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Admission to postgraduate studies at the Valand Academy is normally done once a year and if resources are available, but can if necessary be carried out at other times (e.g. when external funding provides the opportunity to employ doctoral candidates).

Doctoral positions are announced on the website of the department, University of Gothenburg E-recruitment system and through the main international networks for education and research in the arts.

There is an onging call, with studies starting in early 2018, see HERE.

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To be considered for the position, the applicant needs to meet the general entry requirements for doctoral (third-cycle) education in accordance with chapter 7 section 39 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the specific entry requirements of the general syllabuses.

General entry requirements for third-cycle education are met by those who have:

  • achieved a second-level qualification, completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or has acquired in some other way the equivalent knowledge either in Sweden or abroad.

Specific requirements in the field of artistic practice are:

  • At least 120 credits (or equivalent) in the subject, alternatively another subject or subjects considered to be relevant to the doctoral studies, or equivalent knowledge. 
  • A documented specialisation of study covering subjects relevant to the field of artistic practice. 
  • An approved, independent project of at least 30 credits in the subject (essay or several works combined, or are judged to be, the equivalent of 30 credits), alternatively in another subject or subjects relevant to third-cycle studies in artistic practice.
  • Genuine artistic experience in the field, including documented interest in reflection, research-related issues and processes.

An applicant also meets these specific requirements who has otherwise acquired the equivalent knowledge either in Sweden or abroad.


Regulations for employment as a doctoral candidate are outlined in ordinance SFS 1998:80. The position of doctoral candidate can only be provided to those individuals admitted to the third-cycle programme. Selection of candidates is based on their ability to make optimal use of the programme in accordance with the selection criteria given in the subject’s general syllabus.

For qualifications and desired merits, see the general syllabuses.

The selection process includes interviews.

Additional information

The application must include:

  • Degrees/academic qualifications and other certificates relevant to the application.
  • A CV/compilation of qualifications including professional experience is to be appended, along with a list of publications and degree work, C/D essays, books, articles etc, for assessment, as well as documentation of work/exhibitions. In certain cases, the assessment committee may request access to the artistic works.
  • A project description of maximum 6 pages (plus bibliography) outlining the applicant’s dissertation project within the framework of the programme. This should cover the project’s aim, content and methods and include a timetable.

Applicants only seeking admission to the third-cycle programme (without a doctoral position) should append a funding plan for the entire period of study (four years full-time or eight years part-time maximum).

Conditions for funding other than a doctoral position are given in the University of Gothenburg’s regulations for third-cycle programmes, section 6, pages 4–6:

Rules and regulations for third-cycle studies at the University of Gothenburg

Guidelines for a good application

Here you find Mick Wilson's application guidelines:

Doctoral proposal writing


Page Manager: Anna Frisk |Last update: 8/24/2017

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