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Third-cycle education

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.

Aims of third-cycle education

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.

Third-cycle subjects and specialisations

There are four main subjects within third-cycle education at the Faculty of Science: Natural science, Conservation, Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.

Specialisations within Natural science

Biophysics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Geology, Marine geology, Marine Sciences, Environmental Science, Physical Geography and Oceanography.

Specialisations within Mathematical Statistics

Biostatistics, Industrial Statistics and Environmental Science.

Mathematics/Natural Sciences specialising in Educational Sciences is a collaboration with The Centre for Educational Sciences and Teacher Research. Read more

Admission requirements

To meet the general requirements for admission to third-cycle education, applicants must have:

  1. been awarded a second-cycle degree, or
  2. completed course requirements for at least 240 higher education credits, including 60 HEC awarded in the second cycle, or
  3. acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Swedish language courses

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. More information about the Swedish language courses

Page Manager: Tanja Thompson|Last update: 11/22/2017

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