University of Gothenburg

Eligibility and admission

In order to apply for doctoral studies at JMG, you must have at least a Master’s degree in journalism or in media and communication science.

You can also have a Master’s degree in another subject. In either case, your degree must comprise at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 must have been obtained at an advanced level.

If you have studied a different subject, your Master’s thesis must have a clear connection to journalism, media and communication. You may also apply if you have acquired equivalent knowledge in an alternative way, either in Sweden or abroad.

You must also have sufficient proficiency in English so that you can study research literatureand courses, and actively participate in seminars.


In order for us to be able to assess your merits, you must include a number of documents when you submit your application:

  • CV with certified copies of degree certificates, academic grades and other relevant certifications.
  • A personal cover letter in which you describe your background, your interest in the subject, and why you wish to engage in doctoral studies at JMG. If you do not have a relevant degree but have acquired equivalent knowledge in an alternative way, you must state in your cover letter how your merits are equivalent to a degree.
  • Master’s thesis.
  • A research outline in which you present the subject you plan to research. Here you shall describe the research problem, the research questions, the theoretical framework, and the methods you intend to use in order to answer the research questions.
  • Other scientific publications (articles in scientific journals, reports, etc.), if you have any.
  • Two letters of recommendation or the contact details of two referees.

All documentation must be submitted in Swedish or English. If any texts have been translated into these languages, the original must also be submitted.

All applications will be assessed by an admissions committee, and the position will be offered to the candidate(s) deemed to have the best conditions for success in their studies.

It is the head of department who decides on admission to doctoral studies, and this decision cannot be appealed against.

Read more about the eligibility requirements in Högskoleförordningen (Higher Education Ordinance) on riksdagens (the Parliament) website and on the University of Gothenburg's Staff Portal.