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Postgraduate courses and dissertation

Doctoral studies consist of 240 higher education credits, of which 180 credits are provided by the thesis work and the rest by courses. You can find information about this here. The doctoral student is also supported by a supervisor and an assistant supervisor, whose roles are described below.

Thesis work

The thesis component consists of 180 credits and constitutes the hub of the programme. Three formal bases are devised to help the doctoral student in the various stages. Relatively early on in the work, a planning seminar is held in which the doctoral student presents his or her ideas in the form of a draft. In the middle stage, a midway review takes place, while the final draft seminar("manuskonferens") discusses the thesis manuscript in its relatively definitive form.

The thesis can take the form of a monograph or a compilation thesis in which different parts (in the form of academic, preferably published, papers) are gathered under a summarising chapter.

PhD studies courses

The course component includes methodology courses (30 credits) as well as independent study and specialised courses (30 credits), chosen for their relevance to the thesis work. The course component can be completed in the form of common courses and in the form of individual courses, so-called reading courses. Currently there are no Ph.D. courses being offered at our department exclusively. The Department cooperates with the Faculty of Social Sciences in giving courses. Please check the Faculty of Social Sciences website for information on Ph.D. courses.

Additionally, the Department of Gender Studies is a full member of InterGender Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies. InterGender establishes interconnections between Swedish PhD programmes as well as four major European research schools. The research school is financed through grants from the Swedish Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet. Their program offers a large scale research training programme meeting the needs of PhD students in different phases of their training. See the courses offered by InterGender here.


The supervisors are appointed by the head of department in consultation with the director of studies for PhD studies after a discussion with the doctoral student. The main supervisor should be a Professor or Associate Professor; this is not required of the assistant supervisor. The main supervisor and the assistant supervisor have the task of helping the doctoral student move the work forward from the idea stage to the finalised manuscript. The supervisors also take part in supervisory committee meetings in which the work is discussed in a larger group.

Every PhD student shall have an individual study plan to structure and organize the studies. The study plan is drawn up by the supervisors and PhD student and is then signed by the head of department.