3 Ph.D. Positions in Sociology (Sweden) Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019

Lund University

Application Deadline

Feb.28, 2019

Program Commencement

Sept.01, 2019

Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. The Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University is one of the leading education and research institutions in Sweden and operates both in Lund and Helsingborg. 

The Department of Sociology is home to Pedagogics, Social Anthropology and Sociology, with significant teaching commitments in all three disciplines. Research in the department span from empirical studies of contemporary social issues to critical theory, and the development of theory and methods.

The Department calls applications for at least 3 Doctoral Positions. The PhD program consists of 240 credits (equivalent to four years of full-time studies) and is concluded with the public defense of a doctoral thesis. The appointed doctoral students will receive a salary from the University during the four years, and their primary obligation is to complete their PhD studies. The position may involve departmental duties, mainly in the form of teaching, up to 20 percent of full-time working hours, in which case the appointment will be extended by the equivalent number of hours. The terms of employment for doctoral students are regulated in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (HF), Chapter 5, Sections 1– 7.

The doctoral student shall actively participate in the research and teaching environment at the department. The main language of the PhD program is English. However, non-Swedish speaking students are expected to acquire basic skills in Swedish during the period of employment. There are opportunities to participate in language courses taught at the University. See the general syllabus and other information about the PhD program in Sociology here.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The applicants will be ranked based on an overall assessment of the quality and originality of their submitted papers and research plan, and their personal suitability. As third cycle studies in Sociology are very demanding, the applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently under time constraints. Good collaboration and communication skills are also required, as is proficiency in both written and spoken English. Interviews will be conducted with a shortlisted number of applicants during the final stages of the admission process. The applicants may be asked to provide work samples.

In order to be admitted, applicants must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

General entry requirements 

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he or she:

  • has a completed Master’s degree or substantially equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way,
  • has been awarded a second cycle qualification,
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific entry requirements

In addition to the general entry requirements for research studies, the applicant must have earned at least 30 credits in the main field of study (sociology, social anthropology, education) in the second cycle or acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad. The applicant must also have completed an independent degree project of at least 15 credits in the second cycle. Only the applicants who are eligible for third-cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Admission is primarily to be based on the applicant’s ability to benefit from the third cycle program. 

Application Process

Applications are to be submitted electronically via the Lund University application portal.

The application must include:

  • A cover letter in Swedish or English of max. 1000 words, which contains a brief presentation of yourself and your qualifications, as well as a brief explanation of why you are interested in third cycle studies at the Department of Sociology at Lund University.
  • A CV in Swedish or English that demonstrates your qualifications for the third cycle program in Sociology.
  • Degree and grade certificates in Swedish or English.

  • Degree project or projects in Swedish or English corresponding to at least 30 credits in Sociology or other discipline deemed equivalent.
  • A research plan in Swedish or English. All plans must follow the instructions available here:  Please note that an application with a plan not following these formal requirements will not be assessed.
  • A work sample consisting of some free reflections over a scientific article. Choose for instance one of these two classic articles: Robert K. Merton’s (1948) “The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy” (The Antioch Review 8: 2: 193-210) or Dorothy E. Smiths (1978) “’K is Mentally Ill’. The Anatomy of a Factual Account” (Sociology 12: 1: 23-53). You can also choose any other scientific article in sociology, new or old. Reflect on, for instance, these questions: 1) What do you see as the author’s main points? 2) How would you exemplify the reasoning in the article on your own? 3) Which strengths and weaknesses do you find in the article? The text should be maximum 1500 words and can be written in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian.
  • Name and contact information of two personal references.
  • Other documentation of relevance to the position.

More information here.

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