PhD Positions in Education Studies
Uppsala University Department of Education

Two PhD Student Positions in Education Studies

Published: 2021-03-18

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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

The science of Education (Pedagogy) aims to develop knowledge of the processes, both formal and informal, through which people are formed and changed in different social, cultural and institutional contexts, such as preschool, school, family, leisure time, working life and higher education. Education is concerned with different aspects of upbringing, formation, education, learning, teaching and the prerequisites for and implementation of other social processes. Questions investigated include, for example, how and why different forms of values, knowledge and skills arise, are maintained and change among and between generations, groups and individuals.

Project description: As a PhD student you will mainly be working within one of the following research groups in Education: STEP, CLIP or PS. One of the PhD positions will be specifically oriented towards STEP.

Studies in Educational Policy and Educational Philosophy (STEP) performs studies on professions and governance, management and evaluation of educational processes and learning in educational institutions and working life. The selection, organisation and legitimization of knowledge, values and identities are analysed. Specific attention is given to the interplay between different levels and between education policy and practice, in relation to globalization, migration, digitalization and the so-called knowledge-based society.

Studies in Childhood, Learning and Identities as Interactional Practices (CLIP) studies social interaction, learning, and identity processes with a specific interest in the study of children’s and young people’s everyday life, social relations and learning in preschool and school, digital practices, multilingualism, mobility and spatiality. The research also encompasses the perspectives of professionals, learning in professional education and workplace interaction.

Pedagogics and Special Needs (PS) is focusing on central questions related to inclusion and support measures, especially within the framework of school and preschool but also in other arenas. The research encompasses theoretical analyses and conceptual investigations, broad empirical surveys, as well as analysis of and interventions in specific learning environments. In focus are questions related to professions, the relationship policy-practice, pedagogical-philospophical questions and the shaping of pedagogical practices.

More information about the research groups in Education can be found at the department website:

The full-time employment will be on a temporary basis for a period of four years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). PhD students are expected to study full-time and actively participate in the department’s activities. 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.

Requirements: In order to be eligible for PhD studies in Education at Uppsala university the following requirements need to be met: a) completion of an advanced level degree b) fulfillment of the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits awarded at the advanced level, and c) have completed courses of at least 90 credits in Education, or the equivalent in some other form in Sweden or abroad. Proficiency in Swedish is not a requirement for employment, but the applicant is expected to learn Swedish, and must have an excellent command of spoken and written English.

Applications should include: completed and signed application form (see one copy of relevant degree theses (bachelor's thesis and master's thesis or equivalent), a short CV with any publications, degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements, as well as other documents or merits that the applicant wants to highlight. The application shall also include a short description (2 to 3 pages) of the applicant's planned research focus with a research plan (including research question(s), 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) and why the applicant is interested in pursuing doctoral studies. 

All documents submitted with the application should be in Swedish or English. All attached documentation in other languages than Swedish and English, should be officially translated into English.

For more information on PhD programmes at the department, see

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

For the curriculum regulating third-cycle education in education studies, see Allmän studieplan pedagogik.

The doctoral training in education is also regulated by the Faculty of Educational Sciences “Procedures for the Admission to Doctoral Studies”, “Continuation of Employment”, Prolongation of Employment” and “Procedures for the PhD Student’s Individual Study Plan”, see utbildningsvetenskap.

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 PhD studies: Gunilla Lindqvist,, phone 018-471 3813. Research leader, professor Eva Forsberg, phone 018-471 5884.

Please submit your application by 12 April 2021, UFV-PA 2021/970.

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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: 2

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/970

Last application date: 2021-04-12

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