Ref. No. SU FV-2557-16

Closing date: 15/10/2016

at the Department of Media Studies. Closing date: 15 October 2016.

The Department of Media Studies (IMS) is one of the larger departments within the Faculty of Humanities with more than 100 employees and 900 full-time students. The department has four undergraduate and graduate subject areas: Cinema Studies, Fashion Studies, Journalism and Media & Communication Studies. These are divided into three divisions: Film; Journalism and Media & Communication (JMK); and Fashion. For more information about areas of research and studies, see

As a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities you have the opportunity to participate in the Faculty's Doctoral School, which offers themes and courses characterized by interdisciplinarity and cooperation across subject borders. The Doctoral School also gives you the chance to improve the quality of your education thanks to the interchange provided by the community of PhD students from other subjects and departments.

Project description
Research in the division of Cinema Studies has been defined nationally as outstanding and internationally prominent by Stockholm University and external evaluators. Cinema Studies comprises the study of moving images and image cultures from the pre-cinematic era to the various screen cultures and digital platforms of the contemporary media landscape. Cinema Studies thus comprises a multitude of approaches, the thematic, theoretical, geographic, and historical breadth of which forms the foundation for the division’s status as a leading and prominent area of research activity.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of cinema studies stipulates that applicants must have received a passing grade on course work of at least 30 higher education credits from the second cycle in Cinema Studies, including a degree project (normally a Master’s thesis) of at least 15 credits.

In addition, the applicant is required to be proficient in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English. This includes the ability to read, speak, and write in these languages.

The entry requirements can also be met by students who have acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

The entrance requirements must be met at the closing date for the application.

The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training. The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Education. Assessment of both depth and breadth of previous education.
  2. Scientific production. The assessment should also take into consideration the aspect of time, that is, to what extent the applicant has shown the ability to meet his or her previous scientific obligations within given time constraints. In addition, the scientific progress of the applicant is considered. Based on a Bachelor’s thesis, a Master’s thesis or other academic papers, the ability of the applicant to benefit from the education is considered according to critical ability, analytical ability, creativity and independence.
  3. Research plan. The applicant should enclose a research plan, which should cover the research problem and an outline of the research project. The research plan is assessed according to relevance, originality and completion within given time constraints (that is full-time work during a four-year period of doctoral studies).
  4. Ability to collaborate. The ability of the applicant to be collaborative is determined by personal references, certificates or interviews.

Local admission regulations for doctoral studies at the department can be found at:å-forskarnivå.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at:

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, contact the Head of Department, Professor John Sundholm, telephone: +46 8 16 44 05,

Further information about the position can be obtained from Director of Doctoral Studies, Professor Maaret Koskinen, telephone: +46 8 674 76 17,

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), (SEKO), and PhD student representative,


GSP -General Study Plan Doctoral Studies Cinema Studies

General Study Plan Doctoral_Studies (213 Kb)


How to Apply

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (max. 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the dissertation project
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.


You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 15/10/2016