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Doctoral Training Principles

PhD students

PhD studies in Sweden

Most universities in Sweden, regards PhD students as employees. Rather than apply for a doctoral programme, candidates must apply for an available doctoral position. PhD applications are handled by respective university.

In addition to postgraduate studies, doctoral students are usually offered some form of departmental service such as administration or teaching for up to 20 per cent of their time.

A PhD degree is equivalent to four years of full-time study; however, after two years of studies students can graduate with a licentiate degree.


Apply directly to the university

The individual universities manage the entire process for PhD studies. Contact them directly with all your questions. See a list with HEI

Read more about PhD studies at the Swedish Council for Higher Education and at Study in Sweden