About Malmö University
Malmö University is an innovative, urban, and international university located in the centre of Malmö. We have about 1,900 employees and 25,000 students. Our research and our education programmes are shaped by the role of the university in an open society: to contribute to a sustainable and equal society through a scientific approach in collaboration with other societal actors. One of our priorities is to identify and take on the challenges of the future. Our researchers and students want to be at the center of events and, together with others, create, share and disseminate knowledge in order to understand, explain, and develop societies, both locally and globally.

The Faculty of Culture and Society
The Faculty of Culture and Society is a multidisciplinary faculty that includes the School of Arts and Communication, the Department of Global Political Studies and the Department of Urban Studies. The Faculty conducts postgraduate studies in the following subjects: Global Politics, Interaction Design, International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Media and Communication Studies, and Urban Studies. The Faculty is hosting two of the university’s five research centres as well as three research platforms. Read more about research at Culture and Society here.

Department of Global Political Studies (GPS)
The Department of Global Political Studies is a multidisciplinary research and educational environment consisting of eight subjects: European Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Gender Studies, International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), International Relations, Caucasus Studies, Human Rights, and Political Science. The Department’s educational programmes and research focus on global processes of change and their impact on societies and individuals. Our research environment also includes MIM (Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare) and the research platforms RUCARR (Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research), CFM (Collaborative Future-Making) and REDEM (Rethinking Democracy).

Doctoral programme in Global Politics
The study of Global Politics is multidisciplinary and includes approaches from the humanities as well as the social sciences. The scientific core of Global Politics is the study of transnational and international politics, both in terms of continuity and change, cooperation and conflict, power and protest, politics in and beyond the nation state, and the proliferation of actors in world politics. A key element in the research is to attempt to extend and deepen the understanding and study of the exercise of power at the global level. Global Politics includes analyses of political, social, economic and cultural relations and networks across national boundaries.

The goal of the programme is to develop the knowledge and skills required for the doctoral student to conduct research independently and contribute to the development of knowledge within the chosen subject area. The doctoral programme comprises 240 higher education credits (equivalent to four years of full-time studies), of which 60 credits are from courses. It is completed when the doctoral student publicly defends his/her printed doctoral dissertation (180 credits).

Employment as a doctoral student
Those employed as doctoral students will mainly carry out their own postgraduate studies (their work being located at Malmö University). Departmental duties of up to 20% may be included. The regulations regarding employment as a doctoral student are found in the Higher Education Ordinance Ch. 5 Sections 1-7).

Eligibility requirements
The general requirements for third-cycle (doctoral) education are: 

  1. Received a second-cycle (masters) higher education degree;
  2. Completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are second-cycle; or
  3. In some other way, nationally or internationally, acquired equivalent knowledge.

Specific requirements

  • Knowledge and skills corresponding to a social science or humanities second-cycle degree in a subject that is relevant to the field of Global Politics. For examples of relevant subjects, refer to the above description of the department.
  • Ability to express oneself well in written and spoken English is essential. 

Assessment criteria
When selecting between applicants for vacant positions, the ability to complete postgraduate education is assessed (Higher Education Ordinance Ch. 7 Section 5).

The assessment is based on the basic and special eligibility requirements (see above). Other important indicators of the ability to complete postgraduate education are the applicant's second-cycle (masters) thesis, scientific publications, other publications, and a research plan. The assessment of the research plan is based on its feasibility, originality and relevance to Global Politics. The research plan should have a clear, well expressed and motivated methodology. We encourage applicants with different kinds of theoretical and methodological approaches.

The assessment is also based on the ability to express oneself well in written and spoken English.

Head of Department, Magnus Ericson, tel. 040-665 71 76, magnus.ericson@mau.se
Responsible for doctoral education, Professor Maja Povrzanović Frykman, maja.frykman@mau.se
Professor Bo Petersson, tel. 040-665 73 95, bo.petersson@mau.se
Human Resources specialist Rebecca Nordh, rebecca.nordh@mau.se

Prior to the recruitment process, Malmö University has already decided on recruitment channels and marketing. We politely decline all offers of advertising and recruitment assistance in connection with this advertisement.

You apply through Malmö University’s recruitment system by clicking the button “Apply/Ansök”. It is your own responsibility that your application is complete with all required documentation according to the adverted position. Your application must have arrived no later than 7 September 2020.

The application should include the following documents:

  1. Application form
  2. CV with up to three referees (References shall include title, affiliation, email address, phone number, and the relationship to the applicant)
  3. Certificates (second-cycle education diploma and grades; certificates of relevant work or internship experience)
  4. Research plan (up to 2,000 words, excluding references)
  5. List of your scientific publications and other texts (including degree theses) relevant to the position
  6. Copies of second-cycle (masters) thesis and up to two additional selected publications (no more than three documents)

Additional information
Employment is full-time and time restricted according to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch. 5 Section 7.

Starting date 
1 February 2021

Trade union representatives
Saco-S, Rebecka Johansson, rebecka.johansson@mau.se
OFR, Martin Reissner, martin.reissner@mau.se

PhD Student Union representative
Michel Anderlini, michel-vincent.anderlini@mau.se

We are looking forward to receive your application!