PhD Studies

Admission to Postgraduate Studies

Several requirements must be fulfilled in order to be admitted to postgraduate (third-cycle) studies at the Faculties of Humanities and Theology. The general entry requirements are a second-cycle (Master’s) degree, with courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 must be second-cycle (Master’s) credits, or equivalent qualifications, obtained in Sweden or another country. Specific eligibility requirements are defined by the Faculty Board in the study plan for each subject or area of study.

Prospective students must also have a source of financing for admission to postgraduate studies. This means a doctoral grant or a doctoral studentship (a paid position) or another form of financing deemed by the Faculty Board to be guaranteed for the whole period of postgraduate studies. Students applying for admission to postgraduate studies who do not have a doctoral grant or a doctoral studentship must submit a financing plan for 4 years of full-time studies or 8 years of part-time studies (2 years of full-time studies or 4 years of part-time studies for a licentiate degree) together with their application. Proof that the financing plan is realistic, for example a copy of the decision from the financier, employer, etc., must be appended to the plan.

Doctoral grants and doctoral studentships financed by the Faculties of Humanities and Theology are announced once a year, normally in February. The period of application is at least 4 weeks. Students with other sources of funding who wish to be considered for postgraduate studies should submit their applications at this time, so that all applications can be assessed together.

Applications are to be made on a specific form, regardless of the kind of financing. Information on where applications are to be sent is given in the announcements of doctoral grants and doctoral studentships.

The following are to be included in the application:

  • documentation of first- and second-cycle studies
  • papers/degree projects from first- and second-cycle studies
  • a list of other relevant pedagogical and/or administrative qualifications
  • scientific articles, reports, papers and lectures of relevance to the subject in question
  • when appropriate, documentation of language proficiency relevant to postgraduate studies
  • an individual study plan (for those already admitted)
  • a statement giving the reasons for applying to postgraduate studies, and a description of the subject and the intended project (no more than 1500 words).

Decisions regarding admission and the allocation of doctoral grants/studentships are taken by the Dean of the Joint Faculties, following recommendations from the Postgraduate Studies Committee based on rankings made by the relevant departments.

The ability of each applicant to successfully complete postgraduate studies is assessed by representatives of the department, based on the material included in the application. Personal suitability and the progress made in previous studies are also taken into consideration. In cases when applicants have similar qualifications, they may be invited to an interview.