Doctoral Studentship in Media and Communication Studies Within the Research Area of Critical and Cultural Theory


Ref AP-2021/348

Södertörn University in south Stockholm is a dynamic institute of higher education with a unique profile and high academic standard. A large proportion of the university staff holds doctorates and there is a strong link between undergraduate education and research. Södertörn University has around 11 000 students and 840 employees.
Södertörn University is an equal opportunities employer.

Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University is one of Sweden’s leading environments for media research and education. It engages with the contemporary media landscape and is founded on a historically informed understanding in which digital communication technologies and their contexts are related to their predecessors. The research environment currently comprises around 25 researchers/lecturers, including five full professors, eight associate professors (docents), and four doctoral students. All the doctoral students have an international profile, and English is the working language for the doctoral degree programme.

For more information, please click here (English version) or see (Swedish version).

General Syllabus for third-cycle programmes in Media and Communication Studies (English version) or Swedish version.

Critical and Cultural Theory is an interdisciplinary research environment with seven subjects in the humanities. Research focuses on critically motivated studies of cultural artefacts and human practices. For more information, please click here

Entry requirements

The general entry requirements are:

  1. a second-cycle qualification
  2. fulfilled requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
  3. substantially equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

The Faculty Board may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds. (Ordinance 2010:1064)

Specific entry requirements are fulfilled by a student who has passed courses worth at least 90 credits in Media and Communication Studies, including a degree project worth at least 15 credits, or who has acquired the equivalent knowledge abroad or through a previous qualification. If there are special grounds, the Faculty Board may permit an exemption from the specific entry requirements for an individual applicant.

The ability to assimilate academic material in English and a command of the language necessary for work on the thesis are prerequisites for admission to the degree programme.

Admission and employment

This position includes admission to third-cycle education, i.e. research level, and employment on a doctoral studentship at the School of Culture and Education at Södertörn University. The intended outcome for admitted students is a PhD. The programme covers 240 credits, which is the equivalent of four years of full-time study. The position may be extended by a maximum of one year due to the inclusion of departmental duties, i.e. education, research and/or administration (equivalent to no more than 20% of full-time). Other grounds for extension could be leave of absence because of illness or for service in the defence forces, an elected position in a trade union/student organisation, or parental leave. Provisions relating to employment on a doctoral studentship are in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1-7.

Date of employment: 1 September 2021

Information about admission regulations (including selection criteria) and third-cycle education at Södertörn University (English version) or Swedish version.

Further information
Göran Bolin, Director of Studies, Media and Communication Studies (third cycle), 
Mirjam Bargello Lindberg, Human Resources Officer, School of Culture and Education,, +46 (0)8 608 5174

Application procedure

Please use Södertörn University´s web-based recruitment system “ReachMee”. Click on the link at the bottom of the announcement.

Your application should be written in English and must include:
– an application letter
– curriculum vitae
– degree certificate and certificates that demonstrate eligibility to apply for the position
– Bachelor’s essay and dissertation at second-cycle level in the field in accordance with the entry requirements
– a research plan (project plan) of between 1000 and 1500 words. The project’s relevance to Critical and Cultural Theory must be clear.
– two references, with contact details.

If available, a maximum of three publications may also be attached.

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Please note that one copy of everything submitted in association with your application will be kept on file at Södertörn University for two years after the post has been filled, in accordance with a directive from the Swedish National Archives.

Application deadline: 30 June 2021 at 23:59.

Your application has to be submitted before deadline. 

Welcome with your application!

On our website,, there is an application template that the applicant needs to follow. Publications referred to must be attached to the application.

An application that is not complete or arrives at Södertörn University after the closing date may be rejected.

The current employment is valid on condition that the employment decision becomes valid.

Södertörn University may apply CV review.

Union representatives:
ST: ST: Björn Åkerblom tel: + 46 8 608 41 29,
SEKO: Henry Wölling tel: +46 8 524 840 80,

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