PhD Position in Curriculum Studies
Uppsala University Department of Education

PhD Student Position in Curriculum Studies

Published: 2021-03-18

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Education (EDU) provides research and study programmes at doctoral, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as contract education, in the subjects of curriculum studies, education, and sociology of education. At EDU there are several Master programmes. EDU has around 300 employees, of which 200 are teachers/researchers, 70 are doctoral students and 25 are administrators. More information about the department is available at

Curriculum studies (Swedish/German: Didaktik, French: Didactiques) as a field of research and area of knowledge deals with matters relating to the content of education and teaching. The subject of curriculum studies is deeply rooted in both scientific traditions and teaching practices. The research questions which constitute the core of curriculum studies arise at the meeting point between specific subject-matter and teaching and learning of that subject-matter. It is therefore of interest to study, for example, the content of the teaching and what justifies the selection of that content, who the teaching is aimed at and how their learning process works, how the subject-material is handled in the teaching and who has power over the selection process.

Project description: For this PhD position applicants are welcome to submit project plans that investigate Curriculum Studies issues (from pre-school to higher education) relating to research areas that are represented at the Department of Education. We especially welcome proposals on so-called challenge-based teaching on sustainability issues within higher education settings. For information on our research areas see

The full-time employment will be on a temporary basis for a period of four years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). Departmental duties (typically teaching and administration) at a level of at most 20% can be included in the position, in which case the employment period will be extended beyond the four years. PhD students are expected to study full-time and actively participate in the department’s activities.

Qualifications: A general eligibility of 240 ECTS credits is required, 60 of which are obtained at advanced level, corresponding to four years’ full-time university studies. 90 credits should have direct relevance for curriculum studies. An applicant may also be considered qualified if s/he has acquired the corresponding competence in other ways. Language skills in Swedish are not a requirement for employment, but the candidate is expected to learn Swedish. A good command of written and oral English language is required. For further information on the requirements for general and special eligibility for studies in the field of Curriculum Studies see contacts below.

Applications should include: completed and signed application form, copies of relevant degree theses (bachelor's thesis and master's thesis or equivalent), a short CV stating publications (if any), copies of degree certificates and grade transcripts, a draft thesis plan, any publications and other relevant papers and documents that the applicant wishes to invoke. The application shall also include a description of the applicant's research interests and a draft thesis plan of no more than 5 pages which  should take up issues relevant to the proposed research topic, the discipline-related context, earlier research, the nature of the data needed for the study and its methodology, as well as reflections on the relevance of the thesis project.

All documents submitted with the application should be in Swedish or English.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

See also the curriculum regulating third-cycle education in curriculum studies, including the required qualifications, at 

The post-graduate training is regulated by the Faculty of Educational Sciences in “Procedures for the Admission to Doctoral Studies”, “Continuation of Employment”, Prolongation of Employment” and “Procedures for the PhD Student’s Individual Study Plan”. For more information see

A doctoral student may be employed for maximum eight years, however the length (or duration) of the employment may not exceed the equivalent to full-time doctoral studies of four years.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: 1 September 2021 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact: Director of studies for post-graduate education: Kajsa Bråting,, phone +46 18 471 2297. Research leaders, Professor Jenny Wiksten Folkeryd,, Professor Leif Östman,

Please submit your application by 12 April 2021, UFV-PA 2021/968.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Education

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/968

Last application date: 2021-04-12

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