Doctoral positions in Musical performance and interpretation

Ref PAR 2022/1494

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The Academy of Music and Drama conducts education and research in musical performance and interpretation, performing practices, and music education, as well as teacher training. Together with HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design, we form the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg, which is the broadest arts faculty in Scandinavia.

Subject description

The doctoral (Third cycle) subject musical performance and interpretation works with issues that are relevant to the field of music, artistic research and society in general. The subject encompasses the entire field of music, regardless of genre or form of expression, and includes the specializations of interpretation, composition, improvisation, and music theory.

The doctoral student carries out an independent artistic research project in which his or her own artistic practice forms a central part of the knowledge development. Other research methods are drawn from both the scientific and artistic fields. Musical performance and interpretation strives for interaction and cross-fertilisation between artistic and scientific forms of work and the development of new research methods.

The aim of the doctoral education is to train artistic music researchers, musicians and sound artists with the ability to independently conduct research projects that contribute to the development of knowledge and methods in the subject. The studies result in a documented artistic research project or thesis and lead to a Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Arts degree.

You will find more information about the doctoral education at


The studies comprise 240 credits, which is equivalent to four years of full-time study. The education consists of a course component of 60 credits and a dissertation component of 180 credits. The course part is organized through compulsory faculty-wide basic courses, a compulsory subject-specific introductory course and individually chosen courses. In addition, there are compulsory doctoral seminars at the department. 

As a doctoral student, you will be part of the collegiate of Music at the Academy of Music and Drama and you are expected to interact with the education at bachelor and master levels. Similarly, your active participation in the research environment of both the department and the faculty means that you are physically present and involved in the daily work.

By agreement with the doctoral student, departmental duty (teaching) may be offered in the position with up to 20% of full time spread over the entire study period. In the case of departmental duty, the position is extended by the corresponding period.

Doctoral students who teach must complete a basic course in teaching and learning in higher education of 5 credits if they do not already have the corresponding knowledge. It is possible to take additional courses in teaching and learning in higher education at the University to complete one's teaching portfolio, but outside the doctoral position.  

A good command of English is a prerequisite as the research and doctoral studies are conducted in an international environment.

Research environment

The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg has over the past decades built up an environment where research and education can interact, an environment that allows both cross-disciplinary and cross-faculty research projects as well as projects strongly focused on artistic immersion. Doctoral students meet regularly in interdisciplinary artistic forums both within the department and at faculty level, including the artistic research school that the department runs together with its sister department within the faculty, HDK-Valand - the Academy of Art and Design. The Faculty has two research platforms in artistic research: the conference and publishing platform PARSE (Platform for Artistic Research) which organizes an international research conference every two years , and PLACE (Public Life, Arts & Critical Engagement) . These platforms serve as meeting places and resources for doctoral students and researchers with regular events, conferences and seminars.

The Academy of Music and Drama and the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts are part of several international networks with collaboration partners all over the world, including in music, performing arts, music education, and artistic research. More information about our research is available at


According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, Admission to doctoral (third cycle) studies, requires basic and special qualifications.

Basic eligibility for doctoral studies is granted to those who:

- has completed a degree at the advanced level, or

- completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits at advanced level, or

- has otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in or outside the country.

The Dean of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts may grant an exemption from the requirement for basic eligibility. However, eligibility always requires that the applicant is deemed to have the other abilities needed to complete the education.

For special qualifications required: 

  • at least 120 higher education credits (or equivalent) in subjects that are considered to have relevance to doctoral (third-cycle) studies in the subject, (or equivalent knowledge),
  • a documented specialisation of study includeing subjects oriented towards relevant issues in musical performance and interpretation,
  • an approved independent project (thesis) of at least 30 higher education credits (or, alternatively, several projects, which, together are considered to be equivalent of 30 higher education credits) in a subject that is considered relevant to doctoral studies in the subject,
  • a solid artistic experience at a high international level within the musical field.

Special eligibility is also granted to those who have acquired equivalent knowledge in other ways, within or outside Sweden.

Basis of assessment

Selection among qualified applicants is made in consideration of their ability to fulfil the doctoral (third-cycle) education. The following assessment criteria are applied to test this ability:

- artistic quality and originality in the subject musical performance and interpretation

- ability to think independently and critically in the subject area

- familiarity with research-related issues and processes

- ability to formulate a research-related project in the subject that is feasible, and anchored in both artistic practice and theory

- demonstrated interest in being part of and contribute to the educational and research environment of the institution

Interviews are part of the selection process. These are scheduled to take place in April 2023 and are a prerequisite for possible admission.

For more information, see the general syllabuses:

The two different degrees are both in artistic research. The doctoral student's choice of degrees is discussed at the latest after the admission has taken place. 


Form of employment: fixed-term contract, 4 years

Scope: 100%

Location: Academy of Music and Drama. University of Gothenburg

Start date: 2023-09-01

After admission to doctoral level studies, you will be employed as a doctoral student. Regulations for employment as a doctoral student can be found in Regulation SFS 1998:80.

This is described more clearly in the document Rules for Doctoral Education at Gothenburg University - Doctoral Student Regulations Dnr V2018/603  (to be translated)

The first appointment as a doctoral student may be for a maximum of one year. The appointment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. A person may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years in total. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral education.

Applicants for admission to doctoral studies only, without a doctoral position funded by the institution, must submit a documented financial plan for the entire period of study (four years for full-time and a maximum of eight years for part-time). Conditions for funding other than a doctoral position are described under Rules for Doctoral Education at the University of Gothenburg - Doctoral Student Rules, section 5, pages 6-8.

The University applies local agreements on the remuneration of doctoral students.

Recruitment procedure

The work of the recruitment team is led by the subject representative in musical performance and interpretation. Other members of the recruitment group are researchers at the department, a doctoral student representative, a doctoral education officer and an external expert. Each application is read by several people. The applicants whose applications are ranked highest are invited to interviews. 

Contact details for the position

For general enquiries about admission, please contact:

Anna Frisk, Doctoral Studies Officer,

For specific questions about musical performance and interpretation, contact:

Maria Bania, subject representative for musical performance and interpretation,

Trade union organisations

Trade union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: 


You apply for admission to doctoral studies via the University of Gothenburg's recruitment portal. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and that it reaches the University by the application deadline.

The application must contain the following:

  1. a personal letter in which you justify your application and summarize your skills.
  2. a CV including professional experience, together with a list of publications and musical activities and documentation thereof or links to online documentation. In some cases, the assessment team may request access to additional artistic works.
  3. copies of diplomas/degree certificates and any other certificates that may be relevant to the application. Diplomas in languages other than Swedish and English need to be translated into English. Please note that if the applicant is applying with "equivalent knowledge", this needs to be clearly presented and documented.
  4. a research project plan (maximum 6 pages) for your future dissertation project, including a description of the project's aim, problem area, methods and implementation, as well as a timetable. The description should include a reflection on the relevance of the project and its importance for the artistic field. 

The recommended language for the application is English, but the application can also be written in Swedish/Scandinavian language.

Further information on doctoral education at the University of Gothenburg is available at

Application deadline: 2023-02-01

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.