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Doctoral programme

PhD studies at the School of Social Work

The doctoral programme consists of four years of full-time study. The programme leading to a doctoral degree comprises a total of 240 credits divided into a course component of 75 credits and an academic thesis of 165 credits. The education is completed with the public defense of the doctoral thesis.

A doctoral student is employed to fulfill the requirements of the doctoral programme, and is also expected to contribute and take active part in the research environment at the School of Social Work. Doctoral students may teach or do administrative work up to 20% of the employment, also depending on the department’s requirements. Swedish as well as English are used as languages in the programme, during courses, seminars and meetings.

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 doctoral students receive a salary so there is no need to apply for scholarships. There is no need to contact potential supervisors in advance. All doctoral position vacancies are announced on the university website.
We recommend that you visit this site regularly if you are interested in the doctoral programme.

At present, about 20 doctoral students are actively involved in research studies and each year around four or five students obtain their doctoral degrees.

Reading courses

These are reading courses specially designed for the doctoral programme:

Reading courses, in Swedish.


Kristina Göransson
Director of doctoral studies

Quick guide to PhD seminars

A quick guide for supervisor and doctoral student on planning seminars. Note that other routines apply to the final seminar, see the Handbook for Research Studies.

Quick guide to PhD seminars (PDF, 140 kB)