Doctoral student in Media and Communication studies

Örebro University and the School of of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (HumES) are looking for a doctoral student for the doctoral programme in Media and Communication studies, concluding with a doctoral degree. Start date: Fall 2022.

Project description

Media and Communication studies at Örebro University has three sub-groups representing different research themes: Discourse, Communication and Media, Moving Images and Screen Cultures, and Strategic Communication. Research in the sub-groups comprises a variety of areas that have a common interest in cross-disciplinary and critical approaches. By applying a multitude of theories and methods, different types of communicative and mediated practices and phenomena are explored both in local and global contexts. The forms and conditions of mediated communication and their impact on societal changes are central issues of investigation. The subject consists of an international group of researchers and Ph.D. students from different parts of the world which enrichens our perspectives and approaches. Collaborations with other researchers and milieus are integral parts of the subject’s research work, as well as collaborations with organizations and institutions outside of academia.

The doctoral student will be supervised by a principal supervisor and an assistant supervisor. The student’s thesis project should be connected to the ongoing research in one of the three sub-groups. The research group Discourse, Communication and Media (DCM) focuses on critical, multimodal discourse studies, analyses of talk, and journalistic studies with a global perspective. Studies explore various forms of communication in contemporary journalism, politics, popular culture, and society that take place on a variety of media platforms. Moving Images and Screen Cultures (MISC) hosts researchers from various strands of film studies and media studies and is characterized by both theoretical and methodological breadth. Research expands over historic and ethnographic studies of film culture to explorations of transmedia storytelling and studies of film as thought/theory/philosophy. Research within Strategic Communication (SCOM) revolves around how the modern media landscape impacts on the development of strategic communication and its audiences/target groups. The researchers’ interests include strategic communication within the corporate, government authority and political spheres. You find more information regarding three groups and the researchers here:

The programme and the doctoral studentship

The doctoral programme consists of courses and an independent research project that you will present in a doctoral thesis. The programme concludes with a doctoral degree and comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study.

Our ambition is for your doctoral studies to be stimulating and purposeful throughout the programme until you have obtained your doctoral degree. A thorough introduction will therefore get you off to a good start and provide a solid foundation on which you can build your studies. As a doctoral student at Örebro University, you will be offered a specially tailored seminar series, covering matters ranging from doctoral programme rules and careers to support during the study period and networking.

The doctoral position is linked to a full-time studentship for the duration of the study programme. More information on doctoral studentships, part-time studies and part-time doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook. The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is SEK 29100 per month. The doctoral studentship is a tailored form of employment for students enrolled in a doctoral programme. It guarantees employment for the duration of the doctoral programme (given that the studies progress in line with the student’s individual study plan).

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to doctoral studies, applicants are required to meet both general entry requirements and specific entry requirements. In addition, applicants must be considered to have other abilities 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 Media and Communication studies.

Applicants meet the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in Media and Communication Studies if they have 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 or in an equivalent main field of study (such Film Studies and Media History). Applicants who have acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meet the specific entry requirements.    Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible.


The following assessment criteria will be used in the selection process:

  • the scientific quality of theses and other relevant scholarly texts submitted by the applicant,
  • overall quality and feasibility of the suggested research project,
  • the research description’s relevance for, and relation to, the subject’s three research groups’ projects,
  • the suggested research topic’s potential to contribute to any of the following specific research areas: new cinema history; film and audio-visual media as means for theoretical or philosophical expression; risk and crisis communication, strategic communication in the public sector; use of social media in organizational communication; communication of “good” foods and healthy lifestyles; journalism in a changing and globalized world.


For more information about the programme and the doctoral studentship, contact Head of research,  Göran Eriksson, +4619303815, or Head of Division Annika Gardhorn, +4619303956,

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterized by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

Application to the programme and for the doctoral studentship

The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • The form Application for/decision on admission to research studies
  • CV
  • Certificate on completed higher education courses and study programmes, and if applicable a degree certificate
  • Degree project/independent project
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Project description – detailing the topic and aim, research questions and outline, scientific relevance, theory, and method as well as material (5-10 pages).

As a main rule, application documents and attachments are to be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English. Certificates and documents in other languages verifying your qualifications and experience must be translated by an authorised translator to Swedish or English. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from Kammarkollegiet (the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency),

When you apply for admission, you automatically also apply for a doctoral studentship.
More information for applicants will be found at out career site:

The application deadline is 2022-05-15. We look forward to receiving your application!

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As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.