Here you can read more about entry requirements, admission and study plans for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Admission requirements

The structure of higher education in Sweden and also at the Institute of Technology at Linköping university has three cycles:

  • Bachelor or undergraduate level, called first cycle, which often continues in three years and concludes with a bachelor thesis.
  • Master or graduate level, the second cycle, which continues in one or two years and is based on the idea that before entering the master program the student has already completed a bachelor examina.
  • PhD studies or postgraduate level, i.e. the third cycle is the third and last level of higher education in Sweden.

For admission to the third cycle the applicant has to be deemed to have ability to benefit from the education and meet the general requirements to the third cycle:

  • a second cycle qualification or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS of which 60 ECTS within the second cycle or
  • equivalent level of knowledge acquired in Sweden or abroad, as well as specific requirements at the institutional level.

For each major field there may be additional requirements described in the study handbook (right now available only in Swedish). You can also contact the director of PhD studies at your department for information in English.


Higher education institutions (HEIs) are only permitted to admit an applicant whose funding is considered to be guaranteed for the entire period of PhD studies. At the Institute of Technology, the normal way of funding is an employment, a PhD studentship "doktorandanställning". Vacant positions are announced here.

Study handbook and study plans

The study handbook for PhD studies (only in Swedish) describes the goals and the learning outcomes of the PhD studies, as well as admission requirements, contain the study syllabus for each major subject, mandatory courses and examination requirements, provides guidelines for supervision, accreditation of courses, individual study plan.

The PhD student together with his/her supervisors establishes an individual study plan, a plan for the entire period of study up to intended degree. The specific eligibility requirements are described in the general study syllabus for each subject.

General study syllabus

Contact, directors of PhD studies at the departments

Doctoral studies