The PhD Programme
The Department of Peace and Conflict Research offers a PhD programme that lasts for 4 years, including compulsory course work corresponding to about 1 year of fulltime studies. PhD candidates are often involved in teaching or administration up to 20% of their time, so it may take up to 5 years to complete the PhD programme. The purpose of the PhD programme is to make students capable of scientific research. It includes both course work and the completion of a PhD thesis. A PhD degree is of value for further academic research and teaching activities as well as for advanced professional work outside the academic world.
It is important for prospective applicants to note that PhD candidates at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, as with most Swedish universities, become employees of the university, that is, they are not seen as students. A consequence of this is that there are no tuition fees, but normally there are also no scholarships available.
Swedish as well as foreign students can apply. Only a limited number of students are admitted. Basic studies in peace and conflict studies or related subjects are required for admission. The application needs to include essays/writing samples in the form of a BA and/or an MA thesis or an essay corresponding to a C-level/Master-level course paper in the social sciences. Applicants should also present a plan for a possible research project leading to a dissertation.
The Department strives to advertise one or more faculty-funded PhD candidate positions in connection with any given admission opportunity. Applicants with external funding need to apply in the regular round of applications and are assessed according to the same criteria as for faculty-funded positions. At a minimum, to be considered, the applicant needs to document guaranteed full external financing for at least 2 years. External funding here refers to two types of financing organization: either a reputed research council or an equivalent research funding organization with a professional capacity to independently assess the quality of applications or a national/international governmental/non-governmental organization that wants to sponsor one of its employees, for example, to raise the professional competence of the person in question.
Next Admission Opportunity
The department is currently seeking to fill three PhD positions: one general position in peace and conflict research, and two positions in peace and conflict research with a focus on international interventions and violence against civilians. See the announcement and further information on how to apply.
Please note that potential supervisors should not be contacted in advance. For more information about the admission process, see the webpage how to apply to the phd programme.
See also the list of PhD Dissertations in Peace in Conflict Research of the last years.
Desirée Nilsson (Director of Studies, PhD Programme)
Phone: +46 (0) 18 471 63 87