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When PhD student positions in industrial design are available through a research project or through university funding, these will be announced on our website. 

The procedure for recruitment for PhD positions is done in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance (chapter 12, 2 §) and the decision regarding the position cannot be appealed. See the Umeå University web pages for PhD students for more information about admission and general requirements.

Competence requirements

To be admitted for studies at third-cycle (research education) level the applicant is required to have completed a second-cycle level (master level) degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are at second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from abroad or equivalent qualifications.

To fulfil the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in industrial design, the applicant is required to have completed at least 90 credits within the field of design, of which at least 30 credits shall have been acquired at second-cycle level. Applicants who in some other system either within Sweden or abroad have acquired largely equivalent skills are also eligible.

Type of position/Salary

PhD student will be enrolled in the PhD program at Umeå Institute of Design. The department at which a PhD student is enrolled is required to secure funding to the equivalent of 4 years of full time studies, and PhD students in Sweden are employed during the four or five years of PhD education. A PhD position equals a four-year full time employment, but since UID requires teaching or other departmental work up to 20%, this will lengthen the overall duration of the position to five years. Salary level and incremental increases in salary will occur according to a stipulated scale for PhD students at Umeå University. See information about this in the below linked documents.

Individual study & funding plan

Every doctoral student follows an individual study plan (ISP). It is a tool for planning and follow-up of each doctoral student's education. The doctoral student and the supervisors formulate the ISP together, and must perform a follow-up at least once a year.

Latest update: 2023-04-03