How does one become a PhD student?

Eligibility

The entry requirements for postgraduate education are as follows:

  • General entry requirement, i.e. a degree at advanced level (Master's level) or fulfill the requirements for courses comprising of at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits are at advanced level  (Master's level) or the equivalent. 
  • Specific entry requirement, i.e. knowledge gained from university education or equivalent or specific vocational experience. 
  • The applicant must be judged to have the ability needed to complete the postgraduate education.

Advertisement of positions

Available positions as doctoral student are advertised, by the department offering postgraduate education in the subject/specialisation, so that those who are interested can apply for the position within a specified time (deadline). Advertisements can be made at central level or at department/section level. The Faculty does not have a single common enrolment date for all departments. 

Application

Application for enrolment into postgraduate education is made on a special form, directly to the department offering that subject/specialisation. To be eligable for postgraduate education you must meet the general and the specific entry requirements and be judged to have the ability to complete the postgraduate education. The specific entry requirements are stated in  the curriculum for the subject/specialisation

Admission

The head of the department of the subject/specialization accepts doctoral students. Doctoral students with other funding than employment as doctoral student at Uppsala University, i.e. industry-based doctoral students, students with their own funds (such as scholarships), students employed at another higher education institution, part-time students, and licentiate students, are accepted by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of the Postgraduate Education Board.

Admission is decided after consultation with the supervisors at the department. The admission decision shall specify research professor and supervisors (at least two). One of these must be appointed as main supervisor. An individual study plan should be drawn up in connection with an admission.