Admission to doctoral education

Doctoral student positions at the University of Borås are announced continuously. All available positions are announced under ”Work at UB” at the University of Borås website. The vacancies normally pertain 80% research studies (3:rd cycle studies), the remaining 20 % constitutes departmental work such as administration and teaching. The estimated time to reach a doctoral degree with departmental work is thus five years. University of Borås grants full-time positions with adherent salary from the start.


In order to apply for a third-cycle programme at the University of Borås you have to fill out an Application form. In addition, your application must include submission of the following documents:

  • A personal letter and a CV (Curriculum Vitae) including references.
  • Certificates and diplomas from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) - both at bachelor and master level.
  • Transcripts of completed courses and grades for each semester (including course list, especially important is transcripts from secondary cycle/master's degree studies). 
  • Copies of your bachelor and master thesis
  • Proof of English language skills.
  • Copy of passport. In order to expedite the processing of your application, we require a copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photograph, or some other proof of your identity.

Please note that for students from universities outside of Europe special rules apply regarding the affidavit necessary for the Admissions Office at University of Borås.

The application must reach the university registrator at the latest on the date specified in the announcement. Applications arriving too late will not be considered. Applications or documentation in paper form should be sent to the following address:

 Registrator, Högskolan i Borås, 501 90 Borås

Please note: If your degree was awarded in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, or the USA, your transcript must be sent directly from your university.  If you send it yourself, it will not be accepted. Do not send your application /CV to the university/universities you have previously attended and requested transcripts from.

If they send your transcripts to the University of Borås in Sweden with your CV and application form, your documents will be rejected.

Certain countries have specific requirements. Please click on the link below to find out more. (Note that the requirements applicable for second cycle/masters' degree studies also apply for third-cycle/doctoral studies. However, you should disregard the postal address in the link. It only applies for second cycle/masters' degree studies. As mentioned above, applications for third-cycle/doctoral studies should be sent directly to the university for which you are applying):

Link to information regarding country specific requirements

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfil certain general entry requirements to be eligible to third-cycle studies at the University of Borås, as well as specific entry requirements. Specific entry requirement are specified in the general syllabus for each research subject/area. General entry requirements are the same for all research areas.

General entry requirements

General entry requirements for third-cycle/doctoral studies are:
1. A degree at second-cycle/Master's degree level
2. Completed at least 240 credits (ECTS) whereof at least 60 credits have been acquired at second-cycle/Master's degree/one-year Master´s degree level
3. Corresponding knowledge obtained in another way in Sweden or abroad

Specific entry requirements

Specific entry requirements vary between the different research disciplines. However, regardless of research discipline all applicants must verify that their English language skills correspond to the upper secondary level (post-16) course English B in the Swedish school system.

If your secondary school qualification in English does not meet these requirements, you must submit the official results of an internationally recognised test or examination. 

The selection

Once the application has reached the university's registry it is sent to the Admissions office where the degrees from each applicant will be scrutinized and verified. The Admissions office will also make sure that each applicant meets the general entry requirements.

Applications are then sent to the Research Committee where a ranking of formal merits decides who will be called to an interview.  The number of candidates that will be called to an interview varies. If there are two or more candidates for the position, a minimum of two candidates should be called in all cases.

Please be aware that it may take up to a month before you are contacted.

A decision of whom will be offered a doctoral student position is taken after the interviews. The selected candidate will in this first stage be informally notified (e.g. via phone or e-mail).

All documents in the selection process are then sent to the registrator. The secretary of the Research Committee also send a copy of the decision to the Admissions office.  The Admissions office register the PhD student and a formal notification will be sent to the PhD student. All other applicants will also be notified once the selection process is completed. 

The decision of the Research Education Committee can not be appealed according to Swedish law.