Higher education institutions (HEIs) that do not have degree-awarding powers at doctoral level may still provide resources for doctoral students who have been admitted to third-cycle studies at another HEI. However, this arrangement may mean a lack of clarity for the doctoral student and is increasingly uncommon.

This arrangement is found at HEIs that have a broad range of courses, but which do not have the right to admit students or award degrees at third-cycle level. To be able to offer students this opportunity locally, the HEI cooperates with another one that has degree-awarding powers at third-cycle level in the relevant subject.

The HEI with degree-awarding powers manages admissions and has the primary responsibility for the doctoral student as regards financing, supervision, study planning and examination. The HEI at which the doctoral student is active may provide additional supervisory resources and financing. Local rules mean that this arrangement can vary.

How responsibility is allocated between the HEIs is often unclear, which means that doctoral students may “fall through the gaps" and that legal certainty may suffer. This means that it is important there are clear agreements between the HEIs. This arrangement also requires that the individual study plan is validated and followed up by the HEI of admission.

In 2013, there were 480 doctoral students who were primarily active at a different HEI to the one where they were admitted, but this number is steadily decreasing. One reason for this is that, from 2010, HEIs can apply to the Swedish Higher Education Authority as regards the areas in which they would like to conduct third-cycle education, and thus have the right to take complete responsibility for third-cycle studies.

Page last updated 2015-07-02