Doctoral studies

The Faculty of Arts have PhD studies in twenty different areas. Every year we have between twenty and thirty PhD students recieving their diplomas.

Doctoral education involves four years of full-time study, which includes a number of courses and a thesis. Besides acquiring in-depth knowledge of a field of study, you will also cultivate your critical and analytical thinking. During your education you get to solve problems independently as you prepare for a professional career within academia, business or the public sector. To be accepted as a doctoral student you are required:

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

If you are interested in commencing doctoral education at Umeå University you should first look for current vacancies via the Open positions link below, and then contact the directors of doctoral studies in the department that conducts education and research in your field of interest.

The Admissions Code for doctoral education contains the rules that Umeå University adheres to for application, qualification and selection. More information can be found in the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education's pages for Doctoral studies. There you will find more detailed information and links to the current legislation that regulates postgraduate studies at Swedish universities.

Open positions

Umeå's Faculty of Arts Doctoral College


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Directors of Doctoral Studies

Creative Studies (Teacher Education)
Art, Dance and Movement, Media, Music, Textile, Wood and Metal
Eva Skåreus

Historical, Philosophical and Religious studies
Archaeology, Educational History and History Didactics, History, History of Science and Ideas, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.
Peter Lindström

Culture and media studies
Ethnology, Cultural Analysis, Art History, Literary Studies, Museology, Media and Communication Studies, and Journalism.
Richard Pettersson

Language Studies
Educational Work, Language Teaching and Learning, Linguistics, Literature, and Sami Studies (in collaboration with the Centre for Sami Research).
Christian Waldmann