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University of Gothenburg

Practical information to applicants for PhD position in Nordic Languages

The Department of Swedish has announced a funded position for a postgraduate student in Nordic Languages. A complete application must be submitted by midnight (24:00) on Friday 1 October 2021.

Doctoral position (Third cycle)

The PhD program starts on 1 February 2022. The content and scope follows the general syllabus for a doctoral degree in Nordic Languages. General and specific entrance requirements are described below. The monthly salary follows tariffs decided by the University of Gothenburg. Those appointed for the positions as PhD students are expected to locate their studies in the Department.


The application is to be made by means of the electronic form in the University of Gothenburg’s net-based Job Application Portal. For technical support concerning the Job Application Portal, please contact

Once completed, the form serves as the basis of your application. The application needs to be supplemented with various attachments for inspection by the referees appointed to assess your application. These attachments correspond to the four headlines presented in the instructions below. The files are to be named as in the instructions.

1. Educational certificate (name of file:”Applicant surname education”)

You must enclose an attested educational certificate that lists the courses you have completed. The certificate must demonstrate that you meet the general entrance requirements for postgraduate study as well as the specific entrance requirements specified in the general study plan for the postgraduate subject to which you are applying. If you do not meet the requirements specified under the heading “Behörighetskrav och förkunskapskrav” (”Entrance requirements”) in the study plan, then you must submit a separate document (”Anderson entrance requirements”) where you clearly state on what grounds your knowledge can be said to correspond to the general and specific entrance requirements.

2. Cover Letter (name of file:”Applicant surname cover letter”)

You must enclose a brief essay where you reflect on your motives for applying to the postgraduate programme. This text may be no more than 3,000 characters (incl. blank spaces), which corresponds to around one page of text with normal density, and may be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English.

3. Project description (name of file:”Applicant surname project”)

You must attach an independently written description of your intended thesis project. Before you write it you should study any detailed instructions listed in the general syllabus for your postgraduate subject. The project description may be no more than 24,000 characters (incl. blank spaces) including references, which corresponds to around eight pages of text with normal density, and may be written in Swedish or English.

Your thesis plan should contain a clear research problem in connection with your area of investigation, and you must motivate why this particular problem is worthy of closer investigation. The introduction of the research problem should lead to a description of the precise purpose of the investigation, which in turn may include examples of the questions you will seek to answer or the hypotheses you wish to test.

It should contain a brief survey of the research field to clarify what has previously been done in this area and how your own investigation relates to the existing works: what you wish to incorporate or develop further, but also what has so far been dealt with in an incomplete or unsatisfactory manner.

It should also contain a methodology section where you discuss and explain the tools and analytical techniques you wish implement within your research problem. Here you should also clarify the theoretical framework that serves as a foundation for your investigation, and also define the materials that you mainly intend to work with. The plan may also contain a preliminary outline of your dissertation, a list of envisaged research stages, as well as reflections on an overriding timeframe for the research process.

The plan should preferably be written in such a way that the points listed above are treated as links in a structurally and logically coherent argument where the initial formulation of your research problem serves as a foundation for everything that follows.

Note that the thesis plan is to be written by the applicant independently. Discussing the project with a potential supervisor, or asking general questions about what should be included in a project plan, is permitted but seeking help with writing the actual text is not. If the applicant has consulted someone regarding the thesis project, this must be stated explicitly along with contact information about the consultant.

4. Texts (name of file:”Applicant surname text 1”,”Applicant surname text 2” etc.)

Submit your advanced-level degree projects and any relevant publications. You may submit up to five texts; any additional texts can be added on a separate list.

For technical support concerning the Job Application Portal, please contact Questions related to the content of your application can be directed to the Director of postgraduate Studies at the Department: Stina Ericsson (

General entry requirements

To meet the basic entry requirements of doctoral programmes at the University of Gothenburg, applicants must have obtained a second-cycle degree, have completed studies of at least 240 higher education credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, have completed a corresponding programme in some other country or be able to demonstrate the possession of equivalent qualifications.

Specific entry requirements, Nordic languages: At least 120 higher education credits are required for admission to the third-cycle programme in Nordic languages. At least 30 credits must be from the advanced level courses and include a research paper of at least 15 credits. Applicants must have good reading skills in the languages necessary for the completion of obligatory course work and in order to be able to participate actively in department seminars.

Admission and selection

Applicants’ merits are to be reviewed by staff from each discipline. The committee for research and PhD-studies at the Department will subsequently place the most qualified of applicants in order of preference. The Head of Department will make the final decision on admission. All applicants will get a written statement.

The selection among qualified applicants shall be based on their ability to benefit from the study programme as provided in Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. Exams, essays, publications and project drafts are assessed based on the following criteria: a) Relevance of research (significance to knowledge development in the research area, together with relation to previous research, theory and method). b) Feasibility of research (pertinent methods and sources) c) Novelty of research (independence in relation to traditions of the subject)

Admission and selection will be done according to the merits of the applicants, but is also conditional on the Department’s supervisory resources within the doctoral student´s focus.

A preliminary decision and evaluations of applicants will be communicated to the applicants by the 17th of December, 2021.