Doctoral studies in Culture and Society

The Culture and Society research environment has since the autumn term of 2002 offered research education of duration four years, leading to a doctoral degree (240 credits), or two years, leading to a licentiate degree (120 credits). The programme normally involves full-time study (the minimum permitted is half-time), and requires regular presence at IKOS. 

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Doctoral studies at the Department of Culture and Society (IKOS) require considerable intellectual mobility and curiosity. The study programme offers an opportunity to deepen one’s knowledge, and provides expertise in a compelling societal topic and field of research, targeted towards a future in which culture will take on ever-increasing importance.
The doctoral student will be employed as a doctoral student during the period of study, or possess corresponding alternative financial support for the complete period.

Programme design

The study programme consists of two parts: courses and independent research that results in the submission of a scholarly licentiate or doctoral thesis. 

The course component of a doctoral degree amounts to 75 credits (37.5 credits for a licentiate degree), and the thesis 165 credits (82.5 credits for a licentiate degree). Compulsory courses correspond to 37.5 credits for a doctoral degree, 22.5 credits for a licentiate degree. These are:

  • currents and principal topics in cultural research today
  • influential theoretical traditions and concepts
  • methods and methodologies in cultural research
  • in-depth insights into the fields studied at the Culture and Society research environment at IKOS.

In collaboration with other departments, divisions and units at Linköping University, several types of cross-subject courses, as well as courses in teaching methods in further education and scientific communication, are given.
Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars, independent project work, and excursions. In parallel with taking courses and working on their thesis, doctoral students participate in undergraduate education at Campus Norrköping and Campus Valla in related programmes, and participate in various external and internal projects.

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