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Application and admission – Doctoral studies

In Sweden, all recruitment has to take place in open competition. Hence, all doctoral positions need to be publicly advertised. Neither self-financed doctoral studies nor personal sponsors are allowed.


All doctoral positions are announced on the Lund University job portal. Stipends, when available, are advertised by the departments.

Vacant doctoral positions at Lund University –

Application period

Some departments at LUSEM have set application periods, usually during spring and/or autumn. Others advertise their vacancies as and when a position arises. More information can be found on each department’s webpage.

When applying to a doctoral programme at LUSEM, always submit the application form below.

Application form (pdf, 74 kB)

Entry requirements

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

The specific entry requirements are faculty- and subject-specific. As a general standard for specific entry requirements at LUSEM, doctoral students must have completed course assignments of at least 90 credits and an independent project worth at least 15 credits in a subject relevant to the research programme, or have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. 

You can read more about specific entry requirements in the general syllabus of each doctoral programme.

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