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School of Health Sciences

Doctoral studies with external/other types of funding

Here you will find information on how to apply for doctoral studies when you are backed by some other type og funding than a doctoral studentship. Click the link to the subject area in question (see below) to begin your application.

The programme

There are two types of doctoral study programmes – one concluding with the doctoral degree (240 credits, corresponding to four years of full-time study) and one concluding with the licentiate degree (120 credits, corresponding to two years of full-time study).

Information on the content and organisation of the programme can be found in the general syllabus for the subject in question.  

Entry requirements

For an applicant to be admitted to a doctoral study programme, he or she must meet the general and specific entry requirements. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject.

A person meets the general entry requirements if he or she:

  1. has been awarded a qualification on the Master’s level,
  2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits (four years) of which at least 60 credits (one year) were awarded on the Master’s level, or
  3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the old Swedish higher education system corresponding to the entry requirements above will also be eligible. The university may permit an exemption from the entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds.

Specific entry requirements

A person meets the specific entry requirements for the subject if he or she has received a passing grade in courses of at least 90 credits, including an independent project on the advanced course level, in a main field of study of relevance to the subject or specialisation in question. A person who has acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meets the specific entry requirements.

If, for instance, your medical training was completed some years back or you have a foreign qualification, you need to prove that you have acquired the corresponding knowledge in some other way. If that is the case, please attach documents that will facilitate an individual assessment of your skills. These may be reports and papers as well as individual projects and quality and development work undertaken during specialist training.

Application and appendices

The following documents are required in your application:

  1. The form “Application for/decision on admission to research studies
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Proof of completed higher education; if applicable, degree certificates
  4. Independent project (degree project)
  5. Certificate of funding according to template (mandatory)
    - New routine RÖL: The application is accompanied by a draft certificate of funding (without signatures). Certificate of funding for research students employed by Region Örebro län (including "forskar-AT") (only available in Swedish, separate login to RÖL is necessary). After the admission meeting, the research administration informs the applicant and RÖL if the application was accepted and sends the draft certificate of funding to the FoU staff for approval. After approval from the FoU staff, the certificate of funding is sent to the applicant who is responsible for collecting the signatures of the head of operations and the supervisor. The completed certificate of funding is sent to This is an email address and This is an email address. Any paper original is sent to: Örebro University, Research administration, School of Health Sciences, SE-70182 Örebro.
    - Certificate of funding for research students employed by other external employer
  6. Research plan monograph or Research plan compilation thesis
  7. If the applicant wishes to enrol for part-time study, a statement accounting for the grounds for this
  8. Documents enabling an assessment of your skills on an individual basis. You may for instance have been gaining additional qualifications or experience since your medical training. This may include publications of significance or certificates and references regarding professional experience and other qualifications.

We recommend that the proposed principal supervisor contact the subject/specialisation coordinator (see the subject area in question) when the application is submitted.

Admissions seminar

The admissions seminar is when the doctoral applicant together with the prospective principal supervisor present the proposed doctoral thesis project. The admissions seminar is to take place no later than 4 weeks prior to the admissions meeting. Read more and book an appointment here.

Applying via subject area/specialisation

Begin your application for doctoral studies by clicking the link for the subject area in question (please note that this feature is not available in mobile phones or tablet computers). Read more about the respective subject area/specialisation here.

Note! If you are English speaking, please read this before choosing subject in the list below.