PhD programme at MISU

To apply for doctoral studies at MISU, one must have a minimum of 240 university credits (ECTS) consisting of at least: 90 ECTS within meteorology, oceanography, physics or chemistry; 15 ECTS of mathematics; and 15 ECTS thesis work. 60 ECTS must be at advanced level. Other qualifications might apply when one have studied abroad.

Complete infomation about PhD studies at MISU is found in the documents below:

General syllabus for doctoral studies in Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography

Examination criteria for the research education (PhD or Licentiate)

PhD seminars, committee meetings and forms

PhD courses in 2021


Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 7.5 hp

Schedule: Start date 3 February 10-12, the once per week for ten more weeks, on Wednesdays (except Easter, week 13), ending 21 April.
Responsible teacher: Gunilla Svensson (

Mathematical Methods in Meteorology and Oceanography, 7.5 hp

Schedule: Start date 29 March 2021 and end date 28 May 2021, 4 hours per week (2 on weeks with public holidays) for a total of 30 hours.
Contact teacher: Erland Källén (

Statistical Climatology, 7.5 hp

Schedule: Starts on August 2, 2021, and lectures run intensively for 2-3 weeks; contact responsible teacher for details.
Contact teacher: Abdel Hannachi (

The Middle Atmosphere II, 7.5 hp

Schedule: Starts immediately after summer 2021 and runs through the whole fall semester at 25% of fulltime, 2-3 meetings per month; contact responsible teacher for details.
Contact teacher: Jörg Gumbel (

All PhD level courses

Advanced Oceanography (MO4OCAD), 7.5 hp

Boundary layer meteorology, 7.5hp

Climate Modeling, 2 Modules, 5hp each

Dynamic Meteorology, 15hp

General Circulation, 15hp

Mathematical Methods in Meteorology and Oceanography, 7.5 hp

Statistical Climatology, 7.5hp

The Middle Atmosphere II, 7.5 hp

PhD-level courses are given on demand and may not be given every year. If you are interested in taking a particular course, please contact our Director of Doctoral Studies, Michael Tjernström.

It is also possible to take any of our master courses for PhD credits, as long as it conforms to your Individual Study Plan. If, for example, you do not have a background in meteorology we recommend that you take Meteorology I and Meteorology II. Several other Master courses are often taken as PhD-level courses. If you want to take a MSc-level course for PhD credits, please contact the Study Advisor Ingrid Eronn.

Graduate courses on climate issues can also be found on the websites of the Climate Research School of the Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research. Also note that the Swedish e-Science Education offers a wide range of courses including programming, data management and modeling.

It is also possible to take courses at other departments at Stockholm University or at other universities in Sweden or abroad for PhD-level credits on our program, Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography.


Boundary-Layer Meteorology
Michael Tjernström

Mathematical methods in meteorology and oceanography
Erland Källen

Statistical Climatology
Abdel Hannachi, Inga Koszalka

The middle atmosphere
Abdel Hannachi, Inga Koszalka

The courses below are given at regular intervals at the Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching which all count towards the PhD course requirements.

  • Introduction to teaching (3hp)
  • Professional development course 1: Teaching and Learning, Blended (7.5hp)
  • Professional development course 2: Teaching and Learning in Science and Mathematics (7.5hp)

In order to receive a Licentiate of Philosophy degree from MISU, a licentiate seminar is required. More information about MISU's licentiate degree can be found in the link below:

Information on Licentiate Seminars at MISU

A doctoral degree requires a public defense of the dissertation. Below is MISU's procedure for the preparations of the dissertation and defense:

PhD defense and dissertation

All PhD positions at MISU are announced under Work with us / Open positions at MISU and SU PhD positions as well as at various job search sites. If available, positions will be published the following dates (or the closest workday).

  • March 1st
  • April 2nd
  • August 1st
  • October 15th

There are two types of employments.

  • University funded ("fakultetstjänst"): the employed student chooses a project and supervisor.
  • External funding: supervisor and project are predetermined.

You apply for PhD positions through the job advertisements where there are instructions on how to proceed.

Do you have questions regarding MISU's PhD programme?

Please contact the Director of studies, see contact information below.



Director of studies for PhD programme

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