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Third-cycle programme.

In order to be accepted to a Swedish Ph.D. program, four years of financing has to be assured beforehand. After that, an application is usually sent to the main registrar's office at Linnæus University.

A Swedish Ph.D. is expected to take four years to achieve, or five years if the student chooses to take part in lecturing at 20% of her or his time. It is mandatory for each Ph.D. student to have one main supervisor (being at least an associate professor), one additional supervisor (having at least a Ph.D. degree) and one examiner (being at least an associate professor), although. Supervisors and examiner can be changed during the process if the Ph.D. student so wishes. In total, the Ph.D. program consists of 240 credits, in terms of two major parts, of which one consists of course work (105 credits) and the other of the thesis itself (135 credits).

Mandatory courses

The course work consists of several mandatory courses (in total 45 credits) as well as courses, which are chosen by the Ph.D. student. The purpose of these mandatory courses is to give the Ph.D. student a good understanding of methodological issues as well as writing texts and defending or discussing them during seminars in combination with learning to take part in the scientific discourse. The mandatory courses are:

  • Science of philosophy for Ph.D. students (7,5 credits)
  • Methodology and method, at least 7,5 credits qualitative and at least 7,5 credits qualitative (30 credits)
  • Active seminar participation (7,5 credits)

Research seminars

Writing the thesis is done with the support of the supervisors. However, the examiner takes a more active part at the seminars. It is mandatory for the Ph.D. student to present her or his on-going research at five seminars. The research seminars are:

  • Research proposal seminar, containing a research proposal in order to determine the viability of the research interest and thesis purpose (after one-two semesters)
  • Middle seminar, containing half of a thesis and usually a tentative description of empirical data as well as possible venues for analysis (after four-five semesters)
  • Final seminar, containing an almost finished doctoral thesis (after six-seven semesters)
  • Dissertation defense, that is the official defense of the Ph.D. student's thesis (after eight semesters)


The thesis shall be based on independent research and be of importance for research in the chosen subject area. It is further officially mandated that the Ph.D. student shall...

Knowledge and understanding broad knowledge and systematic understanding of the research area as well as deep and current specialist knowledge within a limited part of the research area, and familiarity with scientific methodology in general and the methods of the
specific research area in specific.

Skills and ability ability of scientific analysis and synthesis as well as of independent critical
review and evaluation of new and complex phenomena, research questions and
situations, ability to critically, independently, creatively and with scientific accuracy
identify and formulate research questions as well as plan and with adequate methods carry out research and other qualified tasks within a given time frame and to review and evaluate such work,

...with a thesis show her or his ability to, through their own research, significantly
contribute to knowledge development, ability to orally and in written form with authority present and discuss research and research findings in dialogue with the scientific community as well as otherwise in national as well as international contexts, ability to identify need for additional knowledge, and potential to contribute to development of society and others' learning in research and education as well as in other qualified professional contexts.

Evaluation ability and conduct intellectual independence and scientific honesty as well as ability to make
research-wise ethical evaluations, and in-depth insight into science's possibilities and limitations, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it is used.