The doctoral students at the School of Education and Communication pursue degrees in one of three subjects under the overall research theme of “The conditions of learning and communication”.


Education is a multi- and interdisciplinary subject that falls under the umbrella of social sciences and humanities, focusing on communication, learning, teaching, socialisation, and change processes.


Educational research centres around children, youth, and adults in individual, collective, institutional, and non-institutional contexts. It is mainly concerned with conditions, processes, outcomes, and consequences for individuals, groups, and society, including working life.

General syllabus - Education Pdf, 403.5 kB.

Media and Communications is a broad subject rooted in social sciences and humanities. It seeks to explain and understand the digital, cultural, political, social, ecological, and economic characteristics, conditions, advocacy processes, and sustainability of mediated communication. Particular attention is given to the significance of communication to people, organisations, and societies, nationally and globally.

Media and communication research employs a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches. Thus, studies in media and communication are inspired by and contribute to neighbouring subjects, such as sociology, political science, economic history, film, literature, and education.

General syllabus - Media and Communications Pdf, 417 kB.

National research schools

The School of Education and Comunication is involved in a number of different national research schools with different themes, for example the digitalization of the school system, adult learning and and popular adult education. Read more about the research schools here.


Our doctoral programmes lead to a licentiate or doctoral degree.

Who can be admitted to our doctoral programmes?

To be admitted to our doctoral programmes, you must meet the general entry requirements and any subject-specific entry requirements.

General entry requirements:

The applicant must have

  • completed a master’s-level qualification,
  • achieved a minimum of 240 credits, at least 60 of which must be master’s credits, or
  • otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad.

For information on subject-specific entry requirements, see the relevant general syllabus.

The School of Education and Communication will only admit an applicant if it considers that:

  1. funding can be guaranteed for the entire period of study.
  2. the applicant can devote the time needed to complete the programme within four years in the case of a licentiate degree and eight years in the case of a doctoral degree (at least half-time study).

How to apply

The application procedure differs depending on whether or not you are applying for an advertised doctoral studentship. The admission of doctoral students is regulated by “Admission and employment regulations for doctoral students at Jönköping University”.

Doctoral studentships are advertised on Jönköping University's vacancies page. You must submit all documents listed in the vacancy description for your application to be considered.

We welcome applicants who have secured external funding. When we have received your application, the dean will decide whether to continue the recruitment process based on strategic considerations, the intended funding, and the availability of suitable supervisors.