The PhD programme in social work is at present only taught in Swedish and covers four years of full-time study which lead to a doctoral degree. The programme includes courses as well as the writing of a supervised thesis. It is also possible to obtain a licentiate degree, comprising two years of full-time study.
Admission of doctoral students takes place every other year and, in individual cases, after announcement of a vacancy for a doctoral position in a specific research project. Applications are accepted only following a vacancy announcement. All admitted PhD students receive a salary so there is no need to apply for scholarships. There is no need to contact potential supervisors in advance. All PhD position vacancies are announced on the university website.
At present, around 20 doctoral students are actively involved in research studies and each year around four or five students obtain their PhD degrees.