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Doctoral studies

This is the highest formal educational level and is aimed at providing a qualified programme for those who want to work on research and development issues both inside and outside higher education.

The Faculty of Social Science offers programmes in eleven subjects. The programmes comprise 240 higher education credits (four years) and conclude with the doctoral examination. There is also the option of taking a licentiate's examination after 120 higher education credits (two years).

The Faculty is responsible for coordination and quality assurance of doctoral studies. The Faculty Board determines issues such as establishment and phasing out of subjects for third cycle programmes, general curricula, as well as principles within the framework of the University’s normative decisions.


The Faculty of Social Science offers doctoral programmes in the following subjects:


Educational Science in Social Sciences

(only in Swedish)

Educational science in social science is a subject connected to teacher education and pedagogical work, and it includes the society’s political and economic structure as well as its organisational, family and individual level. The subject deals with fundamental problems concerning the human’s experiences and actions, partly as an individual, partly in interaction with other humans and as part of social, cultural, political and economic social processes and institutions.

Educational science in social science has a given connection to the content of the school’s society oriented subjects and the school subject civics, but also comprises the study of different structural and institutional factors that concern the organisation of education and learning in the society.

Contact person: Karl-Fredrik Ahlmark

Environmental Social Science

The research programme Environmental social science was officially started by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Department of Global Studies in July 2013. The programme is an interdisciplinary research programme that meets a growing demand for researchers, decision makers and experts who are able to carry out transdisciplinary work and develop new theoretical and methodological tools for studying the dynamics between society and the environment.

Contact person: Annica Kronsell

Journalism, media and communication

The doctoral programme in Journalism, media and communication is mainly characterised by its social scientific aspect and empirical orientation. The research within the area is conducted partly from a democracy perspective where questions on power, publicity and opinion formation are central, and partly from a public perspective where questions on structure, use and influence are central.

Contact person: Magnus Fredriksson

Social Anthropology

The research field of Social anthropology is, in its broadest sense, the comparative cultural research – a to the highest degree socially relevant research area in the internationalised, multi ethnic Sweden and the globalised world at large – with the purpose of understanding how humans understand and organise their world. More than just understanding other societies from native perspectives, this means a better understanding of our own society and of that which we take for granted.

Contact person: Lisa Åkesson

Social Work

The aims of this programme are to develop such knowledge and skills that are required for independently conducting research within Social work and for contributing to the development of knowledge within the subject by producing a scientific thesis.

The doctoral programme in Social work also aims to develop the doctoral students’ abilities to turn over acquired scientific skills and knowledge in continued research work or in other qualified professional work. The programme will further develop the doctoral students’ communicative and pedagogical skills, so as to express themselves well in speech and in writing both within and outside of academic contexts.

Contact person: Anette Skårner


The subject Sociology is characterised by a theoretical and methodological breadth which is also reflected in the research that is conducted at the department, among other things including social movements, criminology, labour market, welfare issues, sociology of emotions and research within areas such as environment, technology, health and health care. Within Sociology it is possible to study the doctoral programme with a specialisation towards technology and scientific studies.

Contact person: Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand

Peace and Development Research

The doctoral programme in Peace and development research is based on the two founding disciplines of the subject: International relations and Global development studies. The doctoral programme can include a specialisation towards peace and conflict issues or development issues. It can also include studies on the relationship between peace and development.

Contact person: Johan Karlsson Schaffer

Political Science

Through a broad orientation on the research development in the subject, the doctoral student is made familiar with the theoretical and methodological main fields of study of Political science and is conveyed further subject knowledge and skills in research methodology. Following guidelines that have been compiled in the internationally leading doctoral programmes, our programme prioritises subject specific breadth and methodological pluralism. The doctoral programme in Political science is conducted in close cooperation with the research at the department.

Contact person: Mikael Persson


The doctoral programme in Psychology is specialised towards basic psychological principles and processes that help us better understand and predict human behaviour in different contexts and during different phases of life. The programme focuses on defined empirical questions where the doctoral students are expected to conduct reconstructive and internationally competitive research. The doctoral students are closely connected to one of the department’s research groups, which means that they are exposed to the international scientific society already during the doctoral education. Within the doctoral programme there is a strong method tradition and also often interdisciplinary cooperation with researchers within other disciplines, which provides good conditions for a continued career inside as well as outside of the academia.

Contact person: Jan Johansson Hanse

Public Administration

Within the subject Public administration, the doctoral programme is primarily given as vocational education and training for researchers, and leads to a licentiate degree or a doctoral degree. The licentiate degree demonstrates some proficiency in the subject, while the doctoral thesis can be regarded a valid apprentice degree project. The doctoral programme at the School of Public Administration also provides a breadth and depth in the subject Public administration. The programme composes qualified further education that includes theoretical in-depth specialisation, breadth and methodological training.

Contact person: David Karlsson

Work Science

Work science is an interdisciplinary subject that includes many different perspectives on work and working life. The doctoral programme is conducted in close cooperation with the research at the department as well as in cooperation with national and international contacts, through for instance FALF’s national graduate school (the Swedish Forum for working life).

Contact person: Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand



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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-08-07