Two (2) PhD positions in Curriculum Studies
Uppsala University Department of Education

Two (2) PhD positions in Curriculum Studies

Sort on published: 2019-04-11


Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with 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 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.


The Department of Education (EDU) conducts research, offers several Third-cycle (doctoral) study programs and First and Second levels (Bachelor, Master) programs within the subjects of Curriculum studies, Education, and Sociology of Education. EDU also has extensive educational involvement in programs such as the Teaching program and the Human Resource program. EDU has 260 employees with approximately 185 teachers/researchers, 50 doctoral students and 25 administrators. More information about the department is available at Department of Education

Project description: 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.

For these PhD positions 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. For information on these areas see Curriculum Studies

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: Applications should include:

  • completed application form for doctoral studies, see Application third-cycle studies
  • the relevant theses
  • certified transcripts of academic records
  • a short CV stating research interests
  • a draft thesis plan
  • any publications and other relevant papers and documents that the applicant wishes to invoke.

The draft thesis plan of no more than 5 pages should take up issues relevant to the proposed research topics, the discipline-related context, earlier research, the nature of the empirical 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. 

For university guidelines for third-cycle education see: Guidelines Third-cycle Education

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

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 Forskarutbildning 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.

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

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: August 1, 2019 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 Jonas Almqvist,  

Please submit your application in Swedish or English via the university's online recruitment system no later than May 2nd, 2019, UFV-PA 2019/1213.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at



Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.


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: Seko Universitetsklubben 

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/1213

Last application date: 2019-05-02

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