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Doctoral education

Are you interested in learning more and immersing yourself in one of our research subjects? Are you interested in helping society with new knowledge? Then doctoral studies at the University of Borås may be for you!

The University of Borås conducts education from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. As part of realising the vision of achieving full university status, the University of Borås aims to increase the proportion of research conducted here. Doctoral education is the highest educational level available at a university or college. The programmes prepare students for a continued career in academia or outside the university.

Since 2010, the university has had the right to issue licentiate and doctoral degrees and today offers doctoral education within four research areas:

  • Library and Information Science
  • The Human Perspective in Care
  • Resource Recovery
  • Textiles and Fashion

The University of Borås also have doctoral canidates in research areas the university does not have its own rights to issue doctoral degrees, e.g within Business and IT as well as Teacher Education and Education Work. In these cases the University of Borås conducts the doctoral education in collaboration with other universities.

The doctoral programmes are well-integrated into the university's research areas and lend sound research grounding to our educational programmes at the Bachelor's and Master's degree levels. The goal of the university is that science for the professions will permeate all educational programmes.  Therefore, doctoral education is not only of great importance for the development of research and education at the University of Borås, but also for the development of society at large. It is through doctoral education that the future's researchers and innovations are created.

To achieve a good work environment and secure work conditions, we have as a starting point that the financing of doctoral education should occur, preferably, through a doctoral studentship (i.e. employment at the university as a doctoral student).

Doctoral programmes usually confer 240 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to four years of full-time study. The programmes consist of a number of courses that are determined based on the research subject as well as a research thesis project. The educational programme is governed by the general curricula and a more detailed individual study plan is drawn up for each doctoral student.

Doctoral positions are announced via the university's webpage for job vacancies: Work at the university.

Being a doctoral student is different in many ways from being a student at the Bachelor's and Master's levels. If you want to know more about life as a doctoral student, we kindly refer you to visit our internal doctoral webpages