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University of Gothenburg

Doctoral Studies

The variation in licentiate and doctoral thesis topics in the department over the years reflects the breadth and complexity of the field of conservation.

Post-Graduate Degree Positions

Admission to post-graduate studies is based on individual application following the announcement of an available position by the Department of Conservation. Available positions are announced on the University of Gothenburg main website under “open positions”. The admissions process evaluates applicants’ academic qualifications and capacity to make the most of the education. Admission to the education and financial aid are interlinked: students may not begin work until they have secured a guaranteed funding source for the entire course of study. 

Industry-Based Post-Graduate Students

There is also a possibility of undergoing a post-graduate studies in the department if the candidate has an employer that is willing to finance his or her studies—that is, if the candidate can complete the program within the framework of his or her employment. In such a case, the employer enters into a contract with the University of Gothenburg. The candidate must be able to pursue his or her post-graduate studies at the rate of at least half time, and the employer must guarantee adequate funding for the entire course of study through the successful thesis defense, which means at least half-time work for a period of eight years (or at least half-time work for four years for a Licentiate of Philosophy degree). Admission as an industry-based post-graduate student requires the same application process as other candidates, with an evaluation of the applicant’s academic qualifications and capacity to make the most of the education. 

Committee of Post-Graduate Students

The Committee of Post-Graduate Students in the Department of Conservation works with issues of concern to post-graduate students. The committee is made up of all of the department’s doctoral candidates and meets as a rule twice during each academic term. One of the committee’s functions is to elect representatives to the department’s executive committees.