Lunds universitet, Konstnärliga fakulteten i Malmö, Teaterhögskolan i Malmö

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 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.

The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts is one of eight faculties within Lund University and includes Malmö Art Academy, Malmö Academy of Music and Malmö Theatre Academy, also Inter Arts Center and Choral Centre South. The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts offers Bachelor and Master programs in visual art, music and drama, and various courses of different extent. The Faculty also runs third cycle (postgraduate) studies and artistic research and music education.

Malmö Theatre Academy, located in the centre of Malmö’s creative Möllevången district, is part of the Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts at Lund University. The Academy is a place of study or workplace for more than 100 people.
The education assignment is 60 full-year places in the form of freestanding courses and first, second and third cycle programmes in theatre. Malmö Theatre Academy aspires to be a leading educational and research department in the field of theatre as well as a relevant and open platform in Malmö. We offer particularlypromising and motivated students and researchers a clearly profiled and international environment that prepares them for a challenging and changing profession.

Artistic research highlights the combination of perspectives on artistic practice, artistic knowledge development and artistic learning. The participation of the doctoral students in the department’s breadth of activities is an essential part of the development of the department’s collective knowledge environment. In practice, this means that the doctoral students are to take part in the department’s meetings and actively to contribute to knowledge development. This entails a requirement for regular attendance and presumes in principle that the doctoral students live within commuting distance of the academy. The department has the right to require the doctoral students’ active participation in the teaching offered.

Work duties

Within the framework of the position, to conduct research studies leading to a doctoral degree in theatre. Besides the obligation to dedicate themselves to their own research studies, doctoral students may work to a limited extent on education, research and artistic research and administration pursuant to Chapter 5 Section 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100). This type of work requires regular attendance at the academy.


Only those admitted to a third cycle study programme may be employed as doctoral students.

A person is qualified for a third cycle study programme in the arts if they

  • have completed a Master’s degree,
  • meet the course requirements of at least 240 credits within theatre study programmes or comparable study programmes, of which at least 60 credits obtained in the second cycle or
  • have acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in some other way, within the country or abroad.

The specific entry requirements for artistic research studies are met by those who

  • have submitted a plan and purpose for an intended project and had it assessed and approved by the admissions board,
  • have conducted independent work of such a nature as to enable the assessment of the applicant’s suitability for the study programme,
  • have artistic expertise in relation to the main area of study, theatre, or other relevant link to artistic activity within the field, and
  • are assessed as possessing the other abilities required to successfully complete the programme.

Grounds for assessment

In connection with their application, applicants are to present their intended research project in a research plan. The plan is to include a project description and an outline of the implementation of the project. The grounds for selection among the candidates are the applicant’s qualifications at the time of application. After an initial selection, interviews will be conducted with the most qualified applicants. If necessary, the admissions board may request additional documents.

The criteria for selection are

  • the applicant’s suitability for artistic research work and their ability to benefit from the research studies programme,
  • the artistic quality and feasibility of the project within the stated timeframe (i.e. over a period corresponding to four years of full-time study),
  • the quality of the research plan with regard to relevance, originality, research issues and method description as well as links and relevance to the collective field of knowledge, and
  • the department’s wishes for specialisation and ability to provide supervision.

The fact that an applicant’s previous studies or professional activities are assessed as transferable credits for the research studies programme is not to give that applicant any precedence over other applicants in the selection process.

See also general syllabus for artistic research studies in theatre:

Provisions for employment as a doctoral student are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100). In the appointment process, the main emphasis is to be on the applicant’s ability to benefit from the research studies programme.

Applications are to include

  • a project plan (5–10 pages) for an intended artistic doctoral thesis project, containing the aim, methods, schedule and form of documentation,
  • certified list of qualifications and certified qualification documents, and
  • documented artistic work within the field of theatre.

The basis for selection among the applicants is their qualifications at the time of application. After an initial selection, interviews will be conducted with the most qualified candidates. If necessary, the admissions board may request complementary documentation. Applicants only applying for admission to research studies, without employment as a doctoral student, are in addition to attach a certified study finance plan for the entire period of study (maximum 4 years in case of full-time studies and maximum 8 years at half-time rate of study).

Interviews are planned to take place in March 2019.

Application process

We encourage candidates to apply electronically via the Lund University applications portal. Complementary documents, in the form of bound publications/equivalent are to be sent to: Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University, Box 8084, 200 41 MALMÖ. The registration number is to be stated in connection with documents sent by post. The application is to contain a CV and other documents the applicant wishes to highlight for the current appointment.

Doctoral student in artistic research in theatre

Form of employment: Fixed-term employment, for a maximum of four years at full-time study rate.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment hösten 2019 eller våren 2020
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100
City Malmö
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/4087
  • Ditte Bjerg, Ass Professor, head of departme, 040-325595, 070-2666907
  • Kent Sjöström, Ass Professor, head of resear, 040-325578, 070-6689310
  • Sven Bjerstedt, Ass Professor, 040-325578
  • Jörgen Dahlqvist, Ass Professor, 040-325594
Union representative
  • OFR/S: ST Union office , 046-222 93 62
  • SACO: Saco council at Lund University, office, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 06.Dec.2018
Last application date 31.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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