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University of Gothenburg

Doctoral Studies

In this Department, doctoral studies (third-cycle) are run in the subject areas of Comparative Literature, the History of Ideas and Science, Religious Studies and Theology.

Within these areas, subject-specific and interdisciplinary courses are offered of both a theoretical and historical kind. Taken as a whole, third-cycle education in the department represents a broad field within humanities research.

Doctoral studies (doctoral courses and study programmes) are intended to provide doctoral students with an in-depth knowledge of their respective subject areas and such skills that they can independently and effectively formulate and implement research tasks. The degree project is a doctoral thesis which is then defended in public.

The programme also includes an obligatory course in teaching and learning in higher education and pedagogical elements that are intended to give doctoral students educational experience and thereby prepare them for teaching work at university.

Doctoral courses and study programmes are normally conducted within the framework of a doctoral studentship at the university, but it is also possible to work within an externally funded research project.

There are no tuition fees at Swedish universities, but students must show evidence of funding sufficient to meet the cost of living during the period of study. The department offers a limited number of studentships for doctoral students but does not offer any grants or scholarships to visiting students.