residence permit for doctoral studies at Migrationsverket, more information here: 

https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden/Universities-and-university-college.html.

Hope that answered your questions!

Kind regards,

Hulda

 

Question:

Hulda, being an economics student, could you tell me is there any chance of big economic crisis in Sweden after years? 

Answer: 

Hello Ali,

That is a good question with no way to know for sure, and I am certainly not an expert on the matter, but there are discussion both for and against an economic downturn. The housing prices are for example declining, and the weaker residential investment will likely drag on economic activity, while elevated household debt poses a downside risk, see for example https://www.focus-economics.com/countries/sweden. The forecasts show a slight decrease in the GDP growth in coming years, from being approximately 2.4% in 2018 to 1.9% in 2020 and 1.8% in 2022, see for example the Swedish National Institute of Economic Research (NIER/Konjunkturinstitutet): https://www.konj.se/english/publications/swedish-economy-report.html. There is still a political incertainty in Sweden as the country remains without a new government since the election on September 9th. However, this political uncertainty is unlikely to have meaningful impact on economic activity in the country, see for example. So there are some signs of a economic downturn in the future, but this is not very likely to happen in near future. 

Kind regards,

Hulda

 

Question: 

Hi, I'm a post graduate in Economics from India is it possible to do a PhD in Stockholm University directly or do I have to do a master first? Afla

Answer: 

Hello Afla,

I have not done PhD myself but I know that in order to apply for a PhD at Stockholm Univerisity you need to have finished a bachelor degree and at least one year of masters studies (or equivalent), whereof at least 90 ECTS are in economics. You can find more information about what is required and how to apply through the following link: 

https://www.ne.su.se/english/education/2.3646/application-and-admission-1.17144. So I believe that in case you have finished at least one year of your post-graduate studies, and otherwise do fulfill the remaining requirements mentioned in the link above, you should be eligible to apply for a PhD in economics at Stockholm University. But in order to be sure, please look up more information through the link. Hope that answered your question!

Kind regards,

Hulda