To be admitted to a postgraduate research position, a student must hold a university degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher, with a major in the same subject as the intended field of study. In most cases a master’s degree is required. The major must have included a degree thesis presenting the results of independent research.
Foreign students wishing to study for a PhD in Sweden are advised to prepare with a master’s degree in Sweden first, if a relevant programme is available in English. A Swedish master’s degree is likely to improve a student’s chances of being admitted to a PhD programme.
Specific requirements are set for each subject. For information about these, you should contact the department you are interested in. An assessment will also be made of the applicant’s suitability and his or her ability to complete doctoral studies. Students must also have a good command of English.
Many departments have no formal Swedish language requirements for admission to doctoral studies or research training. However, a good command of the language is essential in many subjects as lectures and seminars are often conducted in Swedish.
In some cases, students will be advised to attend Swedish language courses parallel to their doctoral studies.
Admission to doctoral studies and research training is restricted and competition is keen. Universities and university colleges can only admit students who are funded for the entire study period, or who have been awarded a postgraduate studentship (doktorandtjänst) or a study grant (utbildningsbidrag) by the university.