Doctoral education is organised in programme form within the framework of the Swedish Defence University's existing organisation.

The overall aim is to create good conditions for high quality education within a coherent and clear framework with a good balance between fields of study and doctoral subjects, as well as between line management and peer quality management. Furthermore, the aim is to support and foster the continued development of the area of Defence, Crisis Management and Security as a whole.

  • Supervisors and doctoral students play important roles, not only in the concrete implementation of the individually designed doctoral studies, but also in the formal regulation and follow-up associated with the individual study plans. The consideration attributed to doctoral students’ perspectives and their impact on the design and implementation of their own education is an important quality factor.
  • The Research and Education Board hasoverall responsibility for collegial quality management and the quality assurance of doctoral studies.
  • The Research Director has overall responsibility for the implementation of doctoral education, which, like the education programmes at the first-cycle and second-cycle levels, exceeds divisional and departmental boundaries.
  • The Subject Area Director and the Director of Studies are responsible for the ongoing management, coordination and follow-up of doctoral education.
  • The appropriate body for enquiries about the organisation, implementation and quality of the respective doctoral education subject is the respective Subject Council.
  • The Board of Directors and then the Vice-Chancellor are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the university's missions, including high-quality doctoral education, are fulfilled.
  • The Heads of Department and other line managers play a central role, because they are responsible for leading and organising activities so that the missions can be fulfilled efficiently and in a manner that ensures high quality.