Third-cycle education in the Faculty of Science is the province of scholars interested in problems in science, mathematics or conservation. The education is intended to give you a thorough understanding of your discipline and the tools you need to independently formulate problems and critically examine research findings.
Research is usually carried out in groups. Your research may take you to exotic settings like Antarctica, the Amazon, the Pacific Ocean or our own Latnjajaure in northern Sweden. No matter where your interests lie, you are about to embark upon a fascinating and enriching experience that, in most cases, will end with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree (240 higher education credits). A Ph.D. degree involves four years of full-time study; however, because the education usually includes some teaching duties, it often takes five years to earn a doctoral degree.
The Faculty of Science follows the objectives stated in the Qualifications Ordinance of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, with the additional aim that “Third-cycle education shall prepare third-cycle students for future activities both within and outside of the higher education sector.” The aims of third-cycle education are stated in the five subject plans adopted by the Faculty Board.
To meet the general requirements for admission to third-cycle education, applicants must have:
Even if you can speak English with practically everyone in Sweden, basic Swedish can come in handy. The University offers Swedish language classes for all international students, studying individual programs or courses at the University of Gothenburg.
The Faculty of Science has about 200 third-cycle students and awards about 50 Ph.D. and licentiate degrees every year.