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PhD studies at Linköping University

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Linköping University (LiU) has created a name for itself by focussing on interdisciplinary research, achieving excellence in scientific training and initiating Sweden’s first graduate schools. Linköping University has approximately 1,300 PhD students.

PhD studies are offered in about 100 disciplinary areas within 14 departments and a number of interdisciplinary graduate schools.

General admission requirements

The general entry requirements for PhD studies are:

  • A second level degree or
  • At least 240 credits of a completed course, of which 60 credits are at second level, or
  • Equivalent level of knowledge acquired in Sweden or abroad

Students are eligible for a licentiate degree after two years of research and a doctorate after four years of research.

  • Degree of Licentiate - requires at least 120 credits including a dissertation of at least 60 credits.
  • Degree of Doctor - requires 240 credits including a dissertation of at least 120 credits. The dissertation must be defended publicly.

Students considering PhD studies or research training at Linköping University should contact the department in question.

Departments and disciplines at Linköping University

Research areas



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Last updated: Tue Sep 29 11:27:45 CEST 2015