Become a researcher

Stockholm University is a leading research university that conducts basic independent research and applied research in the human and natural sciences. Our research produces internationally recognized scientific breakthroughs.

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Doctoral studies take four years and result in a PhD, the highest academic degree in Sweden. There is also a two-year research study program which ends in a degree of licentiate.


PhD Programme

The doctoral programme at MMK corresponds to 4 full-time years of study. There are two parts: course work totaling 60 ECTS and a research project ending in a PhD theses. The thesis is almost always a summary of research presented in a number of scientific journal articles written from your doctoral work.

How doctoral programmes are different in Sweden

Doctoral students are admitted to specific research projects and groups. The link below shows PhD positions that are currently available and allows you to subscribe to the listings so you can see when positions are announced (2-4 times/year).

PhD Student Positions

Additionally, doctoral students in Sweden are not treated as students, but are actually full university employees, with employee benefits and a salary. This gives you stability and support, allowing you to concentrate on your research.

PhD handbook (387 Kb)

PhD Council - where doctoral students influence decisions at MMK

The PhD Council is a forum for all issues on the situation of the PhD students, whether it deals with research, teaching, courses or social activities. Members can bring up questions, express opinions or make recommendations which are then taken to the Department Board by two PhD representatives. All PhD students are automatically a member of the PhD Council. 

Active participation in the PhD Council is a way to affect your working conditions, both at the department and at the university as a whole. The PhD council is also a social nexus and a good source of information on what´s happening in the department and elsewhere. Elections are held for once a year for the active positions. 


Who is eligible?

For general eligibility to doctoral studies, the applicant must have one of these:

  • A master's degree (also called "second level degree")
  • Fulfilled requirements for 240 academic credits, with 60 of these at the second level
  • Corresponding competence, in Sweden or abroad

The Board of the Faculty of Science may exempt an individual applicant from the basic eligibility requirement if there are specific reasons.

Additionally, specific eligibility for people applying to a doctoral programme with MMK should have:

  • A BSc (fil. kand.) degree with chemistry, chemical engineering or physics as major subject
  • Successfully completed an independent task within the research subject area comprising at least 30 ECTS points at the second level

For specific eligibility the applicant may also in some other way, in Sweden or abroad, have acquired generally corresponding competence.

Application materials

If you'd like to apply for a PhD position at the department, please submit the following documents by clicking on “Apply” at the bottom of the announcement for open PhD positions.

Required documents

  •   Application form PhD (43 Kb)
  • Documentation of study merits which clearly shows how you meet the eligibility requirements
  • Letter of intent describing what inspired you to apply for the programme, what makes you a suitable candidate, what research questions interest you, and how your interests connect with the project described in the announcement.

How admission decisions are made

This English version is an extract from the general rules, and also includes local policy at MMK. The detailed rules are found in Högskoleverkets doktorandhandbok. In the event of a discrepancy in the present text from the Swedish rules, the Swedish version prevails.

For more details please click this link to the official SU information

What happens after I apply?

The supervisor at MMK, together with a recruitment group, will check the eligibility and invite some short-listed candidates for interview. The recruitment group then ranks the short-listed candidates based on the information in the applications and impressions from the interviews. Finally, the department board decides on who should be offered a position.

Under exceptional circumstances, a PhD student may be accepted with a shorter study time than the normal 48 months. Such a decision of acceptance is taken by the Chemistry Section Dean.

PhD handbook

If you want to read up before joining, please find the MMK PhD handbook below,

 MMK PhD handbook (387 Kb)

The Chemistry Section gives a series of introductory courses for the sections own PhD students every year. The courses are also open to post docs, subject to availability. The courses are mandatory for all PhD students at MMK.

Introductory courses for PhD students at the Chemistry section

PhD students are required to take courses as part of the program. You can find some of the courses on offer by going to this page, and scrolling to the end of the page.

Study with us


Meet some of MMKs PhD Students



PhD programmes at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry

The Department of Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry offers four research education programs:


Analytical chemistry research at MMK comprises development of analytical methods and techniques for qualitative and quantitative determination of organic compounds and biomolecules relevant to human health and the environment, as well as characterization of materials.

Find out more about our research in Analytical Chemistry, and meet the research groups


The study of molecular structures, properties, dynamics and properties. We push the limitations boundaries of current techniques for structural characterization from micro- to nano-crystals, from crystalline to amorphous materials, from zeolites and metal-organic frameworks to pharmaceutics and proteins. 

Find out more about our research in Inorganic and Structural Chemistry, and meet the research groups


Or materials for a sustainable society as we want to call it. The scientists at Stockholm University address issues related to energy storage and conversion, a clean environment, improved human health addressing important social development goals.

Find out more about our research in Materials Chemistry, and meet the research groups


All material things around us (and we ourselves) consist of molecules. Molecules consist of atoms, atoms consist of electrons and atomic nuclei. Behavior of all these small parts of materia is determined by the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics.

Find out more about our research in Physical Chemistry, and meet the research groups


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