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Doctoral education in Health and Lifestyle

- with specialisation in nursing science, disability studies and sports psychology.

Halmstad University is licensed to conduct postgraduate studies in the field of Health and Lifestyle with nursing science, disability studies and sports psychology.

The postgraduate programme, which began in spring 2014, is an important step for Halmstad University and its development towards a value-adding, innovation-driven and community developing institution.

Further information of the research groups within CVHI can be found via the following links: Group for Health-Promotion processes (GHP),
Group for Research on Sport, Health and Physical Activity (IHF) and the

Wigforss group that conduct research on the welfare system´s importance and significance for vulnerable groups.

You can contact the director of studies for further information postgraduate studies: Carin Staland Nyman

In order to prevent and reduce disparities in health and lifestyle of individuals and groups in society, there is a great need for knowledge-based work in both the welfare sector and the healthcare sector. The postgraduate programme in Health and Lifestyle contributes to the knowledge of individual and collective conditions and changes, interactions between health and lifestyle, as well as knowledge of the various processes of change to create better health and well-being of both the individual and groups.

Information and structure regarding the postgraduate programme in Health and Lifestyle

As a postgraduate student, you will be pursuing your research studies through both study and research. You will be admitted to a postgraduate programme in health and lifestyle that will lead to a Licentiate degree (equivalent to two years of study) or a PhD (equivalent to four years of study). A licentiate degree comprises of 120 credits and a PhD 240 credits; of which certain areas are course credits while the remainder is research work.

Postgraduate studies are often conducted on a full-time basis but can also be conducted on a part-time basis; however, no less than a minimum of 50% full-time. As a PhD student, you will participate in so-called departmental duties such as e.g. teaching or course administrative work (maximum 20% of full time). This implies that it takes approximately 5 years for a postgraduate student studying full-time to complete his/her PhD.

Areas for thesis projects can be initiated on the basis of research projects within the research environment (CVHI) or can also be initiated by the student him/herself. However, funding must be assured for the entire period that research studies are conducted.

Upon admittance to the postgraduate programme, you will be appointed a supervisor in connection to your thesis project. Your supervisor will assist you with scientific expertise and be of assistance in the implementation of your thesis.

How do I become a postgraduate student within the postgraduate programme?

To become a postgraduate/research student in the health and lifestyle postgraduate education, you must first of all be admitted to the postgraduate programme. Decisions upon admission to the PhD programme are made by the University's Research and Education Committee. To be admitted to the postgraduate education, you must need to be employed as a postgraduate student or have another job at the university where the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies are available. However, you can in certain cases be employed by another employer and, by special agreement with the university, pursue research studies.

Vacant postgraduate positions will be, among other places, advertised via the University's website ( (jobba hos oss). The services advertised may be linked to specific research projects or, in certain cases, have a more open focus where the student together with the supervisor decide upon the project´s content based on research subjects that are considered relevant by the university and research environment. All postgraduate positions are applied for and judged upon by standard assessment criteria.

Updated 2018-02-27