PhD Position in Sociology of Education
Uppsala University Department of Education

PhD Student Position in Sociology of Education

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

Sociology of Education explores formation, education, teaching, upbringing and learning in relation to other parts of society and to radical social processes, such as globalisation and transformations to working life. A central topic within Sociology of Education research conducted at the Department of Education is the encounter between the different kinds of assets possessed by pupils, students and teachers and the prevailing order in the educational system. Another important research area is the growth and development of educational institutions and the relationship between education and other social fields, such as culture, economics or politics. As a discipline, Sociology of Education is based on more general traditions of research in social and historical sciences.

Project description: PhD project in the subject Sociology of Education. Information about ongoing research within Sociology of Education at Uppsala University can be found here: The research is also closely linked to the activities that take place within the research groups Sociology of Education and Culture (SEC),, and Uppsala Studies of History and Education (SHED),

PhD students primarily focus on their own research, and the studies consist of four years of full-time employment. Doctoral students are also expected to actively participate in the department's activities. Teaching or other responsibilities at the department corresponding to a maximum of 20 percent can be assigned, in which case the position may be extended to a corresponding extent.

Requirements: The general eligibility requirements for third-cycle education are met by applicants who have a completed degree at the advanced level, completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are at the advanced level. A candidate is also eligible if equivalent knowledge has been acquired within or outside the country. The specific eligibility requirements for PhD studies in Sociology of Education are completion of courses corresponding to 90 higher education credits in a humanities or social science subject with content relevant to Sociology of Education. Language skills in Swedish are not a requirement for employment, but the applicant is expected to learn Swedish and to have high proficiency in spoken and written English. Skills in other languages can also be regarded as a merit.

The application must include:

  1. A completed application form for admission to third-cycle studies (see application form)
  2. A CV with official transcripts that verify that the applicant has met both the general and special eligibility requirements to be admitted as a doctoral student within Sociology of Education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. Copies of official diplomas and grade transcripts are also required.
  3. Independently written scientific papers or essays, such as at the C- or D-level or a master degree thesis, and if applicable published academic texts that strengthen your qualifications in Sociology of Education. 
  4. A dissertation plan of a maximum of 10 pages that addresses the aim of the study, problems and questions to be addressed, theoretical perspectives underpinning the study, methodology, data to be collected and analysed as well as a list of references.

All documents supporting the application, except independently written scientific papers or essays, need to 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.

Doctoral studies in Sociology of Education is also regulated by the subject’s study plan,

The doctoral studies are also regulated by the Faculty of Educational Sciences, for routines for admission to postgraduate education, allocation of new student grants, extension of student grants and handling of doctoral students' individual study plans, 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: Emil Bertilsson,, tel. 018-471 2467, research leader Professor Mikael Börjesson,

Please submit your application by 12 April 2021, UFV-PA 2021/969.

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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 2021/969

Last application date: 2021-04-12

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