Department of Economics

Lund University School of Economics and Management


The application process for the PhD programme starting in the autumn will be opened in December the year before.

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).

Results from Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are not required, but especially applicants from outside the EU are strongly recommended to include test results from either of these tests. 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

Financial Support

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 sufficient to pay for the students' consumption needs (housing, board, books, etc.) during the entire period of study.



Applications for the PhD programme in 2023 will open in December 2022




Forms to be included in the application

These forms should be downloaded and saved on to your computer before filling them in.

Complementary Information (PDF)

Form for Recommendations (PDF) (to be filled in by the one giving the reference)