Doctoral Studies

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The primary aim of the postgraduate education in psychology is to help students becoming independent and skilled researchers.

Open postgraduate study positions can be found on the university’s site for open positions.

The Program

Postgraduate education in psychology can lead to a PhD (240 credits) or to a licentiate (120 credits). The study pace of both programs can be full time (80% for the program, 20% for teaching or other administrative work), or part time (at least 50% for the program). Depending on the study pace, the PhD program takes 4 to 8 years to complete, while the licentiate program takes 2 to 4 years. The programs include both courses and the writing of a thesis.


The object of study in psychology is human emotion, cognition and behavior. At the Department of Psychology, research includes a vast array of interests ranging from basic research on attention, perception, emotion, language and development, to more applied research on prevention or treatment of ill health (somatic and/or psychological). New students will be part of the research group best suited to their thesis topic. Read more about our different topics here.


Each student is recommended a primary supervisor and one assistant supervisor. The student's dissertation topic and the supervisor’s skills determine which tutors are recommended. Graduate students are part of the department along with other staff and are expected to participate to the meetings of the department and the senior seminar series.

More information

For more information on doctoral studies in Sweden, please refer to the Handbook for Postgraduate Students.