Two PhD Positions in Library and Information Science at Uppsala University

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 19:33

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At the Department of Archival Science, Library and Information Science, Museology and Cultural Heritage Studies (ALM) with a start date of 1 September 2015 at the earliest.

The PhD programme comprises four years of study in a funded doctoral studentship. Doctoral students are expected to pursue their studies full-time and to take an active part in the Department’s activities. Departmental duties (typically teaching and administration) at a level of at most 20 per cent may be included in the post.

The PhD programme in Library and Information Science is regulated by the general study plan, which may be obtained online at: > Forskning > Utbildning på forskarnivå.

Qualifications required: To be admitted to the PhD programme in Library and Information Science, applicants must fulfil basic and specific entry requirements. The basic requirement is a Master’s degree, and the completion of required coursework totalling at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits must be at Master’s level, or broadly equivalent knowledge or qualifications acquired in Sweden or abroad. Qualified applicants for a PhD studentship in Library and Information Science at Uppsala University will have a Master’s degree in library and information science, archival science, museology and cultural heritage studies or other relevant main discipline, or will have acquired broadly equivalent knowledge or qualifications in some other educational system in Sweden or abroad. An applicant who prior to 1 July 2007 fulfilled the specific entry requirement for admission to the PhD programme, i.e. by holding a Magister degree in library and information science or possessing equivalent knowledge or qualifications acquired in some other educational system in Sweden or abroad, will also be considered qualified for admission to the PhD programme. For the current regulations, see Högskoleförordningen (University Regulations), Chapters 5 and 6 and Uppsala University’s guidelines for PhD programmes: 

Application: Applications should be made on the online form on the Faculty’s website, under Forskning/Forskarutbildning. The application should be accompanied by:

  • A brief CV
  • A certified copy of the relevant degree certificate, diploma supplement or equivalent
  • A research plan (see specification below)
  • Copies of the Master’s/Magister thesis, and any other publications that the applicant wishes to have considered. 

Research plan: The research plan should be max. six pages and should contain a tentative title for the dissertation, present the subject area and focus of the research, the research material, the theoretical frameworks and methods to be applied, an overview of earlier research on the subject (including any current or ongoing research) and a preliminary timetable for the four years the PhD programme comprises.

Admission: Successful applicants will be selected on the basis of their capacity to benefit from the PhD programme. Particular weight will also be given to the dissertation proposal. 

Information: Requests for information will be answered by the Head of the Department for ALM, Ulrika Kjellman,, tel.: 018-471 3386; the Director of PhD studies Kerstin Rydbeck,, tel.: 018-471 7978; and the Faculty’s Director of Education Malin Sigvardson,, tel.: 018-471 18.  

We welcome your application by no later than 10 May 2015, UFV-PA 2015/934. Send it to Registrator, Uppsala universitet, Box 256, 751 06 Uppsala. NB: You will find an application form at

An extension until 10 June is available for those students who complete their Master’s programme during the spring semester and who need to supplement their application with the Master’s thesis. The Master’s thesis should be sent to

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