The PhD 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 PhD candidate is employed to fulfill the requirements of the PhD programme, and is also expected to contribute and take active part in the research environment at the School of Social Work. Candidates 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 on 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 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.