The general goal of research is to gain knowledge so we may better understand the world we live in and if possible change it for the better. The purpose of PhD studies is to train doctoral students in the disciplinary and academic tradition, but above all to develop independent and critically minded researchers. This page contains some basic facts for those interested in pursuing PhD studies.
Entrance requirements for admission to postgraduate studies (Master's or Ph.D. programmes) vary between departments. The minimum requirements are as follows:
- A Bachelor's Degree (in some cases a Master's Degree), or the equivalent, from a university recognised by the Ministry of Education for the country in which the degree has been awarded; a major in the subject of interest (equivalent to 90-120 ECTS, i.e. at least one and a half to two years of full-time study);
A very good command of English;
for many subjects: a good command of Swedish (see below).
Some departments have additional requirements and might also demand that the thesis should relate to one of the research projects carried out at the department.
- Advanced Courses at Undergraduate Level as a Condition for Admission; there is no exact equivalence between academic degrees from different countries. Consequently, foreign students applying to the postgraduate level at Stockholm University often have to take courses at undergraduate level for one or sometimes two semesters in order to acquire eligibility.
Please note that a good command of the Swedish language is an entrance requirement for most undergraduate courses and study programmes. Since students interested in applying to postgraduate studies at Stockholm University are advised to attend advanced courses at the undergraduate level, the issue of command of the Swedish language must be considered at an early stage. Stockholm University does not offer courses in Swedish as a foreign language at a beginner level.
Important! Students applying to postgraduate studies must meet the above requirements before applying.
Stockholm University has no central admission to postgraduate studies. For further questions about entrance requirements please contact the department of interest. List of departments can be found on the following website: Departments
Knowledge of Swedish
Most departments have no formal requirements regarding command of the Swedish language for admission to postgraduate programmes. However, since lectures and seminars are often held in Swedish, postgraduate students are advised to attend short Swedish language courses simultaneously with their graduate programme. If interested, turn to the professor/director of studies at the university department concerned.
Nevertheless, if certain courses in the undergraduate level at Stockholm University or another institution of higher education in Sweden are required for admission to a postgraduate programme, the issue of command of the Swedish language must be considered at an early stage.
For further questions about entrance requirements please contact the department of interest. List of departments can be found on the following website: Departments
Information about Swedish language courses can be found at the Department of Swedish and Multilingualism
Stockholm University has no central admission to postgraduate studies. Candidates should contact directly the department of their interest. Address:
S-106 91 Stockholm
After having come to an agreement with a university department regarding postgraduate studies and after receiving an invitation or a letter of admission, candidates are advised to apply for a residence permit at the Swedish Embassy or Consulate in their home country.
EU citizens need a residence permit which can be applied for at the Swedish Migration Board if the study period in Sweden is longer than three months.
Some university departments help visiting students to find accommodation in Stockholm. If not, visiting students can apply for student housing through the Stockholm Student Housing Foundation Please be informed that student housing is scarce in Stockholm and may be difficult to obtain on short notice.
Stockholm Student Housing Foundation (SSSB),
S-104 32 Stockholm, SWEDEN.
Telephone: + 46 8 458 10 00
Visiting students must have their own financial support secured in order to get a residence permit. A financial guarantee for the whole study period is required (as of January 2007: SEK 73,000 per year).
Please note that Stockholm University does not offer any scholarships or fellowships.
Some departments apply a principle called industrial doctoral student which means that an external organization finances the costs associated with the studies. An industrial doctoral student never has any obligation to teach att he university and does not apply for any employment at the university but is receiving his or her salary from the external financing organization.
Handbook for Postgraduate Students
Full information about PhD in Sweden can be found at
December 18, 2014
Source: Student Services