PhD student in Media and Communication Studies

 at the Department of Media Studies. Closing date: 15 October 2022.

The Department of Media Studies (IMS) is one of the larger departments within the Faculty of Humanities with more than 90 employees and 850 full-time students. The department has four undergraduate and graduate subject areas: Cinema Studies, Fashion Studies, Journalism and Media and Communication Studies. These are divided into three divisions: Film; Journalism and Media and Communication (JMK); and Fashion. 

Project description
Media and Communication Studies is a broad cross-disciplinary subject for the study of different media content, societal significance and technological conditions. The research field provides a comprehensive understanding from a historical and contemporary perspective of the importance of media on local, national and international levels.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Media and Communication Studies stipulates that applicants must have received a passing grade on course work of at least 30 higher education credits from the second cycle in Media and Communication Studies, including a degree project (normally a Master’s thesis) of at least 15 credits.

In addition, the applicant is required to be proficient in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English. This includes the ability to read, speak, and write in one of these languages.

The entry requirements can also be met by students who have acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The selection is made by an admissions committee. 

The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity:

  1. Previous education in general. Assessment of both depth and breadth of previous  education.
  2. Scholarly production. Based on a Bachelor’s thesis, a Master’s thesis or other academic papers, the potential of the applicant to benefit from the education is assessed. The assessment should also take into consideration the aspect of time, that is, to what extent the applicant has shown the ability to meet his or her previous scholarly obligations within given time constraints. In addition, the extent to which the applicant provides evidence of developing academic proficiency is considered. The scholarly production is judged with regard to critical and analytical ability, independence and creativity.
  3. Research plan. In connection to the application the applicant must provide a brief description of his or her area of research. The applicant must enclose a research plan, which should cover the research problem and an outline of the research project. The research plan is to be assessed according to its relevance, originality and feasibility within given time constraints (that is, full-time work during a four-year period of doctoral studies or two years for a licentiate).
  4. Availability of supervision.
  5. Ability to collaborate. The ability of the applicant to collaborate with others is to be determined by personal references, certificates or interviews.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations.

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact the Deputy Head of the Department, Associate Professor Professor Anja Hirdman, telephone: +46 8 16 31 94, or  the Director of Doctoral Studies in Media and Communication Studies, Professor Anna Roosvall, telephone: +46 8 16 44 97,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Project proposal/Research proposal describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement 
    – why and how you wish to complete the project 
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question%]
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

Stockholm University contributes to the development of sustainable democratic society through knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of truth.

Closing date: 15/10/2022

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