at the Department of Education. Closing date: 1 March 2018.

The Department of Education is one of the largest departments at Stockholm University within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Education is an academic discipline in which formal and non-formal education, development, and learning are studied in relation to cultural and societal contexts. The Department conducts research in different areas, which are presented on the website: The Research Groups at the Department of Education.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Education stipulates that applicants must have:

  1. Completed courses equivalent to at least 90 Swedish higher education credits and a thesis of at least 15 Swedish higher education credits in one of the following areas: education, international and comparative education, didactics, subject specific didactics, child and youth studies, special education, pedagogical work or a teaching degree equivalent to at least, 180 Swedish higher education credits. If the applicants have completed courses equivalent to at least 90 Swedish higher education credits in another subject within the Social Sciences or Humanities, the thesis should address relevant educational issues, theories and methods.
  2. An English language proficiency, which is tested during the admissions round through a written and spoken exam, as well as a through the provision of a written summary of the applicant’s earlier thesis/article.

The General and Special Admissions Criteria must be fulfilled by the closing date of the admissions round.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training during 48 months (equivalent to four years full-time). Special attention will be given to results from previous studies, documented in the form of one independent research project on the Master’s level. The thesis must be written in either English or Swedish and contain a summary/abstract in English. The applicant may also submit one published peer reviewed article, written in either English or Swedish.

The applicant should present their research plan in such a way that it is clear which research group/s they intend to join if admitted. On some of the research groups’ webpages, applicants may find research projects that align with their PhD-project or find ideas for inspiration (The Research Groups at the Department of Education). In the research plan, the applicant should develop a well-supported research question and argue in favour of possible choices concerning theory and methods for the study. Along with previous academic paper/s, this research plan provides the basis for assessing the applicant’s capacity to benefit from the training.

The quality of the submitted research plan will be a major factor in the selection and ranking of applications done by the faculty members. The first assessment will be performed anonymously, i.e. the faculty members do not have access to the identity of the applicant. The selection criteria are based upon the:

  •  Stringency of the research question and analysis of earlier work and of the research plan 
  •  Familiarity with the research area of the intended research plan
  •  Methodological and theoretical understanding and the degree to which reflexivity is reached in the texts
  •  The qualities of planned research in relation to what it contributes to the discipline
  •  The intended study’s prospective ethical implications and possibility of an ethical review
  •  Ability to express themselves both written and verbally in an academic setting
  •  The planned study’s feasibility within the allotted time.

References will be checked and short-listed candidates will be interviewed – the interviews will be followed up by a short written and oral assignment.

Admission regulations at Stockholm University are available at The guidelines for application at the Department of Education are available at: PhD-programme in Education.

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Please note that doctoral studies are only offered on campus (not through distance learning).

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact our director of PhD studies, Carina Carlhed, telephone: +46 8 16 30 87, or administrator Christina Edelbring, telephone: +46 8 16 36 50,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language proficiency in Academic English
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree project/thesis and optional peer-reviewed article
  • Research proposal (no more than 5 pages) describing:  
    1. the research question you will examine/investigate and which scientific method/s will be used
    2. how your planned study relates to one or more research groups at the department, see The Research Groups at the Department of Education
    3. the relevance of the project in relation to the research field, and the planned theoretical perspective/s 
    4. briefly point out the research objectives in relation to a systematic research summary
  • Certified degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree project/thesis (no more than 1 file) written in either English or Swedish, with summary/abstract in English. You may submit a peer-reviewed article, written in either English or Swedish (no more than 1 file).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply! 

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Closing date: 01/03/2018