Doctoral Programme in Economics (4 years)

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Degree level
Doctoral degree
Start semester
2019 Spring
Scope of studies and length
--- ECTS credits, 4 years
Language of instruction
English, Finnish, Swedish
Tuition fee per year (only non-EU/EEA citizens)
0 €
Application period
14.9.2018 - 27.9.2018

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Graduates from the doctoral programme have profound field-specific competence. They are skilled at critical thinking, argumentation and problem-solving. Moreover, the graduates have an independent identity as researchers and experts as well as extensive scientific communication skills.

Graduates from the Doctoral Programme in Economics have the following field-specific skills:

  • A profound knowledge of economic theory and the concepts and methods of econometrics
  • Knowledge of economic literature
  • The ability to examine economic phenomena using scientific methods
  • The ability to communicate and interpret economic results
  • The ability to assess and systematically improve personal scientific competence

The learning content of the Doctoral Programme in Economics has been designed in accordance with the highest international standards in the field in order to:

  • Support recruitment in the international academic labour market
  • Specifically link the programme to the research study track of the Master’s Programme in Economics

Doctoral courses are primarily taught in English. Students may complete their dissertation in English, Finnish or Swedish.

Economic research requires diverse methodological and theoretical competence.

The Doctoral Programme in Economics has been organised in accordance with international practices:

  • Together with the research study track of the Master’s Programme in Economics, the programme forms a scheme that covers the key areas of competence in the field of modern economics:
    • The basic courses in micro- and macroeconomics and econometrics focus on economic theory and empirical methods.
    • Special courses examine research themes in the relevant fields of specialisation.
  • Optimal dissertation work has an international impact.
  • Students complete their studies in close cooperation with the researcher community of the field.
    • Research and teaching take place at the Helsinki Center of Economic Research (HECER), which is the joint economics unit of the University of Helsinki, Aalto University and the Hanken School of Economics.
    • Research results are regularly presented in FDPE (Finnish Doctoral Programme in Economics) seminars.

Students can complete a doctoral degree in four years of full-time study. Students can choose to complete their doctoral degree through full-time or part-time study. The degree includes:

  • A personal study plan
  • Field-specific studies (30 cr), including research ethics
  • General competence studies (10 cr), e.g. university pedagogy, leadership, management, negotiation and project skills and scientific communication
  • International mobility, e.g., research cooperation or participation in international conferences
  • A doctoral dissertation

A doctoral dissertation consists of peer-reviewed scholarly publications or manuscripts accepted for publication, as well as a summarising report (an article-based dissertation); or, a doctoral dissertation is a scholarly work in the name of the doctoral candidate alone and based on previously unpublished research results (a monograph). A dissertation may also be another body of work that fulfils the relevant scientific criteria, if the author’s independent contribution can be demonstrated.

A doctoral dissertation

  • Includes new scientific knowledge
  • Demonstrates the doctoral candidate’s skills for critical thinking
  • Demonstrates profound knowledge of the field of research
  • Demonstrates a good command of and the ability to apply research methods
  • Is scientifically convincing
  • Includes justified results
  • Demonstrates scientific integrity and adheres to the norms of ethical research

The Doctoral Programme in Economics prepares students for positions requiring pre-eminent economic expertise in universities, research institutes, international organisations, financial institutions and the public sector.

  • The programme is taught in English.  
  • Our teaching complies with international standards.
  • Approximately 40% of our students come from abroad and we have international teachers every year.
  • Students typically visit a foreign university in their second or third year.
  • Students have the opportunity to present their work in at least one international conference annually.
  • Dissertation research should aim to be fit for publication in JUFO-classified international publication series.

The programme is implemented in cooperation with the relevant players in the employment sector, including research institutions and the Bank of Finland. Cooperation includes

  • Shared supervision duties
  • Joint materials
  • Joint research seminars and course­s

We support the employment of doctoral graduates by providing, for example, training targeted at finding employment in the international labour market.
General transferable skills courses support the development of career skills.

Micro- and macroeconomics and econometrics focus on economic theory and empirical methods.

How to apply
Below you’ll find a link to the entry requirements for this programme. The application period to our international programmes is in December every year.

Doctoral programmes

The doctoral candidates at the University of Helsinki are supervised by top-class researchers, and carry out their research as part of an international academic community. The University of Helsinki is the only Finnish university in the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and a member of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education.

Doctoral education is offered in research- and researcher-oriented doctoral programmes. Each of the 32 doctoral programmes belong to one of the University’s four doctoral schools. The doctoral schools are in charge of coordinating the totality of doctoral programmes in their field as well as developing the overall quality of doctoral education. In addition, they are responsible for the offerings in transferable skills courses.

Most of the doctoral programmes are joined programmes offered by different Faculties. In these programmes the doctoral candidates can pursue a doctoral degree offered by any of the participating Faculties.

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