Department of Economic History

Lund University School of Economics and Management

About the PhD program in Economic History

Program structure

The program corresponds to 240 credit points (four years of full-time study), and consists of one course component (75 credit points) and a doctoral dissertation (165 credit points). Normally the mandatory courses are taken during the first year.

A. Mandatory (45 credit points):
- Foundations of Economic History (15 credit points)
- Designing a PhD dissertation (7.5 credit points)
- Research Seminar (7.5 credit points)
- Quantitative Methods (7.5 credit points)
- Theory of Science (7.5 credit points)

B. Optional (30 credit points)
The selection of optional courses is regulated in the individual study plan and in accordance with the specialization of the candidate. Advanced level courses may be transferred to the PhD level after individual assessment and consultation with the supervisor and the director of the PhD program.

PhD dissertation
The dissertation documents the ability to formulate and analyze a scientifically relevant research issue. It can be presented in a monograph or as a collection of essays. The department guidelines describe in detail the structure of each type of dissertation. The dissertation is defended at a public seminar with an external evaluator acting as discussant and evaluated by a grading committee.