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.
EU Research and Information Service
- EURAXESS information
Portal for information and practical assistance for researchers moving to Sweden
The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
- Swedish Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
- Swedish Research Council
- Vinnova — Sweden’s Innovation Agency
An organisation that integrates research and development in technology, transport and working life
- Handbook for International Researchers
Handbook for international researchers at Stockholm University