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What are PhD studies?

The requirements for a PhD degree are such that the studies leading to the degree usually take four years of full-time work. The education leading to a PhD degree covers a total of 240 credits, divided into a course component of 60 credits and a thesis component of 180 credits. 

For a PhD degree, the student must write a scholarly thesis (doctoral thesis), which is to be based on independent research and to be of a high scholarly standard. The thesis is presented in a public defence as prescribed in the Higher Education Ordinance and in local provisions for the Faculty of Social Sciences in Lund.

Post-graduate studies are carried out according to a general syllabus which is established by the faculty. The individual PhD student follows an individual study plan drawn up by the doctoral student and the supervisor and approved by the head of department. The study plan is revised on a yearly basis. 

The department supports PhD students mainly through courses and supervision which includes help with the orientation of their studies as well as their thesis work and continuous assistance during the writing of the thesis.

Further links:

The Swedish Council for Higher Education has more information on research studies.

Read more in the PhD handbook.

The Faculty of Social Sciences’ information page on research studies.