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Doctoral Studies

At the Department of Cultural Sciences third-cycle study programs are offered in Art History and Visual Studies, Cultural Studies, Ethnology, Film Studies, Gender Studies and Musicology.

The purpose of doctoral studies is to provide in-depth knowledge about the research traditions and the state of art of current research within the disciplines in question, and to give students opportunities to develop the ability to independently conduct their own research. The programs also include training in the communication of research results, both within the academy and to the surrounding society, as well as basic training in higher-education teaching.

Seminars and courses

The thesis seminars provide a forum in which ongoing thesis work is presented and discussed in a conversation between doctoral students and the Department’s senior researchers. These are the backbone of the third-cycle seminars. The collegial scrutiny of thesis texts is a complement to the individual supervision.

The third-cycle programme comprises 240 credits, some of which relate to studies at doctoral level. These include interfaculty courses, but you can also opt to study other elective courses. You will find all the available courses in FUBAS.


In order to be admitted as a doctoral student, you must have completed an undergraduate degree (First cycle) and at least one year of study at the Masters level (Second cycle). The prerequisites for being admitted to a doctoral program in a given discipline are specified in the General Syllabus of the discipline in question. Further information about third-cycle studies may also be found at the Faculty website for doctoral studies.

Admission to third-cycle studies is ordinarily possible only in connection with the announcement of funded doctoral student positions.

For further information contact the Department’s Associate Head of Department for Doctoral Studies.