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 of the year before. We announce the admissions decisions during the first half of March. Over the last years, we have admitted 5-9 students each year.

Requirements for Admission

To be accepted to the PhD programme, students must either have completed a Master’s 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.

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 taught in English.

Financial Support

Tuition is free of charge. The Department provides financial support by appointment as a graduate student (doktorandanställning). Students are generally expected to participate in departmental work (e.g. teaching) for up to 20% of the time from the second year of studies 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 2024 will open in December 2023




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)