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How to apply to Doctoral studies at the Department of Economic History

The number of new positions each year at the department depends on the amount of funding available. This means that the positions commonly are related to specific research projects. Depending on the funding decisions, there can be two rounds of calls, one in late April to early May, and one in late May to early June.

Admission to the PhD programme requires a Master’s degree in Economic History or related subjects (e.g. economics or history), or another degree consisting of 240 credit points (ECTS) of which at least 60 credit points must be at advanced level. The degree must include a thesis of at least 15 credit points. The selection of candidates is based on the applicant’s ability to benefit from the programme.

The selection criteria are the breadth, depth, relevance, and independence of the applicant’s earlier work, as well as the applicant’s ability to work independently and participate actively in the research environment. The quality of the degree project is of special importance.

The application should include:

  • records of first- and second-cycle studies (transcripts of courses and grades)
  • first- and second-cycle theses/degree projects
  • a list of other relevant administrative and educational qualifications
  • scholarly journal articles, reports or papers of relevance for the subject
  • where applicable, documented skills in a language of relevance for the research studies
  • project proposal and/or personal letter (ca 3 pages, including references). Please note that all postions have different assessments.