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PhD programme in Peace and Development Research

About the programme

The PhD programme in Peace and Development Research builds upon the two disciplines International Relations and Global Development Studies. Research at the PhD level focuses on relevant areas within these broadly defined fields.

The goal of the research education is to develop knowledge and skills to enable independent research in Peace and Development Research and to contribute to the scientific development by the production of a doctoral thesis. The research education also aims to develop the ability of the research student to make use of his/her achieved scientific knowledge and skills in order to perform continued research or to engage in other qualified professional occupation.

For more detailed information see general syllabus for the PhD programme in Peace and Development Research.

PhD studies in Peace and Development Research often imply international field work.

Announcement of vacancies

Announcement of vacancies on postgraduate level usually takes place once a year, in January/February. The announcement is advertised both on the Faculty website and on the University website for Job opportunities. The announcement will also be posted here on our website.

Eligibility, application and admission

To be admitted to PhD Studies the applicants must meet the requirements of general as well as specific eligibility.

The general entry requirements for the Department's postgraduate programmes are common. Please, read more about general entry requirements, funding, admission, decision-making process, and how to submit the application at Application and admissions.

In addition to the general entry requirements there are specific entry requirements for each subject as well as specific instructions on what to include in the application. 

Specific entry requirements for postgraduate studies in Peace and Development Research:

  • A degree awarded at advanced (second cycle courses and programmes) level within the area of global studies or the equivalent degree/knowledge obtained within the country or abroad.
  • Substantiated ability to express oneself in written English.

Ranking and Selection:
In order to determine the capability of the qualified applicants and their capacity to benefit from the education, an assessment will be made of the applicant’s BA or MA theses or equivalent, as well as of other written documents that the applicant has referred to, and its scientific quality. An assessment of the applicant’s project outline, academic performance in the previous undergraduate education, previous experience (field work, knowledge of languages), and research specialisation in relation to field of activities within Peace and Development Research, will also be made.

Application and admissions


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

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

Chair of the PhD education board:
Isabell Schierenbeck
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 5947

Director of Studies:
Environmental Social Sciences
Annica Kronsell

Peace and Development Research
Camilla Orjuela
Tel: 46 (0)31-786 5873

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

Page Manager: Sarah Blichfeldt|Last update: 2/8/2016

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