The Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS) is unique in offering the first coherent postgraduate training in Analytical Sociology. The program aims to broaden and deepen the doctoral student's knowledge in the subject of analytical sociology and to make the doctoral student well prepared for independent work in the field.

IAS offers a unique doctoral training program in Analytical Sociology. Our graduate students receive both theoretical and methodological research training by working in close collaboration with some of the worlds’ leading scholars in Analytical Sociology. Graduate students are part of a collegial team of researchers who conduct cutting-edge research on important social, political, and cultural matters. We strongly emphasize the importance of students developing their research skills not only through course attendance and thesis work but also through scientific collaborations in research projects, as well as through seminar and conference presentations.

The aim of postgraduate training is for the doctoral student to acquire the ability to independently and critically design and implement a qualified research project and to present and disseminate research results and knowledge nationally and internationally, within and outside academia. During postgraduate training, the doctoral student combines courses in theory and method with independent dissertation work. In total, a doctoral degree consists of 240 hp. This is equivalent to four years of study including three years of dissertation work. Throughout the PhD program the doctoral student is employed with a centrally regulated wage ladder.

PhD students talk about IAS

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Laura Fürsich, PhD Candidate at Institute for Analytical Sociology

Laura Fürsich

I chose to pursue a doctoral degree because I felt that there is so much more to learn. It gives me the freedom to nourish that curiosity while being guided through studying things I really enjoy.

I was lucky enough to take my Master’s degree at IAS, and I was intrigued by the creative environment and academic rigour I experienced. IAS brings together a wide set of great researchers who work across disciplines on understanding why people do what they do and the implications for society.

At IAS, we have a great set of opportunities available for young scholars who are interested in an academic career. We have regular milestone seminars that allow us to receive feedback from all scholars at IAS. I personally really enjoy the exposure to all the guests we have at the institute, who present their research in one of the seminar series or stay on for some time as research fellows.

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Hendrik Erz, PhD Candidate at Institute for Analytical Sociology

Hendrik Erz

Coming from a working-class background, it was never a given for me to pursue an academic career, but from early on I wanted to understand and critically reflect on the world around me. While studying sociology, I realised that an academic career is the ideal way to fulfil that wish. A PhD will give me the opportunity to become an expert in my field by learning directly from leading researchers.

 Central for my decision to come to IAS was its incredible openness towards computational approaches. The institute doesn’t shy away from the benefits of large-scale computational methods, and critically engages with state-of-the-art methods to study society. Additionally, the conditions for pursuing a PhD in Sweden are among the best in the world, enabling me to fully concentrate on my studies and benefit from the rich learning environment.

From day one, I felt welcome and supported by IAS. The work culture is very cooperative and informed by great care towards the graduate students. We are encouraged to discuss our work in the group, and have regular seminars in which we receive direct feedback about our work. I have never felt lost in my research for a single day.

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Rodrigo Martinez Pena, PhD Candidate at Institute for Analytical Sociology

Rodrigo Martinez Pena 

I decided to pursue doctoral studies because I like learning and enjoy exploring how our world works. I also believe that acquiring a doctoral degree opens possibilities to contribute to solve problems that our societies are facing.

IAS is a great space for learning that also allows opportunities to gain experience in teaching. I am going to study complex social phenomena and apply the knowledge I gain to problems like climate change, biodiversity loss, and the feedbacks between the biosphere and societies.

PhD students at IAS are enthusiastic and eager to share and discuss their ideas both formally and informally. At the PhD meetings, we share our work and doubts, and support each other. Likewise, programme directors have given us both freedom and support to co-design the PhD school. An example of this are the professionalisation seminars that we hold with faculty, where we discuss the often-untold aspects of academic life, such as grants, job opportunities, and career trade-offs.

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