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Become a PhD student and contribute with new knowledge

About PhD studies in social work

Doctoral studies deepen your knowledge within your field and give you training in scholarly thinking. During your doctoral studies you will develop independent and critically thinking and contribute with new knowledge.

The third level programme in social work comprises 240 higher education credits and concludes with the doctoral examination. The option is available to take a licentiate's examination after 120 higher education credits if the requirements specified in the Higher Education Ordinance’s degree ordinance concerning licentiate degrees are fulfilled.

Third level programmes consist partly of courses that are subsequently examined, and partly of individual research work leading to a scholarly thesis. Within the framework of their programmes, doctoral students shall also take part in seminar activities and, unless there are specific reasons, contribute to the department’s joint activities.


New students are admitted for PhD studies about once every two years.

The next  round of application is scheduled for January 2021. More information will be posted on the website closer to the application period. 

Procedure for selecting PhD students at the Department of Social Work

The procedure for selecting PhD students will be as follows. When the time for application has expired the qualifications of the applicants will be listed. The professors of the department make a preliminary ranking of the applicants. Those assessed to be the most qualified will be invited to an interview. The final decision rests with the Head of the department. The decision cannot be appealed.

General study programme for third level studies in social work, updated 2019

Photo: Sofia Sabel

Contact Information

Questions about admissions, courses, seminars, etc., please contact:
Lyudmyla Khrenova,
Postgraduate Studies administrator
Phone: 46 31-786 1900

Anette Skårner
Director of Postgraduate Studies
Phone: 46 31 786 1605
E-mail: Anette.skarner@socwork.gu.se

Page Manager: Ingegerd Franzon|Last update: 2/4/2020

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