PhD education

Last changed: 09 August 2019

The Department of Forest Economics at SLU offers a graduate program in economics that may lead to a Licentiate or a Doctoral degree. Additionally, the Department offers several classes each year. Current courses displayed below.

Learn more about the SLU guidelines for doctoral education.

The graduate program offers students with an undergraduate degree; A Licentiate and/or a Doctoral degree. The licentiate degree corresponds to two years full-time study (120 ECTS) consisting of courses (45-60 ECTS) and thesis. The doctoral degree program corresponds to four years full-time study (240 ECTS), consisting of courses (90-120 ECTS) and thesis.

From their first day on PhD candidates are encouraged to start writing: ideas, proposals and research plans which eventually will turn into a thesis. Courses are generally concentrated at the beginning of the program while the last years are generally focused on writing the thesis.

A number of core courses are required by PhD regulation, but the specific courses to be taken by each PhD student will be tailored to their specific needs. Courses are partially offered in cooperation with other institutes and Umeå University. PhD students at the Department of forest economics are part of the Research school Ecology and Society (ECOS). More information on different courses can be found below. 

Students can choose to apply for a licentiate and/or a doctoral degree when they meet the requirements.

Becoming part of the graduate program

Possible positions are listed at Jobs and Vacancies at SLU (Lediga anställningar vid SLU). The general admission process at SLU and other information on doctoral education can be found on the university wide postgradual education website.

If you are a student with funding of your own and not in need of financial support from the Department, you can submit an application all year round. The application must consist of:

  • certificate of financial support,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • university transcripts,
  • a preliminary research plan (1-2 pages) describing the proposed research area as well as a plan for how the research will be conducted,
  • scientific writing (e.g. undergraduate thesis), and
  • contact details of at least two references.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree issued in a language other than Swedish or English from a non-Swedish university are required to also submit a certificate of the results from an internationally recognized test in English. Minimum score required is 550p for TOEFL and 6.0 for IELTS.


Responsible for graduate education

Camilla Widmark,, +46907868596, +46702929018

After the application deadline, you will receive an email from the responsible lecturer informing about acceptance to the course and more specific information regarding the course.

For questions regarding a specific course, please contact the responsible lecturer for that course.

For general questions regarding applications, studying in Umeå/Uppsala or similar, please contact the person responsible for PhD education at the Department (above).


Department courses

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