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PhD level – how to apply

How to apply for doctoral studies in Sweden.

For general information about PhD/doctoral studies in Sweden, see Basic information – PhD studies.

Applying for PhD studies

In Sweden, admission to PhD programmes is handled by each university individually. Universities list PhD positions on their websites, usually along with other academic job vacancies. Check the websites of the universities you are interested in to find out more about their procedures for applying for PhD studies and to find available positions. Some departments have fixed application dates, while others admit students on an ongoing basis.

Generally speaking, to be admitted to a PhD programme, you must:

  • Hold a university degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher with a focus in the same subject as the intended field of study. In most cases, a master’s degree is required. Previous studies must have included a degree thesis presenting the results of independent research.
  • Have a good command of English. Skills in Swedish are also important in some subjects where lectures and seminars are conducted in Swedish.

Further specific admission requirements are set by the department that has advertised the position.

To find contact details for Swedish universities, see Universities.

Useful links

PhD postings

General information

Handbook for postgraduate students

The Swedish Council for Higher Education's guide for PhD students.

PhD programmes

Launch your research career with a PhD from Sweden.

Residence permits and visas

Find out the rules for residence permits and visas for citizens of your country.

Life in Sweden

Sweden is an open, multicultural society with a long tradition of welcoming international students.