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Admission process for third-cycle studies

Administrative Procedure for Admission of Applicants for Third-Cycle Courses and Study Programmes at the Department of Education and Special Education, Department of Education, Communication and Learning, Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional studies, Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science.

Regulations concerning research studies and admission to reaserch studies can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 6 and 7, and in the University of Gothenburg’s admissions regulations for third -cycle studies.

Generall

An applicant may be admitted to third-cycle study programmes that culminate with either a licentiate degree or a doctorate. Those interested in commencing a third-cycle study programme are advised to obtain a copy of the general study plan and curriculum for the particular subject and then contact the Director of Studies at that Department for more detailed information.

Only doctoral students who can be offered academic supervision and acceptable study conditions, and who have funding for their studies, are admitted to third-cycle study programmes. The University of Gothenburg’s admissions regulations contains the rules applied by the University of Gothenburg for admission, including eligibility for admission (fulfilment of admission requirements), selection, and decisions regarding exemption from admission requirements. Slots in the educational programmes at the doctoral research level must be announced in a public notification and admissions are granted in a competitive process. The Vice-Chancellor has approved the adoption of more detailed specific rules and applications for the announcement of third-cycle study programmes in the Regulations or Third-Cycle Courses and Study Programmes at the University of Gothenburg – Doctoral Student Regulations.

Exceptions from the public notification of available slots in educational programmes may only be granted in the following instances:

  • with the admission of a doctoral student financed within the framework of employment where the University of Gothenburg is not the employer (external employment relationship) – referred to as “third stream doctoral students,”
  • with the admission of a doctoral student financed by means of scholarships in accordance with the Regulations for third-cycle study programmes at the University of Gothenburg – Doctoral Student Regulations, or
  • in connection with the doctoral student’s change of university or a change of field of study/discipline.

Admissions

In order to be admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes, according to the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, Section 35, it is required that the applicant

1. fulfils the general and specific admission requirements that the Faculty Board may have prescribed
2. is deemed in other respects to have the capabilities required in order to benefit from the course or study programme (SFS 2006: 1053).
 

General admission requirements are assessed on the basis of the prerequisites generally required in order for the applicant to be admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes. According to the Higher Education Ordinance (HEO): Chapter 7 Section 39 A person meets the general entry requirements for third- cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

1. obtained a degree from a second-cycle study programme,
2. completed course requirements comprising at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are from second-cycle courses, or
3. in some other manner has acquired, within Sweden or abroad, essentially equivalent knowledge, will fulfil the admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes.

The higher education institution may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds.

Specific admission requirements are assessed on the basis of the prerequisites for each respective subject in the general study plan for third-cycle studies. In accordance with Chapter 7, Section 40, the specific admission requirements must be essential for the student to be able to benefit from the course or study programme. The requirements may consist of
1. knowledge attained from higher education courses/study programmes or equivalent courses/study programmes,
2. specific professional or vocational experience, and
3. the requisite language skills or other conditions that are required for the course or study programme.(SFS 2006:1053)

The Head of Department, in consultation with the Director of Studies, determines which of the applicants are eligible to be admitted to the study programme. Any decision regarding exemption from the requirement for general or specific admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes is made by the Dean.

Selection

In accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, Section 41, the selection of applicants who fulfil the requirements according to Sections 35 and 36 shall be made taking their capability to benefit from the study programme into account. The selection among the applicants is based on the following assessment criteria:

  • the quality of the degree project which forms the basis of the fulfilment of the admission requirements (or equivalent document),
  • the quality of the submitted research plan/outline, and where relevant, how it relates to the Faculty of Education’s research environments.
     

1. An Admissions Committee is appointed by the Head of Department.
The Admissions Committee shall consist of at least three senior academic scholars, one of whom is external, plus doctoral student representatives. The doctoral student representatives are appointed by the Department’s Postgraduate Students’ Council. The Director of Studies for third-cycle courses and study programmes participates in all the meetings of the Admissions Committee and is responsible for ensuring that documentation occurs. The assessment of fulfilment of the admission requirements is made by the Director of Studies in consultation with the Head of Department responsible for third-cycle courses and study programmes. In case of doubt, the fulfilment of the admission requirements is to be discussed in the Admissions Committee.

The Admissions Committee elects a chairperson among themselves. Each application is reviewed by two members of the Committee. After being reviewed, the applications are categorised as follows:
Group 1: Exceptionally good preconditions for admission according to the Higher Education Ordinance (HEO)
Group 2: Good preconditions for admission according to the HEO
Group 3: Prerequisites for admission according to the HEO are lacking
Applications in Group 2 are further reviewed, in order to be sorted into either Group 1 or 3.

2. Applications in Group 1 are forwarded to two experts for assessment, at least one of which is an associate professor (docent).
The assessment of scientific work is based on the following criteria:
■ choice of a pertinent and original question.
■ choice of a pertinent methodology, and the arguments for this choice.
■ making good use of and presenting the state of knowledge situation within the chosen field.
■ independently related to existing theory and methodology available.
■ conducting and analysing empirical studies.
■ drawing theoretical conclusions from empirical results.
■ discussing possible applications of acquired insights.
■ presenting his/her work with a good structure and good linguistic form.

The assessment of the attached outline off research is based on the following criteria:
■ The scientific relevance of the outline and relevance to the society-at-large.
■ Motivated and researchable issues/hypotheses.
■ Adequate forms for implementation.
■ Relevance in relation to the particular position/slot available.
■ Whether an academic supervisor with relevant expertise and an appropriate research environment can be offered by the Department.
■ Summary assessment of the applicant’s capabilities and aptitude to be admitted and be able to successfully complete the third-cycle study programme

3. Members of the Admissions Committee individually rank the applicants, based on the experts’ opinions.

4. The Committee then agrees on a final ranking in collaboration with the Head of Department responsible for third-cycle courses and study programmes

5. The Admissions Committee may choose to conduct supplementary interviews with the highest ranked applicants.

6. After the interviews (if any), the members of the Admissions Committee consult with each other and prepare a recommendation for the Head of Department concerning decisions for admission to the third-cycle study programme.

Decisions

The Head of Department makes the decision concerning admission to the study programme and employment as a doctoral student. Only doctoral students who can be offered academic supervision and acceptable study conditions, and who have funding for their studies, are admitted to third-cycle study programmes. With the admission of third stream doctoral students, financing possibilities at external employers are investigated. Agreements are entered into between the Department and the external employer. Prior to the admitting Department entering into an agreement for financing within the framework of an external employment, a consultation with the Dean must have taken place concerning the contents of the agreement.

The decision can not be appealed.
 

For further information, visit the departments

Page Manager: Evalise Johannisson|Last update: 11/20/2018
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