In Sweden there are 44 higher education institutions that are entitled to award Swedish qualifications. Of these, 31 are public sector institutions.

29 higher education institutions are entitled to award first, second and third-cycle qualifications, while the remainder are only entitled to award first and second-cycle qualifications.

There are also four independent institutions that are entitled to award qualifications in psychotherapy. An independent institution does not have the state as its accountable authority.

Lund has most doctoral students

Lund University had the largest number of doctoral students in 2014, and has had the largest number for the last 20 years. In 2014, two-thirds of all third-cycle students were studying at one of these six universities:

  • Lund University
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Uppsala University
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Stockholm University

HEIs with full degree-awarding powers

These higher education institutions are entitled to award PhDs generally in any disciplinary field, with the exception of third-cycle degrees in fine arts. In order to become eligible to offer degrees in this field, individual HEIs must apply for authorisation from the Swedish Higher Education Authority (see below).

Chalmers University of Technology

Karlstad University

Karolinska Institutet

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Linköping University

Linnaeus University

Luleå University of Technology

Lund University

Mid Sweden University

Stockholm School of Economics

Stockholm University

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Umeå University

University of Gothenburg

Uppsala University

Örebro University

HEIs entitled to award PhDs in specific fields

The following higher education institutions are entitled to award PhDs in the disciplinary fields specified for each HEI.

Blekinge Institute of Technology

  • IT and its applications
  • Planning and management

Blekinge Institute of Technology

Ersta Sköndal University College

  • Living in a welfare society

Ersta Sköndal University College

Halmstad University

  • Information technology
  • Innovation science
  • Health and lifestyle

Halmstad University

Jönköping University

  • Humanistic/social-science areas (not including political science)
  • Industrial product development

Jönköping University

Lund University

  • Fine, applied and performing arts

Lund University

Malmö University

  • Odontology
  • Biomedical science
  • Health, care and welfare
  • New media, public lives and forms of representation
  • Sports science
  • Educational science
  • Migration, urbanisation and societal change

Malmö University

Mälardalen University

  • Integrated systems
  • Innovation and product realisation
  • Environment, energy and resource optimisation
  • Industrial economics, working life and control
  • Didactics
  • Health and welfare

Mälardalen University

The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences

  • Sports, physical activity and health

The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences

Södertörn University

  • Historical studies
  • Critical cultural theory
  • Environmental science
  • Politics, economics and societal organisation

Södertörn University

University of Borås

  • Library and information science
  • Resource recycling
  • Textiles and fashion

University of Borås

University of Gävle

  • Built environments
  • Health-inducive work environment

University of Gävle

University of Gothenburg

  • Fine, applied and performing arts

University of Gothenburg

University of Skövde

  • Information technology

University of Skövde

University West

  • Informatics with specialisation work integrated learning and education with specialisation work integrated learning
  • Production technology

University West

Page last updated 2017-09-01