If you would like to continue your studies beyond your master’s degree, it is possible to progress to doctoral studies. A doctoral programme corresponds to four years of full-time study (240 HE credits) and ends with a doctoral degree. After two years of study (120 HE credits), a licentiate degree can be awarded.

How to become a doctoral student

To be admitted to doctoral studies, you must first apply for and be granted, a vacant employed doctoral position at the university. All international doctoral positions will be posted in English. 


A majority of doctoral students in Sweden are employed by their universities. This means that you get a salary as well as paid vacation leave and the right to paid parental leave when you become a doctoral student.

There are no admission- or tuition fees if you are admitted as a doctoral student through Malmö University. Alternative financing (if you are not employed) for doctoral studies will only be accepted in special circumstances.

More information on admission to doctoral studies in Sweden can be found in the PhD Handbook.

Admission regulations

Information about entry requirements and how to write your application is provided in the advertisement for the vacant position.

The admission regulations are detailed in the document below.

Admission regulations for third-cycle studies

General entry requirements for all doctoral education

Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, Section 39

A potential candidate meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if they:

  • have been awarded a second-cycle qualification
  • have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or:
  • have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or elsewhere.

The higher education institution may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds.

Visiting and exchange doctoral students

Malmö University welcomes exchange doctoral students who come to us in order to conduct part of their research in the framework of their doctoral education.

Different doctoral courses may have different application procedures. Read what applies to the course you are applying for.

Information for doctoral students admitted at Malmö University

You can find more information in your Faculty's study handbook, information about your individual study plan ISP, dissertations, doctoral support and upcoming workshops – on our Staff website.

The Staff website

As a doctoral student, researcher or guest researcher, you can rent housing through Malmö University.

Apartments for doctoral students, researchers, and guest researchers