PhD Position specialized in Global Media Studies within Media and Communication Studies or Journalism

Reference number: SU FV-4.2.3-1354-13
Application Deadline: 2013-05-23
Stockholm University invites applications for a position as PhD candidate
at the Department of Media Studies (IMS), Section for Journalism, Media and Communication Studies (JMK). The position calls for a specialization in the field of Global Media Studies, within the framework of the newly founded Stockholm University Graduate School of International Studies (SIS), broadly defined as the study of political, economic, social, cultural and legal issues in an increasingly globalized world. 

The SIS Graduate School is a new initiative and is part of a multidisciplinary cooperation between five departments at Stockholm University: Department of Economic History, (international relations), Department of Human Geography (Urban and Regional Planning Geography), Department of Political Science (International Politics and European Politics), the Department of Media Studies and the Faculty of Law (International Law).

SIS gathers some of the main competences of Stockholm University within international studies and provides new opportunities for coordination and cross-fertilization within its research and postgraduate study programme. The postgraduate student will, apart from Department of Media Studies’ own PhD programme, participate in the profile courses of the Graduate School, receive cross-disciplinary supervision, attend common research seminars and get access to the Graduate School’s international network.

IMS/JMK has a strong research tradition in globalization and transnational media studies, especially focusing on comparative national and local contexts, visual culture studies, and online participatory culture in both everyday experience and in crises and war. IMS equally comprises the Section for Cinema Studies and the Centre for Fashion Studies with additional opportunities for other types of cooperation and interdisciplinary perspectives. More information can be found at

Education and duties
The doctoral programme leads to a doctor’s degree and comprises 240 ECTS, including the dissertation. Certain duties at the department are included such as e.g. teaching or administration. These duties should not exceed 20 per cent of the total amount of working hours. The position ranges over four years, with a possible extension of an additional year.

Qualifications and Admission         
In order to be qualified for the postgraduate study programme you apply for, you must meet general as well as specific entry requirements and in other respects be judged to have the abilities required to benefit from the study programme.

A person meets the general entry requirements for the doctoral programme if he or she has been awarded a Bachelor’s degree and has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits (ECTS) of which at least 60 credits are on the advanced level, or if the person can be considered to have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge 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 circumstances.

A person meets the specific entry requirements if he or she has completed courses comprising at least 90 credits/ECTS in Journalism Studies or Media and Communication Studies on the Bachelor level. He/she may also be considered qualified if substantially equivalent knowledge gained in some other way can be documented, either in Sweden or abroad.

During the admission process to the doctoral programme special attention will be given to the applicant’s critical and analytical skills, methodological and scientific maturity, the level of analytical independence in previous research, as well as the submitted research plan. The ideal applicant will include a research plan that corresponds to the department’s specialization in Global Media Studies. The formal decision for admission is made by the departmental chair in collaboration with the board. 

N.B. JMK requires that each applicant submit a research plan.
The research plan should present the aim of the doctoral dissertation, any related research hypotheses and issue complexes, the empirical research material, and theoretical and methodological considerations. The plan should consist of a time plan for the accomplishment of the programme, and should comprise 7 pages.

The programme requires a very good command of Swedish and English.

Admission will be granted after an individual assessment of the applicant’s ability to benefit from the programme during the fixed time range, given the research plan and the working conditions described above. The admission process takes place at IMS according to a predefined admission system in consultation with the SIS steering group.  Start: September 1, 2013. 

Applications should be sent electronically to the registrar at Stockholm University, marked with the Reference number SU FV-4.2.3-1354-13, by e-mail
Please submit your postal address, e-mail address and phone number.

The Application should consist of
- a CV (curriculum vitae)
- completed Bachelor and Master theses
- a research plan and possibly other scientific texts that demonstrate the applicant’s ability to benefit from the doctoral programme
- an application letter with a description of the applicant’s motivations and view of his/her postgraduate studies in relation to the SIS Graduate School
- two letters of recommendation

For more information, please contact Professor Kristina Riegert, Member of the SIS steering group

Ester Pollack, Director of Studies of the postgraduate study programme

Anders Mellbourn, Head of the department

And our Union Representatives Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (SACO-S), Lisbeth Häggberg (ST), phone: +46-(0)8-16 20 00 (switchboard), and Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO) phone: +46-(0)70-316 43 41.

Application deadline: May 23, 2013