Lund University, The Department of Political Science

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 46 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The PhD programme in political science consists of 240 credits (equivalent to four years of full-time studies) and is concluded with the public defence of a doctoral thesis. The appointed doctoral student will receive a salary from the University during four years, and their primary obligation is to complete their PhD studies. The position may involve departmental duties, mainly in the form of teaching, up to 20 per cent of full time working hours, in which case the appointment will be extended by the equivalent number of hours. The doctoral student will have access to a work space at the Department of Political Science. The terms of employment for doctoral students are regulated in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (HF), Chapter 5, Sections 1– 7.

The position is associated with the research project Preconditions for a Modern Civil Defence, which is led by Associate Professor Rikard Bengtsson and funded by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). The project starts in 2018 and will end in 2022. The aim of the project is to analyze the societal, administrative and international preconditions for the development of a modern civil defence. Sweden is the empirical focus but the project will entail comparative elements. The doctoral student is expected to carry out research on a topic related to one of the sets of preconditions mentioned above that contributes to the general framework and goals of the project. Within these parameters, the doctoral student will conduct independent research and will enjoy the freedom to formulate research questions, develop theoretical ideas and choose methodological approaches.

The doctoral student is expected to be present and actively participate in the research and teaching environment at the department, as well as in the everyday activities of the project, including reporting to MSB. The main language of the PhD programme is English, but given the nature and empirical focus of the project, the doctoral student is required to have good knowledge of the Swedish language. The doctoral studentship will commence on 1 September 2018. The general syllabus and other information about the PhD programme in political science is available at:

The requirements for admission to third cycle courses and study programmes (in accordance with HF, Chapter 7, Section 35) are that the applicant

  • meets the general and specific entry requirements that the higher education institution may have laid down, and
  • is considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the course or study programme (Swedish Code of Statutes 2010:1064). 

A person meets the general entry requirements for third cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second cycle qualification,
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. 

Specific entry requirements
In addition to the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed at least 30 second cycle credits within the main field of political science, or acquired the equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad. The applicant must also have completed a Master’s degree thesis of at least 15 credits in political science or other discipline deemed equivalent.

Assessment criteria
Only applicants who are eligible for third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Admission is primarily to be based on the applicant’s ability to benefit from the third cycle programme.
The applicants will be ranked based on an overall assessment of the quality of their submitted thesis/theses and research plan, grades from previous studies, their personal suitability, and their capacity to contribute to the overall goals of the research project Preconditions for a Modern Civil DefenceAs third cycle studies in political science are very demanding, the applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently under time constraints. Good collaboration and communication skills are also required, as is proficiency in both written and spoken English.

Interviews will be conducted with a shortlisted number of applicants during the final stages of the admission process. The applicants may be asked to provide work samples.

The Department of Political Science particularly welcomes female applicants.

Application procedure
Applications are to be submitted electronically via the Lund University application portal.

The application must include: 

  • A cover letter in Swedish or English of max 1 000 words, which contains a brief presentation of yourself and your qualifications, as well as a brief explanation of why you are interested in third cycle studies at the Department of Political Science at Lund University.
  • A CV in Swedish or English that demonstrated your qualifications for the third cycle programme in Political Science.
  • Degree and grade certificates in Swedish or English.
  • Degree thesis/theses in Swedish or English corresponding to at least 30 credits (30 credits Master’s degree thesis or 15 credits Master’s degree thesis plus 15 credits Bachelor's degree thesis) in political science or other discipline deemed equivalent.
  • A brief research plan in Swedish or English of max 2 000 words including references, presenting your intended contribution to the project Preconditions for a Modern Civil Defence.
  • Name and contact information of two personal references (letters of reference are not required in the first stage of application).
  • Other documentation of relevance to the position.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2018-09-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/4185
  • Kristina Jönsson, director of studies, +46 (0)46 222 89 43,
  • Lisa Strömbom, dep. head of department, +46 (0)46 222 45 53,
  • Rikard Bengtsson, project leader, +46 (0)46 222 89 38,
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , +46 (0)46 222 93 64,
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46 (0)46 222 93 62,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, +46 (0)46 222 93 66,
Published 21.Dec.2017
Last application date 19.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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