Finnish Doctoral Programme in Economics - FDPE

The Finnish Doctoral Programme in Economics (FDPE) is a cooperative arrangement between the economics disciplines of 9 participating universities in Finland. FDPE promotes high-quality doctoral education in economics by providing all doctoral students in economics with access to all the doctoral level courses organized by Finnish universities.

The Finnish Doctoral Programme in Economics (FDPE), launched in 1990, serves as a cooperative platform between the universities that facilitates cross-institutional participation in teaching activities. The objective of the FDPE is to bring all the doctoral level economics courses organized by member universities available to doctoral economics students in Finland. Towards this end, the FDPE:

  • gathers and disseminates information concerning doctoral level teaching activities in Finland,
  • supports cross-institutional participation in teaching, and
  • coordinates and finances organizing special courses

The individual departments are, however, the basic units of education, organizing and grading the courses according to their standards.

Read more about FDPE here.

Links lead to the home pages of the economics disciplines/departments/faculties of the participating universities:

Supervisory Board (2022-2024)

  • Professor Jarkko Harju (University of Tampere)
  • Professor Kari Heimonen (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Professor Edvard Johansson (Åbo Akademi University), chairman of the board
  • Professor Mika Kortelainen (University of Turku)
  • Professor Topi Miettinen (Hanken School of Economics), vice-chairman of the board
  • Professor Niku Määttänen (University of Helsinki)
  • Professor Hannu Piekkola (University of Vaasa)
  • Professor Jaakko Simonen (University of Oulu)
  • Professor Juuso Välimäki (Aalto University)

Steering Committee

  • Professor Jarkko Harju (University of Tampere)
  • Professor Edvard Johansson (Åbo Akademi University), chairman of the board
  • Professor Mika Kortelainen (University of Turku)
  • Professor Topi Miettinen (Hanken School of Economics), vice-chairman of the board

FDPE does not organize the courses itself but is a cooperative initiative of the economics disciplines of the 9 participating universities to guarantee wide access of Finnish students to the nationwide economics education. As a general rule, all students of the member universities participating in doctoral level education in economics are eligible to enroll. However, depending on the organizing universities' constraints, in some courses additional restrictions may apply.

Courses available to FDPE students are listed here:

For more information on course admissions, credit transfer, and study materials, please visit the Helsinki GSE webpages:

While the degree requirements may have university-specific characteristics, they typically contain the following common elements: core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, and student-specific field courses in various areas of economics.

The objective of the core courses is to draw a comprehensive and cohesive picture of the approaches and results of contemporary economics. Field and special courses dig deeper into specific themes, providing students with access to the academic frontier.

The main purpose of the PhD workshops is to offer the doctoral students opportunities to present their research and research proposals and to get prepared comments from a Finnish expert on the research field.

Helsinki GSE research groups are responsible for organizing most of the workshops. PhD Workshops available to FDPE students are listed here:

Research Workshop in Finance is organized by the Graduate School of Finance (GSF). Please follow the GSF website to find information on the current and upcoming workshops in finance.

FDPE students are also welcome to participate in the Helsinki GSE research seminars!

FDPE administration is supported by the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics.

Please contact Jenni Rytkönen for FDPE related matters.

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