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Doctoral studies at the IT Faculty

Doctoral studies lead to a licentiate degree of 120 hec or a doctoral degree of 240 hec. A doctoral degree normally requires full time study over four years, for a licentiate degree two years. There is also a possibility of part-time studies over a maximum of eight years for a doctoral degree and four years for a licentiate degree. Parental leave is not included in these periods of time.

The doctoral education consists of both elective and compulsory courses. The licentiate and/or doctoral thesis is a central and final part of the education, when it is printed, published and defended in a public seminar. A thesis can either be written as a compilation thesis or as a monograph. A monograph is a single coherent work, while a compilation thesis consists of a number of scientific articles that are bound together by a single introduction text.


To be admitted to doctoral level you have to meet the requirements for general and specific eligibility in accordance to what is stated in the Higher Education Ordinance (Högskoleförordningen).

General entry requirements:

  • a degree at master's level (second cycle)
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 hec, including 60 hec at advanced level,
  • or have acquired an equivalent knowledge

The specific subject areas usually require specific entry requirements in addition to the general entry requirements.


To be accepted as a PhD student at the IT Faculty you have to apply for an open PhD position, which are advertised on the university web site, see "Open PhD positions" below. The requirements for admission are always specified in the advertisement for a specific position.

Selection process

The selection of a person for the PhD position is made with respect to the applicant's ability to benefit from the programme. The assessment may be based on essays, master theses, and other relevant publications – such as scientific articles etc. Scientific reflection - "research statement" – can also be a part of the consideration, where the applicant reflects on how to proceed regarding a specific research issue.

Page Manager: Catharina Jerkbrant|Last update: 8/6/2019

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