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Application and admission - all subjects

Announcement of vacancies

Announcement of vacancies on postgraduate level usually takes place once a year, in December. The announcement is advertised both on the School of Global Studies website, and on the University website for job opportunities.


The postgraduate studies consists of 240 ECTS-credits, corresponding to four years of full-time studies, and ends with a PhD degree.


Postgraduate positions are financed mainly through employment. Employment can be funded through university grants, external research grants or through funding from another (external) employer. Funding from another employer requires a separate agreement governing the relationship between the University of Gothenburg/the Department, the student and the employer. The current form of funding is always stated in the vacancy notice.

Please note that student loans or private means are not accepted.

Eligibility and admission

In order to be eligible for admission to postgraduate studies, the applicant must fulfil the general entry requirements for postgraduate studies (listed below), as well as the specific entry requirements that apply to each subject.

General entry requirements are fulfilled if you have:

  1. completed a university degree at advanced level (second cycle courses and programmes)
  2. completed course requirements, minimum of 240 ECTS-credits, of which at least 60 ECTS-credits at advanced level (second cycle), or
  3. in another way has acquired essentially the equivalent knowledge within Sweden or abroad

Specific entry requirements: please see information from each subject (links can be found under menu).

The decision-making process

Applications for postgraduate studies at the School of Global Studies is considered as follows:

  1. Each subject appoints a selection committee to review the applications received.
  2. Decisions regarding the admission are taken by the Head of Department.
  3. The department should, no later than three weeks after decision is made, notify the applicants who has/have been admitted.
  4. Decisions cannot be appealed.


Application should be made online and the following documents should be enclosed:

  1. A research proposal (max 2,000 words plus references) that describes the applicant's research interests and the planned focus of his/her doctoral thesis.
  2. A Master’s thesis and/or any other relevant papers or publications. Submitted texts must be written in Swedish or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.
  3. A CV summarizing relevant work experience, language proficiency and other skills.
  4. Copies of diplomas and/or academic transcripts verifying that the general and specific entry requirements have been met. Evidence of other relevant qualifications.

No reference letters will be considered.

More information

For questions regarding the education content, eligibility requirements etc, please contact appropriate PhD Coordinator listed on this page.

For administrative matters relating to the application process please contact our research administrators.

FAQ - PhD studies at SGS


Research Administration:
Gustav Rudd
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 4868

Gunilla Blomqvist Sköldberg
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 4319

Director of PhD Studies:
Camilla Orjuela
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 5873

Coordinators for PhD Programmes:
Environmental Social Sciences
Annica Kronsell

Peace and Development Research
Johan Karlsson Schaffer
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 5931

Social Anthropology
Lisa Åkesson
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 5336

Page Manager: Gunilla Blomqvist Sköldberg|Last update: 12/9/2019

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