Being admitted to Doctoral Education

The Committee for Doctoral Education (FUU) makes the decisions regarding admission of doctoral education.

The goal of the doctoral education

The doctoral education is intended to lead to a a licentiate degree or a PhD.

Someone who has been admitted to study towards a PhD can obtain a licentiate degree as a stage in their studies. Students who have been admitted to doctoral education to study towards a licentiate degree, and who later decide that they want to continue towards obtaining a PhD, must reapply. Students who have been admitted to doctoral education with the intention to take a licentiate degree and during the study period wants to change the final goal of the studies must make a notification for this, if there are funding opportunities for the entire study period. Before making a decision regarding admission, a discussion with the doctoral student must take place in order to clarify what his/her ultimate goals are with regard to their (licentiate or doctoral) studies.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted into doctoral education, the applicant is required to fulfil basic requirements, and fulfil the special requirements in accordance with the general study syllabus for each respective subject at research level. Furthermore, the applicant must have the ability to acquire the advanced learning of the doctoral education. Below you will find a description of basic requirements in the Higher Education Ordinance. Go to each respective subject's general study syllabus to see what the specific requirements are for each subject.

General entry requirements Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7. Section 39 A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Application for admission

To apply for doctoral education you must use a special application form (see below). Certified copies of grade certificates such as degree certificates, or any other document that the applicant wants to be considered, should be sent along with the application. As basis for an admission decision, the school must, aside from the applicant's documents, present documentation that clearly shows that necessary resources are available (supervision and what else is needed to complete the studies). The documentation must also show how the studies are to be financed. The application also requires that the director of studies makes a decision regarding the entry requirements. The application is signed by the applicant, the Head of School and the Director of Studies before it is handed over to the Committee for Doctoral Education.

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Transferring from another university

In the Higher Education Ordinance, it states that a university that has been given the right to award degrees at doctoral level within a certain area is allowed to decide whether a doctoral student that has been admitted to another university is allowed to transfer to that university, continue his/her education there, and graduate from there. However, this is only possible if the doctoral student has conducted the main part of their doctoral studies at the university and within the area to which the right to award a degree relates. Several doctoral students have chosen to transfer to Halmstad University's doctoral education. The same form that is used for new admissions is used for those who are transferring from another university.

Decision regarding admission

It is the Committee for Doctoral Education (FUU) that makes the decision regarding admission to doctoral education. The Research and Education Board have delegated this responsibility to the committee. It is the director of studies for the relevant subject that presents the matter of admission to the committee.

For more detailed information regarding the rules for admission to doctoral education, please read the University's admission regulations.

Difference between being admitted and being employed

It is important to distinguish between the admission and employment of doctoral students. All doctoral students at Halmstad University are admitted as doctoral students, but this does not mean that all doctoral students are employed by the University. A doctoral student can be employed by another university, by a company or by a public organisation while being admitted to doctoral education at Halmstad University.

Being employed as doctoral student

Most of the doctoral students at Halmstad University are employed by the University. Under vacant positions you can see what positions are currently advertised. For more information regarding what it means to be employed as a doctoral student, please see the University's appointments regulations. You can also find more information in the chapter Employment as a doctoral student.

Vacant positions at Halmstad University

Financing of studies at doctoral level

Doctoral studies at Halmstad University are normally funded through employment, either at Halmstad University (primarily via a doctoral studentship) or at another employer (external employment).

Types of financing/funding accepted at Halmstad University