One Doctoral Studentship in Media and Communication Studies Within the Research Area of Critical and Cultural Theory, Affiliated With the Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS)

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 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 three 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.

The planned research for this studentship must be relevant to the Baltic Sea region or Eastern Europe, since

the position is affiliated with the Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS),,

which is financed by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, and part of the Centre for Baltic

and East European Studies (CBEES), at Södertörn University.

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 fulltime

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),

Claudia Lindén, Chairperson, Critical and Cultural Theory,

Florence Fröhlig, Director of Studies, Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS),

Mirjam Bargello Lindberg, Human Resources Officer, School of Culture and Education,

Application procedure

Please use Södertörn University´s web-based recruitment system “ReachMee”. Click on the link “ansök”

(apply) 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


– a research plan (project plan) of between 1000 and 1500 words. The project’s relevance to Critical and

Cultural Theory and studies of the Baltic Sea region or Eastern Europe must be clear

– two references, with contact details.

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

Application deadline: 15 February 2021 at 23:59

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. Welcome with

your application! Union representatives: SACO: ST: Karin Magnusson, tel: +46 8 608 41

75, SEKO: Henry Wölling tel: +46 8 524 840 80, Södertörn

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