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Doctoral studies

Once you have completed your Master’s degree, you can go on to doctoral studies and specialize in an area you are interested in. At the Department of Chemistry doctoral studies (PhD studies) are conducted in various subjects.

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About PhD studies

PhD studies comprise 240 third-cycle credits, which correspond to four years of full-time studies and leads to a doctoral degree (PhD). The doctoral program includes a research project, for which you are responsible, and courses. Often the research project is worth 180 credits and the courses 60 credits. As support in your research, you have a main supervisor - a teacher at the department. You also have assistant supervisor(s) from the department or from, for example, a company or another university. The doctoral program will result in a scholarly thesis – the doctoral thesis. You defend the thesis at a public seminar. You can also chose to take a licentiate degree after earning 120 credits.

After the PhD studies, you can, for example, work as a researcher at a university or company. You can also use your newly acquired mindset in many other fields. 


Admission to PhD studies requires both general and specific qualifications. The general requirements are that you have a Master’s degree or have completed courses worth at least 240 credits (of which at least 60 second-cycle credits), or have in some other way acquired equivalent knowledge. In addition to general requirements, there are specific requirements for each subject. 


PhD studies can be conducted in various forms, but the most common is that you have a doctoral studentship and are part of a research team. There is no particular application period for PhD studies, as vacant doctoral student positions are advertised continuously.

Vacant positions at Lund University –