PhD student in social work University of Gothenburg, Department of Social Work Sweden

PhD student in social work


Diary id:
PAR 2018/1487
Employment level:
Time limited employment (temporary)
Department of Social Work
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The Department of Social Work is at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Gothenburg. We have over 120 employees and offer Social Work Programme as well as Master’s Programmes, Family Therapy Education, further training programmes and third-cycle studies. Social work is the main subject studied at first, second and third-cycle levels. In this expansive and dynamic environment, characterized by a high level of social commitment and extensive international contacts and collaborations through various networks and universities around the world, research in social work is conducted within the framework of several profiles. Our research includes studies of social problems, their causes and consequences for the individual, group and society. Social work as a research discipline also involves the living conditions of vulnerable individuals and groups, social interventions, social policy measures and social processes.


Third-cycle studies

The third-cycle study programme equates to 240 credits in total (four years of full-time studies) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The education covers 65 course credits within the framework of the research programme and 175 dissertation credits. The doctoral student is also, within the framework of his/her studies, expected to participate in seminars and contribute to the joint activities of the Department. Studies are to be conducted full-time unless special circumstances exist in which case the study rate shall not be reduced by more than 50%. The doctoral studentship incorporates departmental duties of 20% of a full-time position distributed over the entire study period. Following implementation of departmental duties, the duration of the research appointment shall be extended accordingly.


Job assignments

The primary objective of this third-cycle degree programme is for the doctoral student to develop the knowledge and skills required for an independent research into social work and to contribute to the development of knowledge in the relevant subject area through the preparation and production of a scientific dissertation .

A further objective of is for the doctoral student to develop an ability to utilise the scientific skills and knowledge gained in continued research work or in other qualified professional work.



According to Chapter 7, Section 39 of the Higher Education Ordinance, basic eligibility for doctoral studies requires that the applicant has: Graduated at advanced level, completed a university degree course of at least 240 credits of which 60 credits at advanced level or otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge.


Specific entry requirements:

In order to be admitted to this third-cycle programme in Social Work, the following specific entry requirements must be fulfilled :

A Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work Education equivalent to 210 credits or equivalent knowledge acquired in other ways and in fulfilment of the requirements specified above.



Provisions for the employment of a doctoral student are set forth in the Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) 1998:80. Only applicants fulfilling the necessary requirements for admission to third-cycle studies will be considered.


Selection among applicants is made with regard to their ability to successfully complete the research programme as well as the prerequisites of the Department to provide guidance based on the applicant’s preliminary research focus.


Applicant assessments are based primarily on the ability to formulate, delimit and analyse research data and present research findings and results. Experience of professional social work is deemed a merit. Interviews form part of the assessment and selection process.


When assessing the relevance of a project in the field of social work and the applicant’s ability to assimilate and draw benefit from the research programme, consideration is given to the project proposal accompanying the application as well as to previous essays and academic qualifications.


This third-cycle course and study programme in Social Work is also open to externally employed and funded applicants, otherwise known as ‘externally positioned doctoral students’. The bases on which admission is granted to externally positioned doctoral students are the same as for other applicants. A special agreement is drawn up between the employer andthe department.



Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four years full-time studies. Extent: 100 %. Location: Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg. First day of employment: In the middle of August 2019.

Reference number: PAR 2018/1487



Most third-cycle courses run by the Department of Social Work are conducted in Swedish as are most of our seminar activities. However, a good knowledge of English is important in order to fully draw benefit from the research programme in its entirety.


Click on the link below to read more about this third-cycle course in the general syllabus for third-cycle programmes.


For further information regarding the position


Ingegerd Franzon, administrator, +46 31 786 1900

Anette Skårner, Director of Graduate Studies, +46 31 786 1605

Johanna Andersson, Doctoral student, 
+46 31 786 1606

Matti Wirehag, Doctoral student, +46 31 786 1886

Department of Social Work Website:



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.


Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to:

University of Gothenburg Department of Social Work P.O. Box 720 SE 405 30 Gothenburg Sweden

The reference number of the position (PAR2018/1487) should be clearly stated on the envelope.

Closing date: 2019-02-12


In order to complete your admissions application, you must provide the following:

  1. An introductory letter of max. 500 words (about 1 page). The introductory letter shall consist of: (a) a short presentation of yourself, (b) a short presentation of your merits, (c) a short presentation of your proposed research project.

  2. Your CV, professional certifications and list of publications, if any.

  3. Essays, dissertations and other relevant academic papers.

  4. A research proposal of maximum three pages in which you present your proposed area of research, justify the relevance of such research and present potentially relevant theories, methods and materials.

  5. Certified copies of diplomas and evidence of special qualifications.

  6. Description and proof of other relevant merits such as participation in research, evaluation or other similar development work.

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