Doctoral student in psychology

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Ref nr: 2.1.1-02676/2020

Örebro University is currently offering research study opportunities in psychology at the School of Law, Psychology, and Social Work. For the successful candidate, the programme will conclude with the award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in psychology. The start date of the programme is in the Autumn of 2020.

Research in psychology at Örebro University focuses mainly on developmental psychology and health psychology. The successful candidate will join the Center for Lifespan Developmental Research (LEADER). The researchers affiliated with LEADER conduct research to contribute to the understanding of various aspects of human functioning and development in youth and elderly.

We are looking for a doctoral student with curiosity and interest in psychology with a specialization in development, adjustment, and integration of immigrant youth. The doctoral project includes research on how to promote adjustment and integration of immigrant youth as part of a larger project funded by the Swedish Research Council ( Further information about the project is available at The candiate is expected to collaborate with the project team in different phases of the project and develop a dissertation project based on the project data.

Online information

Information on admission to the programme, application form, the general syllabus for the subject, the Regulations Handbook, and other information can be found on Örebro University’s webpage for research student information: You can find information about ”How to apply for admission to doctoral studies” below.

For more information on the programme and the post, please contact Metin Özdemir, Associate Professor of Psychology e-mail: This is an email address 

Örebro University actively pursues an equal work environment and values the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

The programme

The successful candidate is offered a place on the research study programme concluding with the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. The programme comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. Extensions to the study period are granted for instance to compensate for any sick leave and parental leave.

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

Doctoral studentships

The position is offered as a full-time doctoral studentship for the duration of the study programme. Duties such as teaching, administration and research other than the student’s own thesis project may be included, however with no more than 20 per cent of a full-time post. To compensate for time spent on such duties, extensions to the programme length and funding period will be granted. More information on doctoral studentships, part-time studies and part-time doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook. The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is 27500 SEK per month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to research studies, applicants are required to meet general and specific entry requirements. In addition, they shall be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. 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.

Applicants meet the general entry requirements for research studies if they

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

Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible. The university may permit exemptions from the entry requirements for individual applicants, if there are special grounds.

For applicants to meet the specific entry requirements for research studies in the subject, the following applies

Special qualifications for admission to education in the subject have those who in their higher education have approved grades on courses of at least 90 higher education credits, including independent work at C-level in psychology. Special qualifications also apply to those who have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge within or outside the country.

Own research experience in psychology, especially in research related to development of youth with immigrant background is a merit. As the research project involves developing interventions to promote adjustment and integration of newly arrived immigrant youth, it is particularly advantageous if the applicant has good knowledge of or experience with prevention and promotion programs. The applicant must have very good knowledge of English that is needed to pass the postgraduate education in addition to good command of Swedish. It is also a merit if the applicant submits a research plan (max. 5 pages) over the intended area for the research studies, including a theoretical framework, purpose and issues and method. The most qualified candidates will be called for an interview.

Applicants who have acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meet the specific entry requirements. Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible.

The assessment whether an applicant has such ability in other respects to benefit from the programme shall be made based on prior courses and programmes taken by the applicant, on other previous activities, as well as on the essays and other independent projects of a scholarly nature that have been submitted by the applicant.

In selecting between applicants, their ability to benefit from the research studies shall be taken into account (see the university’s selection criteria, annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject). If applicants are found to have equal qualifications, preference will be given to applicants of the underrepresented sex. The term underrepresented sex here refers to if and when the share of either female or male students enrolled on the research study programme in the subject amounts to less than 40 per cent.


The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

When applying for admission to research studies, always attach the following documents:

  • The form: Application form for admission to research studies.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Proof of completed higher education, if applicable degree certificates.
  • Independent project (degree project).
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • A motivation letter describing reasons to pursue doctoral level training
  • A brief description of research interests (Maximum 5 pages)

As a general rule, applications and enclosures should be written in Swedish, English, Norwegian or Danish. Documents written in other languages must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (

When assessing higher education credentials from abroad, Örebro University follows the principles for validation applied by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). Applicants with higher education qualifications from abroad are recommended to contact UHR ( to have their qualifications assessed.

An application for admission to the programme is by default also an application for a doctoral studentship.

The application deadline is 2020-08-15. We look forward to receiving your application!

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