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PhD Program in Economics
The 240 ECTS credits of the Program are divided into a course component (105 ECTS), and a dissertation component (135 ECTS). The core courses (60 ECTS) of the Stockholm Doctoral Course Program in Economics, Econometrics and Finance (SDPE) are compulsory and should be completed in your first year of study. Mandatory courses cover mathematics, microeconomics, macro economics, mathematical statistics and econometrics.
In the second year you can choose from a large selection of elective courses (45 ECTS). In the beginning of your second year of study, you find a subject field for your dissertation and decide on an SSE faculty member for your supervisor; you will be conducting dissertation research in your final two to three years. Research from SSE PhD dissertations is frequently published in leading journals, with the Journal of Finance and the Quarterly Journal of Economics as recent examples.
Exams and Course Periods
Participants are automatically registered for the final exam after a course.
Please deregister if you do not take the exam.
Registration for retake exams is required well in advance and by email to the course administrator.
EXAM PERIODS FOR 2017/2018
Q1: Occtober 20 - 27, 2017
Q2: January 8 - 19, 2018
Q3: March 19-23, 2018
Q4: May 25 - June 8, 2018 (SSE); June 3, 2018 (SU).
Retake exams for Math I and Micro I: January 2018
Retake exams for all other 1st year courses and all 2nd year courses are offered, if needed, in August 2018.
COURSE PERIODS 2017/18
Q1: August 28 - October 20
Q2: October 30 - December 22
Q3: January 22 - March 16
Q4: March 26 - May 23
LAST DAY OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018:
June 8, 2018 at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE)
June 3, 2018 at Stockholm University (SU)
Seminars constitute an important part of the PhD programs. These provide students with insights into current research and give students and faculty opportunities to present and discuss ongoing research. From the second year students are to expected to regularly attend seminar series. In addition, there are reading groups and informal workshops organized in some subjects.
The PhD Thesis
During the beginning of the second year students should find a subject field for their thesis and decide on a thesis advisor. While the course program is joint with Stockholm University, the main advisor must be a faculty member at the SSE. It is the responsibility of the thesis advisor to, together with the student, arrange for external funding for years 3-5 (all PhD students are expected to be on external funding years 3-5). While most of the work on the thesis is expected to be carried out in years 3-5, it is important to start working on the thesis as soon as possible during the second year.
A thesis typically consists of several essays in one or several fields of economics. Essays may be single-authored or co-authored with fellow students or faculty. A benchmark is that the number of essays should be equivalent to three single-authored essays. The essays are expected to be well suited for publication in international scientific journals - the main channel for communication of research results. Thesis work in progress is presented and discussed at the informal lunch workshop.
The completed PhD thesis is made available to the interested public and is discussed in a public dissertation seminar. At this seminar, an invited outside discussant first presents the thesis work to the audience. The discussant then poses a few questions to the PhD candidate about the thesis and the audience is invited to pose questions as well. This is an old tradition in Swedish academic life. After the seminar, a committee consisting of at least three professors decides whether the thesis will pass.
Teaching experience is an integral part of the PhD Program in Economics, and you are strongly encouraged to do some teaching from the second year. Successful completion of teaching entitles you to a fifth year in the program. Many PhD students spend one or two semesters visiting other leading universities in the US and Europe. SSE is also a member of the European Network for Training in Economic Research (ENTER) together with other prominent economics departments in Europe.
You are provided with an office from start of the PhD program. With a location in central Stockholm many find SSE a great place to work and study!