Doctoral programmes at the School of Education and Communication

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”.

Subjects/Programmes

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 - EducationPDF

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 CommunicationsPDF

Disability research is an interdisciplinary subject drawing on knowledge from behavioural sciences, social sciences, cultural studies, medicine, engineering, and technology.

Disability research concentrates on individuals with disabilities. It examines how their immediate surroundings facilitate or hinder an active lifestyle. The research is also concerned with the social conditions of people with disabilities. These aspects are related to the individuals’ everyday functioning at different stages of life.


General syllabus - Disability ResearchPDF

Degrees

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.

Please send your application to the research coordinator at the School of Education and Communication. The coordinator will ensure that your application is recorded and reviewed by the Research Board prior to the dean’s decision.

Your application must include:

  • subject/doctoral programme
  • evidence that funding is in place for the entire period of study. A form is available from the director of third-cycle education
  • CV
  • certified copies of academic qualifications
  • email address
  • research proposal, approximately five pages long, including research problem(s), theoretical and methodological points of departure, and a timetable for the research. Before submitting your application, you have the opportunity to improve your research proposal by requesting feedback on your proposal from a subject representative at the School of Education and Communication. The director of third-cycle education will provide contact details.
  • papers and any other scholarly works that you wish to submit for consideration

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