PhD studies at Uppsala University

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Uppsala University, like most universities in Sweden, regards PhD students as employees. Rather than apply for a doctoral programme, candidates must apply for an available doctoral position. PhD applications are handled by respective departments. 

In addition to postgraduate studies, doctoral students are usually offered some form of departmental service such as administration or teaching for up to 20 per cent of their time.

Open PhD positions

Four years of study

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Our PhD programmes give students the knowledge and skills to conduct independent research, a deep understanding of the subject area, and the ability to teach others.

Uppsala University’s PhD programmes are comprised of courses and a dissertation in which students carry out a unique and significant individual research project. The project may result in either a monograph thesis, which is a cohesive scientific work, or a compilation thesis consisting of several scientific articles and a summary.

A PhD degree is equivalent to four years of full-time study; however, after two years of studies students can graduate with a licentiate degree.

To be admitted as a doctoral student, candidates must:

  • fulfil the entry requirements
  • possess good English language skills
  • have the ability to cope with the programme

Insurance for doctoral students with stipends

Uppsala University provides insurance cover for doctoral students whose studies are funded through a stipend. This insurance consists of three parts:

  • Sickness benefit
  • Parental benefit
  • Temporary parental benefit

International PhD students are also covered by Uppsala University’s group and personal insurance that provides accident insurance around the clock.

These insurances are both managed by the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet). Please note that illness, parental benefit or withdrawal of temporary parental benefit must be reported to no later than on the second day of sick leave or parental leave.

More information, terms and conditions regarding insurance is available on Kammarkollegiet’s website:

Last modified: 2022-07-05