Lund University, Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts,

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 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 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 in artistic research and music education.

The doctoral programme in Visual Arts or a degree of Doctor in Fine Arts is based on artistic knowledge and artistic work. This knowledge and work serve as the tools and perspectives for exploring the research issue selected by the student. The doctoral work will focus on thinking through the visual. The dissertation will also contain a reflective component


Admission is for four years of full-time study leading to a doctoral degree in Fine Arts. Research students are admitted in compliance with Lund University’s admission rules for third cycle studies.

Work duties

The main task for doctoral students is to dedicate themselves to their third cycle studies, which entails running their own research project and attending research studies courses. The language of both tuition and the doctoral thesis is English.

General entry requirements

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

1) has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, 2) has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or 3) has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or

The higher education institution may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds. Ordinance (2010:1064).

Specific entry requirements

The specific entry requirements for admission to third cycle studies in fine art are met by candidates who: 1) has been awarded a degree of at least 240 credits in visual arts or has equivalent experience of artistic work, and 2) has produced artistic or curatorial work of an independent nature sufficient for assessment of the candidate’s suitability for the programme, and 3) has a good ability to both understand and write texts in English.

Grounds for assessment

  • the applicant’s plan and aim for an artistic project and the admissions board’s assessment of these,
  • the applicant’s suitability for artistic research,
  • the artistic quality of the project and its feasibility in relation to the timeframe (i.e. a period of four years of full-time study),
  • the quality of the project plan in terms of relevance, originality, research issues, links and relevance to the general area of knowledge and proposed methods, and
  • the department’s desired specialisation and access to supervisors.

Instructions to applicants

The application is to be written in English. A portfolio and a research plan presenting the applicant’s research project is to be attached to the application. The plan is to contain a project description, method description and a sketch of the implementation of the research project, including a schedule (3-4 pages). Physical  attachments are to be sent to: Malmö Art Academy, Att. Charlotta Österberg, Box 4035, 203 11 Malmö, Sweden.

Terms of employment

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Expected start is 1. September 2022.

The Generals syllabus can be found here: General syllabus

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Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2022-09-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Malmö
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/132
  • Maj Hasager, ‪040-325700‬
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 19.Jan.2022
Last application date 15.Mar.2022 11:59 PM CET

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