Lund University offers opportunities for doctoral education at all of its eight faculties. Research studies are an important part of the University’s remit and responsibility and as a doctoral candidate – as research students are called – you are an important part of the research community at Lund University.
Doctoral education cover 240 credits, which correspond to four years of full-time studies. In practice, it can often take a little longer to complete research studies. The programme concludes with a research thesis, the doctoral thesis.
For a Degree of Doctor or a Degree of Licentiate it is required that you as a doctoral student obtain all the learning objectives according to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance:
Degree of Doctor (PDF 172 kB; new window)
Degree of Doctor in the fine, applied and performing arts (PDF 160 kB; new window)
Degree of Licentiate (PDF 172 kB; new window)
Degree of Licentiate in the fine, applied and performing arts (PDF 195 kB; new window)
As a doctoral candidate you always have at least two supervisors to guide you through your study programme. One of them is appointed as your principal supervisor.
Doctoral programmes include independent study courses, thesis work and cooperation with the supervisor.
The structure of the study programme and the set requirements vary somewhat from one faculty or subject to another.
Most doctoral candidates have a doctoral position at their department. Teaching is formally not a part of the doctoral program although some teaching to students at undergraduate and graduate level may be performed in parallel with the doctoral education.
For each doctoral candidate, an individual study plan is to be set up to structure and organise the study programme. The study plan is established by the university in consultation with the main supervisor and the doctoral candidate. The study plan must describe the mutual commitments for the university and the doctoral candidate and also contain a clear timeline for the studies. The individual study plan is an important document which need to be updated continuously in cooperation with the main supervisor.
The structure of the doctoral program is governed by a general syllabi that exists for each doctoral program offered. The university's general syllabus for postgraduate education can be found here:
Read more about postgraduate education on our faculties' websites
- Higher Education Ordinance at the Council of Higher Education website
- Regulations for third-cycle education at Lund University I 2018 I (PDF 140 kB, new window)
- Admission rules for third-cycle education I 2017 I (PDF 92 kB, new window)
- Guidelines for prolongation of PhD study period following commissions of trust in student organisations and student representation at Lund University (Swe-PDF 93 kB, new window)
- PM extension of doctoral studentship on the grounds of Covid-19 (PDF 254 kB; new window)
Career development and courses for PhD students
Read about activities offered by Lund University that contributes to doctoral students’ career development.