The program consists of a total of 240 credits (60 credits per year) of which 105 credits are taken as courses and 135 credits consist of a thesis.
A total of 60 course credits must be in core subjects which includes microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, econometrics, and mathematical economics. The remaining course credits are in thesis-specific courses given by the Luleå University of Technology or other universities.
Some advanced courses completed in a two-year masters' program can be credited in the PhD degree, after a supplementary examination or research oriented assignment.
All courses in the Graduate Program are given in English.
The research focus of the economics group is in natural resource, environmental and energy economics, and PhD students normally write their theses within one or several of these fields. The PhD thesis is usually written as a collection of separate papers together with an introduction. These papers should either have been published in a refereed international journal, or they should have a format and quality that makes them publishable in such a forum. The thesis usually consists of three papers if they are all single-authored, while the number increases if more than one paper is co-authored. At least one paper must be single-authored. All theses are publicly discussed and defended.
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 or at least 15 credits must be independent thesis work.
Tuition is free of charge. The Economics Unit provides financial support by way of appointment as a graduate student (doctoral student). Students are generally expected to participate in departmental work (eg teaching) for up to 20% of the time from the second year of studies and onwards.