The doctoral degree comprises both doctoral courses and a doctoral thesis and the thesis can be either a monograph or a compilation of articles.

The Doctoral programme consists of course work and thesis work amounting to a total of 240 ECTS credits (48 months of full time study). However, the amount of credits for course work and thesis work required for a licentiate or doctoral degree vary between our different programmes. The formal requirements for a licentiate or a doctoral degree, a list of the compulsory doctoral courses as well as other information can be found in the study plan for each subject area.

The doctoral programmes are all international and we have doctoral students enrolled from all over the world. So, the doctoral courses you take are in English and your doctoral thesis shall be written in English.

Coursework for doctoral studies include compulsory courses as well as broadening and/or deepening elective courses. Elective courses aim at providing broad and in-depth knowledge and reflect the areas of research at JIBS. JIBS offers a number of elective courses each academic year, e.g. courses within the specific profile areas.  Doctoral students may also increase their selection of elective courses by taking doctoral courses at other universities in Sweden and abroad.

The doctoral thesis can be either a monograph or a compilation of articles. In some subject areas the doctoral student can choose freely between the two, but in some areas tradition within the subject  makes the choice pre-decided.