Doctoral School in Economics and Finance

The DSEF PhD programme is offered jointly by the Department of Economics (CREA) and the Luxembourg School of Finance (LSF).

The Ph.D. combines research work and customised courses, enabling the Ph.D. student to acquire advanced academic knowledge and a range of generic skills. The DSEF programme offers specific courses for PhD student. Each PhD students must complete a certain number of courses and obtain 20 ECTS (of which 5 transferable skills) at the end of his term. 

The time allotted for preparing a doctoral thesis is three years, including the PhD defense.  An extension may be granted, for a maximum of one additional year, by special dispensation from the University President.

The Ph.D. is the first step in your academic career, whether you intend to pursue research in the academic world or in industry.  Your original academic work will constitute your Ph.D.  thesis (dissertation).  Your research will end with the writing and the oral presentation of your dissertation. Your progress will be assessed regularly by a supervisory committee which will include your dissertation supervisor. Specific information regarding PhD defence (constitution and composition of the exam panel as well as the examination method) is stipulated in the Grand-Ducal Regulation of 22 May 2006. The applicable defence procedure is specified in the University by-laws (Reglement d’Ordre Intérieur).