Doctoral education

The University of Borås conducts education from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. Doctoral education is the highest educational level available at a university or college. The programmes prepare students for a continued career in academia or outside the university.

The University of Borås is one of only five higher education institutions in Sweden that has degree-awarding powers at the doctoral level in the artistic area and one of only three higher education institutions in Sweden that has degree-awarding powers within both scientific and artistic doctoral education. We are the only higher education to have these powers in the area of Textiles and Fashion.

Since 2010, the university has had the right to grant licentiate and doctoral degrees and today offers doctoral education within five research areas:

  • Library and Information Science
  • The Human Perspective in Care
  • Resource Recovery
  • Textiles and Fashion
  • Textiles and Fashion – artistic area

The University of Borås also have doctoral candidates in research areas for which the university does not have its own rights to grant doctoral degrees, e.g within Business and IT as well as Teacher Education and Education Work. In these cases, the university of Borås conducts the doctoral education in collaboration with other universities.

The doctoral programmes are well-integrated into the university's research areas and lend sound research grounding to our educational programmes at the Bachelor's and Master's degree levels. The goal of the university is that science for the professions to permeate all educational programmes. Therefore, doctoral education is not only of great importance for the development of research and education at the University of Borås, but also for the development of society at large. It is through doctoral education that the future's researchers and innovations are created.

To achieve a good work environment and secure work conditions, we have as a starting point that the financing of doctoral education should occur, preferably, through a doctoral studentship (i.e. employment at the university as a doctoral student).

Doctoral programmes usually confer 240 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to four years of full-time study. The programmes consist of a number of courses that are determined based on the research subject as well as a research thesis project. The educational programme is governed by the general curricula and a more detailed individual study plan is drawn up for each doctoral student.

Doctoral positions are announced via the university's webpage for job vacancies

Being a doctoral student is different in many ways from being a student at the Bachelor's and Master's levels. If you want to know more about life as a doctoral student, we kindly refer you to visit our internal doctoral webpages