Applying to a Doctoral Programme

The Swedish Defence University accepts doctoral students once a year following a call for applications. The calls always published on the Swedish Defence University's website. Each faculty decides whether its call for applications is to be translated into English.

The Swedish Defence University does not process applications received outside of the application period.

Entry Requirements

The requirements for applying to a doctoral programme at the Swedish Defence University are basic and specific eligibility. Among other things, this means that applicants must have completed a second-cycle degree and have authored an independent thesis (degree project) in the relevant subject for which they received a passing grade. They must also present a draft of their research plan. The requirements are specified in the general study plan for the respective doctoral programme (under translation).

The announcement of the doctoral programme includes being accepted to the programme, but also entails receiving a temporary position at the Swedish Defence University during the four years it takes to complete one’s studies. Thus, the existence of funding is a precondition for admission to a doctoral programme in Sweden.

It may also be that a doctoral student’s employer covers her/his costs during the study period. In such instance, the arrangement is regulated through an agreement between the Swedish Defence University and the employer in question. For more information, see this page.

The Swedish Defence University offers no scholarships for doctoral education and there are no opportunities to conduct one’s studies remotely (distance learning).