Handbook for doctoral studies
Enrolment in a doctoral programme entails engaging in a research project (under supervision) that leads to a doctorate. Doctoral education includes courses and the writing of a doctoral thesis. The four-year programme is regulated in an individual study plan.
The Swedish Defence University conducts doctoral education in the field of Defence, Crisis Management and Security. In this area, conditions and factors that affect the possibilities to prevent and manage crises, conflicts and war and the establishment of security are studied. The area also cover further social and ethical aspects of defence, crisis management and security, as well as critical perspectives on established knowledge claims and practices.
The area constitutes a scientific whole, wherein the parts support both the whole and each other. It spans a range of related themes – from military tactics, operations and technology to military strategy, which in turn is closely related to foreign and security policy. The field covers both the military dimension and social crisis management, international legal dimensions and civil-military cooperation. Two doctoral subjects are offered here: War Studies and Political Science with a Focus on Crisis Management and Security.