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


In collaboration with the Centre for Social Science Didactics (CSD) and Religious Studies at Karlstad University, the Department of Educational Studies is accepting applications for a doctoral studentship in Educational Work with focus on religious education. Educational Work is a cross-disciplinary subject and a profession-oriented area of knowledge that focuses on the practice-based issues and phenomena that are central in educational work. The subject encompasses the work of pupils and teachers, the socialisation and learning of children and young people inside and outside the classroom, as well as other situations related to teaching and learning. More information about our research is available here.

Research in the field of religious studies at Karlstad University has a strong emphasis on contemporary, lived religion, social relevance, and field studies, looking at religion from a local, national, and international perspective with a particular focus on India.  You can find more information here. Research at CSD focuses on subject-specific education and is characterised by a close link between theory and practice and is often conducted in close collaboration with schools and teacher education programmes. You can read more about CSD here.

Religious education looks at how religion is taught and studied in different contexts and needs to be based on subject-specific education theory and method as well as solid knowledge of religion and the methodological and theoretical study of religion. The doctoral studentship will focus on religious education research of relevance to teaching religion in school. The applicant’s research plan should relate to CSD’s strategic plan (available here) to strengthen the subject-specific education research and the foundation of knowledge for religious education in school.

A doctoral student is primarily expected to engage in their doctoral studies. The doctoral programme comprises 240 credits for a Degree of Doctor, including the doctoral thesis, and 120 credits for a Degree of Licentiate. The doctoral student is expected to work independently and be prepared to contribute to the activities and development of the subject and the department. The position will be placed with CSD and the Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies. Upon agreement, teaching and administrative duties may also be included, referred to as departmental duties. Such duties may not constitute more than 20% of full-time. To contribute to a positive work environment and further the department’s activities, we expect you to be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for doctoral studies, the applicant must meet the general and specific entry requirements (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 35). To meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have been awarded a second-cycle qualification, satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad (Higher Education Ordinance Chap. 7, Sect. 39).

To meet the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in Educational Work, the applicant must have completed a degree in education in Sweden or abroad. An applicant can also meet the specific entry requirements by in some other way having acquired equivalent prerequisite knowledge, in the Sweden or abroad. Applicants who do not hold a degree in education must specify in the application what they wish to refer to as equivalent knowledge.

Admission and assessment criteria

The assessment will focus on the applicant’s performance in previous studies, the quality of degree projects and other publications, research plan, language skills, and whether the applicant intends to be a present and active part of the research environment. Special weight will be given to the contents and structure of the research plan, where the applicant describes the intended thesis project. The research plan of approximately 1,000-2,500 words should outline the intended thesis project and its research domain, theory, and method, as well as how it relates to the above-stated research specialisation. Considerable weight will be given to personal qualities such as the ability to cooperate, take responsibility, show sound judgement, dedication, and a positive attitude towards colleagues and students. Master’s level studies with a specialisation in religious studies and/or history of religions are valuable qualifications.

The doctoral studentship in Educational Work also involves active participation in research and seminar environments. In addition, applicants should be proficient in spoken and written English.


Upon admission to doctoral studies, the candidate will be employed on a doctoral studentship (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 5, Sect. 3). The position comprises four years of full-time studies, or five years at a study rate of 80% with 20% teaching or other departmental duties. The position is fixed-term — one year initially, followed by possible extensions by a maximum of two years at a time. Start date 1 august or by agreement.  The salary for the doctoral studentship corresponds to the standard level of salary for doctoral students at Karlstad University.


Submit the application via the university’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi.

Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement, for providing translations of any documents written in a language other than Swedish or English, and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

- a cover letter where the applicant details the reasons behind their interest in the position

- a list of qualifications (CV)

- degree certificate with a complete transcript of the courses included, or a certified list of completed courses with grades and dates

- copy of the Master’s thesis or equivalent

- where applicable, copies of publications and certificates for other qualifications

- a brief research plan (1,000-2,500 words) outlining the intended thesis project, its research domain, theory, and method

- two references, such as a teacher, supervisor, or previous or current superior

Applicants with qualifications from abroad

If you have qualifications from a university outside Sweden or if they have not been recognised by a Swedish authority before, it is important that you attach degree certificates and official transcripts to facilitate the recognition of foreign qualifications.

Provide a contact for the degree-awarding institution (phone number or email) who can verify your qualifications.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to the following address:

Karlstads universitet


Kadrije Rama


Application deadline: 2023-06-04

State the ref.no: REK2023/

We look forward to your application!

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-08-01 or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2023/95
  • Annelie Andersen, 0733017501
  • Kenneth Nordgren, +46547001427
  • Kadrije Rama, 0761-353295
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-7001434
Published 17.Apr.2023
Last application date 04.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

Return to job vacancies