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The period of acceptance is May for the academic year starting in September. Detailed information regarding the application process is published on this site's home page when new doctoral positions are announced.

The doctoral program is designed as four years of full-time studies. In terms of the Swedish university credit system, the program comprises of 240 credits (1.5 credit = 1 week of study, 30 credits = 1 semester of full-time study). There are two main components of the program: course work (60 credits) and work in connection with the PhD dissertation, including seminars, theoretical work, data collection of different kinds, problem analysis, thesis authorship and supervision  by highly qualified tutors (180 credits). Faculty funding normally finances the PhD positions; however some positions may also be linked to specific research programs and projects and that have a particular focus. 

Qualifications expected

To be considered for admission to PhD studies in Human Geography, the applicant must have completed at least a bachelor´s degree or the equivalent to 240 Swedish university credits (including at least 60 credits at an advanced level) from a recognized university or third level institution. 

Specific entry requirements for admission to postgraduate studies in Human Geography are that the completion of an equivalent to 90 Swedish university credits in Human Geography, or other academic qualifications assessed by the recruitment committee to be of an equivalent level. Applicants who completed undergraduate studies by 1 July 2007 in Sweden with at least 120 ‘old’ Swedish university credits will be considered eligible until 31 June 2015.

Criteria for assessing applications to the PhD program

National PhD courses

The department of human Geography is part of a national network of geography departments that cooperate to offer PhD courses. An average of four courses per year are offered in the network

The national PhD courses


For more information, please contact: Associate Professor David Jansson, director of postgraduate studies


tel: +46 (0)18-471 2518

Last modified: 2022-09-15