Research studies in Sweden
PhD programmes in Sweden are mainly research-based. This means that most of your time, you will be performing research toward your final dissertation. This will usually take a minimum of four years of full-time work (or 240 ECTS credits).
Research studies (third-cycle studies) are organised in six areas in which the University has obtained degree-awarding powers at third-cycle level.
- Embedded Systems (the subjects of Computer Science and Electronics)
- Innovation and Product Realisation (the subject of Innovation and Design)
- Environment/Energy and Resource Optimisation (the subjects of Energy and Environment Engineering and also Mathematics/Applied Mathematics)
- Industrial Economics, Work Life Studies and Management (the subject of Industrial Engineering and Management)
- Didactics (the subjects of Didactics and also Science and Technology Didactics)
- Health and Welfare (the subjects of Caring Sciences, Work Life Science, Social Work, Physiotherapy and Public Health Sciences)
MDU has around 215 active doctoral students.
Because they are research-based, Swedish PhD programmes are very different from study-based bachelor’s or master’s programmes. PhD positions are also usually paid positions: you’ll receive a monthly salary and won’t have to pay tuition fees. Even though you are technically a PhD ”student”, doing a PhD in Sweden is more like having a full-time job. The application process is the same as for a regular job position.