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Doctoral Studies

Are you interested in learning more and deepening your knowledge of a particular field of study? Are you interested in the contributing to the production of new knowledge? If this is the case, then doctoral education at Umeå University is for you!

Doctoral education involves four years of full-time study, which includes a number of courses and a thesis. Besides acquiring in-depth knowledge of a field of study, you will also cultivate your critical and analytical thinking. During your education you get to solve problems independently as you prepare for a professional career within academia, business or the public sector.

To be accepted as a doctoral student you are required:

  • to fulfil the entrance qualifications for the subject in question.
  • to show that you have other abilities that are necessary to complete the education.

If you are interested in commencing doctoral education you should first contact the department that conducts education and research in your field of interest. The Admissions Code for doctoral education contains the rules that Umeå University adheres to for application, qualification and selection. More information can be found on the faculties' homepages and in the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education's Handbook for Postgraduate Students. There you will find more detailed information and links to the current legislation that regulates postgraduate studies at Swedish universities.

Doctoral degree

A doctoral degree comprises 240 credits in a research subject, of which a course component is included and an approved scientific thesis of at least 120 credits.

Licentate degree

The licentiate degree is the goal of the research training of 120 credits. The degree requires both approved postgraduate courses and an approved scientific thesis of at least 60 credits.