Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / Department of Educational Studies

Karlstad University takes pride in combining active external cooperation with academic excellence. Karlstad University has around 16 000 students and a staff of over 1 200 members. Democratic principles, equality and diversity are cornerstones of the University. We value the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and competencies among students and staff. Read more about working at Karlstad University at https://www.kau.se/en/work-with-us


The Department of Educational Studies advertises a doctoral studentship. The focus of the doctoral programme will be aligned with ongoing research in the department. The departmental website includes several links where you can read more about our researchers and our research: https://www.kau.se/en/faculty-arts-and-social-sciences/about-faculty/departments-and-disciplines/department-educational

The doctoral studentship

The doctoral studentship involves four years of full-time study and leads up to a doctoral degree. Applicants who have already completed a licentiate degree in the area of study can be given credit for two years of full-time study, which means that the doctoral study programme will comprise two years of full-time study. If the doctoral studentship includes 20% of other teaching-related or administrative tasks at the department, the position may last for five years.

The doctoral student is expected to be based at Karlstad University and contribute to the study environment of the doctoral programme as well as relevant research environments in Educational Work.


For admission to doctoral studies, applicants must meet the requirements of both general and specific eligibility and be assessed as generally capable of completing the study programme (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 7 sect. 35).

General eligibility for admission requires a second-cycle qualification of at least 240 ECTS credits, including at least 60 ECTS credits at second-cycle level, or largely equivalent knowledge acquired in Sweden or abroad.

A specific eligibility requirement for doctoral studies in Educational Work is a Bachelor of Arts in Education, or largely equivalent knowledge acquired otherwise, in Sweden or abroad.


Admission is based on individual assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, including among other things study results, with special emphasis on the quality of submitted independent research-related work, and the applicant’s capacity to complete a programme at doctoral level successfully (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 7 sect. 35). This is why a research plan (approximately 5 pages) outlining the planned thesis project and how it relates to one of the relevant areas of study and research must be included in the application. The research plan will be evaluated both in terms of quality and in terms of relevance for the research domain in question.

Previous experience of research in relevant areas and good oral and written proficiency in both Swedish and English are useful qualifications.

The doctoral studentship in Educational Work involves collaboration in existing research environments and research projects. For this reason, the applicant needs to exhibit the ability to work both independently and in a group.


Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. The application should include:

  • A brief cover letter (1000 words) which describes the applicant’s background and interest in the position and doctoral studies,
  • A list of qualifications (CV) with certified copies of grades, certificates and so on,
  • Copies of essays from the C, D, and E levels that the applicant would like to refer to,
  • If applicable, copies of other research texts, for example articles or books/book chapters which indicate the applicant’s capacity to complete a programme at doctoral level successfully,
  • A text (2000 words) where the applicant gives an account of his or her planned thesis project and how it relates to the research profiles Geomedia/NODE, and
  • Two letters of recommendation and contact information to two references.


Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links to them). More information about applications and the recruitment procedures of Karlstad University can be found on our webpage: https://www.kau.se/en/work-us/work/vacancies

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent in three copies to: Karlstads universitet
State the ref. no: REK 2020/13.

Last day of application: 8 March 2020

We look forward to your application!


Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.  

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2020/18
  • Björn Eliasson, prefekt, 054 - 700 24 06
  • Ann-Britt Enochsson, ämnesföreträdare, 054 - 700 19 08
  • Annelie Anderson, studierektor, 054 - 700 24 89
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054 700 1404
Published 06.Feb.2020
Last application date 08.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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