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OPEN POSITIONS Doctoral Student in Musical Performance and Interpretation

The Academy of Music and Drama is located in the Artisten building in central Gothenburg and is part of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg. The department trains and educates composers; musical artists; musicians in multiple genres; music, dance and theatre teachers; opera singers; performance artists and actors, and has more than 600 students and 200 employees. The Academy of Music and Drama also conducts development work, postgraduate studies and research and engages in extensive outreach activities.

Subject description

The third-cycle subject area of musical performance and interpretation covers the entire field of music, regardless of genre or form of expression. The doctoral education is within one of the specialisations of interpretation, composition, improvisation or theory. The education will lead to a doctor of philosophy or doctor of philosophy in fine arts and provides training in relevant academic and artistic methods and theories. It is characterised by a conscious pursuit of interaction between traditional artistic and academic working models.

The aim is to educate artistic music researchers, musicians and composers with the ability to independently conduct research projects that contribute to knowledge and method development in the subject field. Studies result in a dissertation based on the student’s own artistic practice that examines issues relevant to the field of music, artistic research and society in general.


Job assignments

The studentship comprises 240 higher education credits (HEC), equivalent to four years of full-time study. This consists of at least 60 HEC for courses and 150 HEC for a dissertation. The courses are organised, in part, through compulsory basic courses, seminars and conferences at a research school operated in collaboration with the two other departments of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg, and, in part, through compulsory doctoral seminars at the department.

The dissertation includes the student’s own research and performance work, which will lead to a doctoral dissertation.

As a doctoral student, you will be a member of the performing arts teaching staff at the Academy of Music and Drama and you are expected to be involved through teaching at the first-cycle (bachelor) and second-cycle (master) levels. Similarly, your active participation in the research environment at both the department and the faculty means that you are physically present and participate in daily work.

After agreement with the doctoral student, the employment may include departmental duties of up to 20 per cent of full-time distributed throughout the length of the programme. In the event of employment that includes departmental duties, the position is extended with the corresponding amount of time.

A good grasp of English is a prerequisite as the research and doctoral education are conducted in an international setting.

The Academy of Music and Drama encourages its teachers and doctoral students to participate in the university’s courses related to teaching and learning in higher education if equivalent knowledge has not already been attained. These courses also extend the doctoral studentship and are excellent merits for the doctoral student’s future CV.


Research environment

Doctoral studies in the fine, applied and performing arts and research have a relatively short history at Swedish higher education institutions. In the last decade, the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg has built up an environment where research and education are able to cooperate, an environment that allows both cross-subject and cross-faculty research projects strongly focused on artistic exploration. Doctoral students meet regularly in interdisciplinary forums, both within the department and at the faculty level.

The Academy of Music and Drama and the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts participate in several international networks with partners from around the world, including within music, the performing arts, education and artistic research.



According to chapter 7, section 39, of the Higher Education Ordinance, a person meets the general entry requirements if she or he:

  • has been awarded a master’s (second-cycle) qualification, or
  • has fulfilled course requirements comprising 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits were awarded at master’s (second-cycle) level, or
  • has, on the whole, acquired the equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

The Dean at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts may grant an exemption from the general entry requirements. However, to meet entry requirements, the applicant must be assessed to have the overall ability required to complete the doctoral (third-cycle) programme.

Specific entry requirements for the subject Musical performance and interpretation are:

  • at least 120 higher education credits (or the equivalent) in subjects that are assessed as having relevance to doctoral (third-cycle) studies in the subject, (or equivalent knowledge),
  • a documented study specialisation including subjects oriented towards relevant issues in the subject,
  • a Pass grade in an independent project comprising at least 30 higher education credits (or, alternatively, several projects, which, together, are the equivalent of, or are assessed as being the equivalent of 30 higher education credits) in a subject that is assessed as having relevance to the artistic doctoral programme in the subject,
  • documented artistic experience and ability to work with artistic performance on a high professional level. 

An applicant also meets the specific entry requirements if he or she has acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

The Dean at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts may grant an exemption from the specific entry requirements for admission to doctoral (third-cycle) studies.



Applicants, meeting the minimum and specific entry requirements, are selected based on their ability to benefit from the education, as specified by the selection criteria in the research subject’s general study plan.

Interviews are a part of the selection process. These will take place on May 9–24 and are a prerequisite for admission.

For qualifications and preferred experience and education, see the general study plans:

Doctor of Philosophy in Musical performance and interpretation
Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts in Musical performance and interpretation


Form of employment: Temporary 4-year position
Scope: 100%
Location: Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg
Start: 1 September 2018

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for doctoral studies are specified in SFS 1998:80. Only individuals admitted to doctoral studies may be appointed to the position.

A new appointment to a doctoral studentship is valid for a maximum of one year. The appointment may be extended for no more than two years at a time. However, the total length of appointment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral studies.


Appointment procedure    

The recruitment group’s work is led by the head of Musical performance and interpretation. In addition, the recruiting group includes researchers at the department, a doctoral student representative, the director of studies for doctoral education and two external researchers. Each application is reviewed by several people. The leading applicants will be invited to interviews.


For further information regarding the position

Anders Carlsson, Director of studies: anders.carlsson@hsm.gu.se

Maria Bania, Head of Doctoral programmes Musical performance and interpretation: maria.bania@hsm.gu.se



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives


How to apply

To apply for admittance to doctoral studies through the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal, click on the “Apply” button. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their application is complete in accordance with the advertisement for the position and that it is submitted by the closing date.

The size of the files that you can upload is maximized to 30 mb. Formats that are possible to upload are: doc, docx, rtf, pdf, gif, mp3, mp4, jpeg, zip, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, msg.

Publications that cannot be attached digitally to your application should be sent to: HSM, Anders Carlsson, Box 210, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden with the notation “DNR PAR 2018/42” and should be received no later than 18 March 2018.

Given that applications may be reviewed by international experts, it is preferable for applications and their annexes to be submitted in English. If the application is written in Swedish, it may be translated. In case of a discrepancy between the translated document and the Swedish original, the Academy of Music and Drama does not take responsibility for the translation.

Once you have logged in to the application form, you will be asked to upload a project description, maximum 6 pages (not including bibliography), of the research project you want to complete as a dissertation project. This is to include a description of the project’s purpose, content and methods as well as a realistic implementation plan with a schedule. The description is to include a discussion of the project’s relevance and importance for the artistic field. The application should also contain a personal discussion of expected outcomes and benefits of the completed doctoral education.

NB! If you do not have any scientific publications to attach, please upload an empty document. The application system requires this in order to register you application.

Additional information about doctoral education at the University at Gothenburg, including university-wide doctoral student regulations, can be found at www.doktorand.gu.se.


Closing date 2018-03-18


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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