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Doctoral studies

Are you interested in learning more and deepening your knowledge of a particular field of study? Are you interested in contributing to the production of new knowledge? Why not look into doctoral studies at Umeå University?

Doctoral studies involve four years of full-time study, which include a number of courses and a doctoral thesis.

Besides acquiring in-depth knowledge of a field of study, you will also cultivate your critical and analytical thinking.

During your studies, you get to solve problems independently as you prepare for a professional career within academia, or the business or public sector.

Doctoral students at Umeå University are regarded as employees and also receive a salary and other standard benefits of employment. Instead of applying directly for a doctoral level programme, candidates must apply for an available doctoral position that are published on our Work with us site.


To be accepted as a doctoral student you are required:

  • to fulfil the entrance qualifications for the subject in question, or
  • to show that you have other abilities that are necessary to complete the education.


If you are interested in taking on doctoral studies, you should first contact the department that conducts education and research in your field of interest.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Science and Technology

Admission regulations

The Admission regulations for doctoral education contains the rules that Umeå University adheres to for application, qualification and selection.

Admission regulations for doctoral education

Further reading

More information can be found in the Swedish Council for Higher Education's information for doctoral studies. There you will find more detailed information and links to the current legislation that regulates doctoral studies at Swedish universities.

Swedish Council for Higher Education's website

Latest update: 2023-10-18