doctoral study opportunities, Örebro University

Ref: ORU 2.2.1-00118/2017

Örebro University is a modern and prominent broad-based university with the courage to review and the ability to evolve. Our professional degree programmes are among the best in the country and we endeavour to be an attractive place of work where members of staff feel a sense of pride and satisfaction. 1,300 employees, 400 doctoral students and 15,000 students come to work and study at Örebro University.

The School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences at Örebro University is currently offering doctoral study opportunities within Media and Communication Studies as part of the initiative “Successful Ageing”.

The doctoral study initiative “Successful Ageing” is a central component of a cross-faculty research theme in which the ageing part of our population is viewed as a resource rather than a problem. The goal is to develop a better understanding of what “successful ageing” is or could be, focusing on its components and underlying mechanisms, as well as on the design of concrete methods, innovations, products, etcetera, that will support successful ageing from an individual, organisational and social perspective. This is important, not only for the well-being of the elderly themselves, but also for the future development of a society for all.

Media and Communication Studies at Örebro University is a thriving research environment of recognised international and global standing. It houses peer-reviewed international publications such as “Journal of Language and Politics” and “Social Semiotics”, as well as the book series “Bloomsbury Advances in Critical Discourse Studies”. Media and Communication Studies at Örebro is one of the world’s leading centres in critical studies of traditional/online media discourse, of political and strategic communication, and of film and visual communication.

Doctoral studentships

The position announced is linked to the doctoral programme Successful Ageing. The proposed doctoral project should aim at answering questions about the role of the media in mediatisation and discursive construction of successful ageing and elderly wellbeing. The project must be empirically driven and should fall within the field of, broadly understood, critical studies of discourse.

The successful candidate is expected to be able to communicate scientific results in English, both in speech and in writing.

The successful candidate is offered a place on the doctoral programme concluding with the Degree of Doctor. The position is offered as a full-time doctoral studentship for the duration of the programme (4 years). The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is 25,300 SEK per month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to doctoral studies, applicants are required to meet general and specific entry requirements. In addition, they shall be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject.

General entry requirements

Applicants meet the general entry requirements for doctoral studies if they:

  1. have been awarded a qualification at the Master’s level, or
  2. have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits (four years) of which at least 60 credits (one year) were awarded at the Master’s level, or
  3. have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible.

Specific entry requirements A person meets the specific entry requirements* for doctoral studies in the subject if he or she has received a passing grade in courses of at least 120 credits, including an independent project on both the advanced course level and on the second cycle, in media and communication studies. Applicants who have acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meet the specific entry requirements.

Transitional provisions

Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible. This primarily refers to a passing grade in courses of at least 80 credits under the previous credit system, including an independent project on both the previous advanced course level/60 credit level and the previous higher advanced course level/80 credit level, in media and communication studies.

* This is a translation of the specific entry requirements and transitional provisions as found in the general syllabus for the subject. In the event of a discrepancy, the Swedish-language version shall prevail.


In selecting between applicants, their ability to benefit from the doctoral studies shall be taken into account. If applicants are found to have equal qualifications, preference will be given to applicants of the underrepresented sex. The term underrepresented sex here refers to if and when the share of either female or male students enrolled on the doctoral programme in the subject amounts to less than 40 per cent.


For information on doctoral studies at Örebro University, go to the university’s webpages on doctoral education .


More information about the programme and the position can be obtained from Dean of humanities & Social Sciences, Prof. Joachim Åström .

Application for the programme and the doctoral studentship The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure (please note that this feature does not work on mobile phones or tablets).

For the application to be complete, it must contain the following documents in electronic format:

The form ” Application form for admission to research studies

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Proof of completed higher education; if applicable, degree certificates

Independent project (degree project)

Copies of relevant certificates/references

Project description

As a general rule, applications and attachments should be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English. Documents in other languages must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency ( ).

An application for admission to the programme is by default also an application for a doctoral studentship.

The application deadline is 10 February 2017. We look forward to receiving your application.

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