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Doctoral studies & supervision

Here you will find information on doctoral studies (PhD) at the Faculty of Social Sciences – from general syllabi and courses to funding and supervision. The information is for both current doctoral students and supervisors.

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The Faculty of Social Sciences offers doctoral studies in twelve subjects. The programmes are comprised of 240 higher education credits (four years) and conclude with a doctoral degree. There is also the option of taking a licentiate's degree after 120 higher education credits (two years).

The faculty is responsible for coordination and quality assurance of doctoral studies. The Faculty Board determines issues such as establishment and phasing out of subjects for doctoral studies, general syllabi, as well as principles within the framework of Lund University’s decisions.

On the pages linked below you find more information on:

Specific departmental information

For more specific information on your doctoral studies, please go to your department's website: 

Other support


Åsa Lundqvist
Vice Dean 
Head of Research and Research studies
+46 46 222 36 15
asa [dot] lundqvist [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se (asa[dot]lundqvist[at]soc[dot]lu[dot]se)

Helen Wiman
Faculty Coordinator
+46 46 222 48 35
helen [dot] wiman [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se

Doctoral studies Library support

The Social Sciences Faculty Libraries offers a Canvas platform describing the libraries' research support for doctoral students, for example research data management, reference management and LUCRIS support.

Doctoral studies Library Support – Social Sciences Faculty Libraries (link to Canvas)

Staff pages

On the Lund University Staff pages you can find university-wide information for doctoral students, for example on terms of employment and how to finance the research studies.

Doctoral studies - Staff Pages

Student unions

The Social Science Doctoral Student Council (SDR) is a part of Lunds Doctoral Student Union and represents all doctoral students at the faculty. 
Contact: sdr [at] ldk [dot] lu [dot] se
SDR on Facebook

SDR has put together a PhD and Post-doc guide for life at Lund University. The guide is aimed at all new doctoral students (especially those who may be unfamiliar with Sweden) at the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

PhD and Post-doc guide for life at Lund University (PDF 692 kB, new tab)