PhD student in Political Science, special focus Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science Sweden

An appointment as a PhD student in Political Science, special focus

Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is ranked recurrently as one of the world's 100 leading universities. There are 42,000 students and 7,400 employees in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our quest to understand, explain and improve our world and human condition.


The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of Sweden's leading knowledge centers for research and education in social sciences and behavioral science and operates in both Lund and Helsingborg.


The Department of Political Science combines ancient ancestors with modern research and education. In recent years, the department has been very successful in the competition for external research funds. Central research areas include democratization, diplomacy, peace and conflict, environmental policy and welfare. The Department of Political Science's strong research profile is reflected in the teaching. The institution's strong research profile is also reflected in our teaching. The education environment has long been highly internationalized.


degree program in Political Science comprises 240 higher education credits (equivalent to four years full-time studies) and ends with the doctoral student in public dissertation defending his printed doctoral dissertation. He who is employed as a PhD student receives salary from the university for four years and is principally to devote himself to his own postgraduate education. Institution services of up to 20 per cent of full-time may occur, primarily in the form of education, whereby the employment is extended to an equivalent extent. The doctoral student will have access to a workplace at the Department of Political Science. Provisions for the appointment of a PhD student are contained in the Higher Education Ordinance 5 chapters 1 to 7.


The employment is linked to the new wine research project in new ways: About the conditions for modern civil defenseled by Professor Rikard Bengtsson and funded by the Swedish Civil Protection and Emergency Agency (MSB). The project will start in 2018 and end in 2022. The overall objective of the project is to study, through a multilevel analysis, how the conditions for developing, strengthening and focusing civilian defense are influenced by key change processes in society (at national, administrative and international level). Sweden constitutes the empirical focus of the project, but the project includes comparative elements. The PhD student is expected to conduct research on a topic that relates to either of the above levels and which contributes to the overall framework and objectives of the project. Within these parameters, the doctoral student conducts independent research based on own questions, theories and methods.


The PhD student is expected to be present and actively participate in the research and teaching environment at the institution, as well as in the ongoing activities of the project, including reporting to MSB. The main working language of the postgraduate program is English, but in view of the project's focus and empirical focus, it is a requirement that the doctoral student has good knowledge of the Swedish language.


The appointment as a doctorate student will be held in 2018-09-01. Study plans and other information about postgraduate studies in political science are available at:



To be admitted to postgraduate education (HF chapter 7 § 35), the applicant is required


  • have the basic qualifications and the special qualifications that the university may have prescribed, and
  • is otherwise deemed to have the capacity required to take advantage of postgraduate education (SFS 2010: 1064).

Basic eligibility for education at the postgraduate level has the one who has


  • graduated at advanced level,
  • Completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • elsewhere within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.


Special eligibility

The applicant, in addition to the general qualification for postgraduate education, must have at least 30 higher education credits in the main field of political science at advanced level or acquired equivalent knowledge within or outside the country. The applicant should also have completed independent work of at least 15 higher education credits at advanced level in political science or subject assessed equally.


Basis of assessment

As a holder of an appointment as a PhD student, only the person who is admitted to a postgraduate degree may be appointed. When admitting, the degree will mainly be attached to the degree of ability to apply for postgraduate education.


The ranking of applicants is based on an overall assessment of the quality of the submitted essay work and the submission of research plans, grades from previous education, personal appropriateness and the ability to contribute to the research project's new wine in new ways: the prerequisites for modern civil defense overall objectives. Since research studies in political science are very demanding, the applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently during time pressure. Good cooperation and communication skills are also a requirement, as well as good knowledge of English and Swedish in both speech and writing.


Interviews will be conducted by a limited selection of applicants in the final stages of the admissions process. Interviews may be supplemented with work samples.


The Department of Political Science particularly welcomes the female applicant.



Time-limited employment four years according to HF 5 chapter 7§.


Application procedure 

application is made electronically via Lund University's applicant portal. The application must contain:

  • an introductory letter in Swedish or English, comprising a maximum of 1,000 words, which contains a brief presentation of you as an applicant and your qualifications as well as a brief description of why you are interested in postgraduate studies at the Department of Political Science at Lund University;
  • a curriculum vitae in Swedish or English that shows the eligibility for postgraduate studies in political science;
  • diploma and grades in Swedish or English;
  • essay or essay in Swedish or English equivalent to at least 30 higher education credits (30 higher education credits at advanced level or 15 higher education credits at advanced level plus 15 higher education credits) in Political Science or subject assessed equivalent;
  • a brief research plan in Swedish or English, including a maximum of 2,000 words including references, which shows what research the applicant intends to engage in in the context of the New Wine research project: On the prerequisites for modern civil defense ;
  • name and contact details of two reference persons, preferably active within the academy (reference letter not necessary at the application stage);
  • other documents that you as applicant wish to claim for current employment.


Lund University welcomes applicants with different backgrounds and experiences. We see equality and diversity as a strength and asset.

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Type of employment Fixed-term employment longer than 6 months

Extent of employment Full-time

Access 2018-09-01

Salary Monthly Salary

Number of vacancies 1

employment rate 100 %

place Lund

County Skåne County
Land Sweden

References PA2017/4185

Kristina Jönsson, Director of Research, +46 (0) 46 222 89 43,
Lisa Strömbom, Deputy Prefect, +46 (0) 46 222 45 53,
Rikard Bengtsson, Project Manager, +46 (0) 46 222 89 30,

Union representative
SACO: The Saco Council at Lunds, +46 (0) 46 222 93 64,
OFR / S: Trade Union ST Office, +46 (0) 46 222 93 62,
SEKO: Seko Civil, +46 (0)46 222 93 66,

Published 2017-12-21

Application deadline 2018-02-19

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