University of Gothenburg


Admissions to PhD programmes at the School of Global Studies take place once a year. Open doctoral positions are announced in December and the deadline for application is usually in early February.


In order to be eligible for admission to our doctoral programmes, you have to fulfil the general entry requirements in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, § 39, and the specific entry requirements that apply to each subject.

In order to meet the general requirements for studies at doctoral level, you must have:

  • completed a university degree at second cycle level;
  • completed at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits at second cycle level;
  • or in another way acquired the equivalent knowledge, within or outside Sweden.

Specific entry requirements are listed in the position announcements as well as on each programme’s respective information page.


All open doctoral positions are announced via the University’s job portal. We only accept applications submitted through the job portal and do not accept unsolicited applications

A completed application is required in order for us to assess your eligibility, merits and skills. Along with your application, you must also send:

  • a research proposal that describes your research interests and the planned focus of your thesis;
  • a masters thesis;
  • any other relevant academic works, eg. scientific publications;
  • CV;
  • and copies of diplomas and official Transcripts of Records and any other certificates of relevant qualifications.


The supervisors’ colloquium of each doctoral programme appoints a selection committee which is responsible for reviewing and assessing programme applications. The selection is based on an assessment of the applicant’s ability to benefit from the education at a research level. The selection committee also takes into account the applicant’s skills, experience, creativity and excellence in research. The selection committee ranks and interviews qualified candidates and makes a recommendation to the Head of Department. The Head of Department usually reaches an admission decision in April and the admitted students begin their doctoral studies in mid-August.  The admission decision is not open for appeal.