For those who want to pursue doctoral education
As a doctoral student, the student is engaged in doctoral education with the aim of the education resulting in a PhD and / or Licentiate degree.
This information is aimed for those who are interested in doctoral education at Halmstad University. For more general information about doctoral education in Sweden, see phdhandbook.se produced by Sweden's United Student Unions’ doctoral student committee.
As a doctoral student, the student is engaged in doctoral education with the aim of the education resulting in a PhD and / or Licentiate degree. The Licentiate degree is an independent exam or a recognised level leading to a doctoral degree, and normally requires two years of full-time studies. To obtain a doctoral degree requires four years of full-time studies. In practice, it takes longer to complete the education, as a doctoral student also tends to participate in other work such as teaching.
Doctoral education at Halmstad University
In 2010, the University was given the right to issue licentiate and doctoral degrees in two fields: Information Technology and Innovation Sciences. The first doctoral student was admitted at Halmstad University in 2011. In 2013 the University was given the right to issue degrees in a third field, Health and Lifestyle.
There are also doctoral students at Halmstad University who are registered at other universities/institutes but are employed by the University. Several of these are supervised by researchers at the University. At Halmstad University, there are about 100 doctoral students in a variety of subjects/fields.
Within the field of Information Technology, there is doctoral education in three subjects: Computer Science and Engineering, Informatics and Signals, and Systems Engineering. Doctoral education in Information Technology is led by the research environment Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS).
The name of the research subject is identical to the field of Innovation Sciences. Doctoral education in the field of Innovation Sciences is led by the research environment Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
Health and Lifestyle
Doctoral education in this field is led by the research environment Center for Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
General study syllabi
Here you can find the established general study syllabus of the subjects in the doctoral education at Halmstad University.
Guidelines and forms
PhD student position
Most doctoral students at Halmstad University have a PhD student position at the University. In regards to vacant positions, it is possible to see which jobs are advertised at the University right now. To learn more about what it means and requires to be employed as a doctoral student see the University's employment regulations.
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).
Rules for financing of doctoral level studies
General information on financing and resource management for doctoral students
Studies at doctoral level at Halmstad University are normally financed via employment, either at Halmstad University (primarily via a doctoral studentship) or by another employer(external employment). The financing or funding of doctoral studies can also, in exceptional cases, be via scholarships from external financiers or, if student financing can be guaranteed throughout the entire education period, via a retirement pension. The financing of doctoralstudies by other means is not allowed upon admission to a doctoral education at Halmstad University.
In the cases of funding via scholarships or within the framework of external employment, the financial contribution received by the doctoral student shall correspond to the salary paid to a doctoral student at Halmstad University after tax.
Regardless of which funding source is used, the University must assess whether there are financial possibilities for admission as well as in agreement with the Higher Education Ordinance, assess that the required funding is guaranteed throughout the entire education period, and that the required supervisory resources and acceptable study conditions are fully available. In all cases, the undertaken education must be completed within four years in the case of a licentiate degree and eight years in the case of a doctoral degree.
Financing via employment at Halmstad University
Studies at doctoral level at Halmstad University are to be primarily financed via a doctoral studentship. Financing via some other employment position at the University (in addition to a doctoral studentship) may be accepted in cases where the applicant is allowed to work on his/her doctoral education for at least 50% of full-time employment.
Financing via external employment
Financing concerning external employment may be accepted in cases where the applicant's employer agrees that work concerning the student's doctoral education accounts for at least 50% of full-time employment. Agreements of financing concerning external employment shall be governed by an agreement between the financing employer and the relevant school.
Funds for doctoral students via scholarships from external financiers is applied with restrictiveness. Scholarship funding is solely to provide funding for studies at doctoral level when the legal criteria for scholarship management are met and the relevant school has insight into the necessary policies and regulations concerning the scholarship and how it is disbursed.
The University will not accept any form of scholarship funding, which includes terms and conditions that may imply that the doctoral student is liable to have to pay back the scholarship.
It is important to note that doctoral students funded via scholarships are not covered by collective agreement benefits such as parental pay, sick pay etc. The doctoral student's situation concerning social benefits depends on citizenship, duration in Sweden etc.
Rules for financing/funding concerning studies at doctoral level at Halmstad University [länk till dokument]
If you would like to know more about Halmstad University's doctoral education and what it is like to be a doctoral student, please contact the Director of Studies of the field you are interested in.