Good news from Uppsala: after the end of the year, there will be only one PhD student in archaeology left in that august academic city. This is the result of a simple reform enacted ten years ago by Minister for Education Carl Tham: since that date, no student may enter a PhD program at a Swedish university unless she has funding. The reform was a non-event in well-funded economically productive subjects, but it hit the humanities like a bomb. PhD student seminars started to melt away as people graduated or gave up.
But, as I said: good news. It’s neither in the best interest of students nor of the tax payers that the education system produce a lot of over-qualified bus drivers with PhDs in obscure subjects.
Now, if we could just limit the availability of archaeology MAs severely as well, our labour market might actually reappear.