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Doctoral positions in Journalism, Media and Communication at the
Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG). JMG is a nationally
leading and internationally renowned center for research on journalism, media
and communication. The department's research profile covers fine areas
including Crisis communication, Journalism, Media institutions and audiences;
Organizations and communication as well as Political communication. For more
information about the department's research please see
https: // www. gu.se/en/jmg/our-research/current-research-agenda-and-groups-at-
The aim of the doctoral studentship is for the doctoral student to acquire the
knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research independently
and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline
through the production of a thesis. The doctoral student is also expected to
develop capacities to pursue continuing scholarly work or other types of
qualified professional tasks when the studies are finalized.
The positions are limited to 4 years and carried out on a full-time basis.
Exceptions from the latter can granted but the pace of study must never be
less than 50 %. The positions may include departmental duties, including
teaching, corresponding to up to 20% of full-time over the course of study. If
such tasks are performed, the duration of the appointment will be extended
To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet the entry
requirements for third-cycle studies (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7,
Sec.40). This is done if (s)he has fulfil one of the following criteria:
a degree on advanced level
240 higher education credits (240 ECTS), of which at least 60 credits
are at advanced level.
acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or
The degree or studies on advanced level should be in journalism or media and
communication studies or, if the applicant has studied other subjects, include
a thesis on advanced level with a clear connection to research on journalism,
media or communication.
The applicant must be proficient in English at a level that will enable
her/him to fully benefit from scientific literature and courses at doctoral
level and to actively participate in the doctoral seminars, and international
To begin the application process for the doctoral program, the candidate must
register an account in the university's recruitment system. The documents are
thereafter uploaded in the system. The application must include
A personal letter in which the applicant outlines his/her interest in
research and what s(he) want to accomplish throughout her studies and
afterwards. If the applicant invokes qualifications other than a degree at
the advanced level, this must be stated and justified in the personal
A CV and copies of academic transcripts verifying that the entry
requirements stated above have been met. Evidence of other relevant
A copy of the applicant's thesis on advanced level
A research outline where the applicant presents the research problem
s(he) want to deal with. The outline must include research questions, a
theoretical framework and a suggestion for the most suitable method(s)
to answer the questions. The text must not exceed 3 000 words including
If available, academic papers and other relevant works.
Two letters of recommendation or contact details to two references who can
vouch for the applicant's merits.
The texts must be submitted in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English. Any
translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.
It is incumbent on the applicant that the application is complete. Additions
after the deadline will not be considered.
According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed
based on their estimated ability to benefit from the doctoral program. The
assessment will particularly focus on the applicant's thesis and her/his
research proposal. To what extent the applicants will pursue research in any
of the department's research groups (see above) and the department's
supervisory resources as well as other scientific outputs produced by the
applicant will also be considered.
The application period for the doctoral program in Journalism, Media and
Communication commences in May 2022 and the final date for submitting an
application is 30th of August, 2022. Shortlisted applicants will be called for
interviews early in October, the final decision on admissions is made late in
October, and the new doctoral candidates typically start the program in
All applicants will be assessed by a committee headed by the Director of
graduate studies. The final decision is made by the Head of Department. The
decision cannot be appealed.
For more information about the program or the admission requirements, please
contact the Director of doctoral studies:
General information about being a doctoral student at the University of
Gothenburg can be found on the university's doctoral student pages.
https: // medarbetarportalen.gu.se/doktorand/?languageId=100001&skipSSOCheck=true
Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:
https: // www. gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande
Applications must be received by: 30th of August, 2022
Information for International Applicants
Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step. Thus, to give you a
general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and
life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit:
https: // www. gu.se/en/about-the-university/welcome-services
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The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal
conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.
In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden's regulations, the
University must archive application documents for two years after the
appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they
will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will
In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment
channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors,
recruitment and staffing companies.