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PhD programme in Human Geography

The PhD programme in Human Geography aims to give the PhD students scientific schooling and a profound knowledge of Human Geography. The programme comprises four years of full-time studies and lead to a doctoral degree (240 higher education credits). Students may also obtain a licentiate degree (120 higher education credits) after two years of full-time studies.

Within the Unit for Human Geography there are three different research fields in which groups of researchers cooperate. We study geographic dimensions - the role of space and place; of space-transcending networks, interactions and flows; of landscapes and the environment. They all play important roles for the understanding of society, the economy and everyday life of people in a world characterised by globalisation, regionalisation, uneven development, urbanisation, cultural cross-over and environmental concern. Accordingly, the research activities at the department essentially concern the following themes:

  • Development Geography
  • Mobility, communication and transport geography
  • Nature - society relations in a landscape perspective

The PhD students will, during the programme plan and implement an individual research project, with support from individual supervising, as well as participate in courses, seminars, conferences and excursions.

The basis for selection:
a) the applicant fulfills the general and specific entry requirements; b) there is funding ; c) the applicant is deemed capable of benefiting from such education.

General entry requirements

General entry requirements are fulfilled if the applicant has:

  • completed an academic degree at advanced level (second cycle courses and programmes),
     
  • completed course requirements for a minimum of 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 at advanced level (second cycle), or
  • in another way acquired essentially the equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad.


Specific entry requirements

The specific entry requirements for third-cycle education in Human Geography are fulfilled if the applicant has completed at least 90 higher education credits within the subject, including a degree project corresponding to 15 higher education credits or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way.

The application should contain a letter of intent (ca. 3-4 pages), where the applicant describes his/her research interests and personal goals in relation to the research profile available at the Unit for Human Geography in Gothenburg. A complete plan of action is not required, but if present it should be submitted.

The application must also be accompanied by references, CV, transcripts, Degree certificate as well as other documents of importance for the assessment. The documents shall clearly indicate the grades for both individual courses as for the degree. Theses (bachelor's, and master's theses) should be attached as well as other publications of relevance.

The announcements will contain specific information on what to submit with your application.

Announcements of PhD positions usually take place during spring, with programme start in September. The job positions are announced on the University of Gothenburg’s website.

Each PhD student will be appointed a principal supervisor and an assistant supervisor.

In accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance, an individual study plan must be drawn up for each doctoral student. It should include a timetable for the doctoral student's postgraduate education, a description of the mutual commitments the doctoral student and the Department have during the education period, as well as what is otherwise required for the education to be conducted effectively, such as access to supervision and peripheral resources (computers, workplace etc.).

The individual study plan is signed by the doctoral student, the principal supervisor, the doctoral examiner and the Head of Unit. The individual study plan must be followed up and revised by the supervisor, doctoral student and doctoral examiner before each semester, and approved by the Head of Department.

Study plan for the PhD programme in Human Geography

General study plan Human Geography (PDF)