2.1 Eligibility

The standard qualification is a Bachelor's in Physics or Astronomy and 60 hp (one year) of Master level studies in astronomy. At least 30 of those master level astronomy credits need to be a thesis project. Students with similar qualifications obtained nationally or internationally are also considered. A lack of basic astronomy courses may be compensated for by a broader base in physics.

2.2 Application

Study grants and PhD studentships are only advertised when funding is available (either from the university or from external sources). However, the dates for advertisement are not random, but fixed at the start of the calendar year (announced here). An application usually consists of a Curriculum Vitae, an undergraduate exam certificate, a compilation of course information, a copy of the thesis work if applicable, and, if possible, a description of research interests. However, be sure to always carefully read the information in the advertisement. Apart from your academic achievements, motivation is also considered to be an important requirement for entering the graduate programme. Please keep this in mind when writing your application.

2.3 Admission

Students are admitted to graduate studies by the Board of the department. A secured funding in terms of a study grant or employment as a PhD student is required for admission. In exceptional cases, admission may also be granted if secure funding over 4 years can be obtained in another way. In addition, the department must be able to provide adequate thesis supervision and working conditions. An evaluation of the student's capacity to pursue graduate studies is always performed.

2.4 Funding

By law graduate studies in Sweden must have a secure funding. Normally this is provided through a study grant ("utbildningsbidrag") or employment in a PhD studentship ("doktorandtjänst"), offered by the department for a maximum length of 4 years (full time studies). These can be combined with an assistantship at the 20% level (financed by the department), resulting in effectively 5 years of financed studies. The department cannot guarantee an assistantship to every student. A initial study grant is converted into a PhD studentship at the latest when two years of graduate studies remain.

The study grant (about 1100 Euro per month after tax) provides a somewhat lower salary than the PhD studentship (starting at about 1300 Euro per month after tax), and also results in a lower level of social security and health insurance (although basic health insurance is always covered). Normally studies based on university funding start with a study grant and are converted into a PhD studentship after 21 months. Studies based on external funding may start directly with a PhD studentship, this depending on the requirements of the funding agency. For more general information , e.g., on social security and health insurance, visit doktorandhandboken.nu.
Doktorandhandboken (Swedish)
Handbook of Postgraduate Studies (English)