Doctoral students in Studies in the Humanities

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 15 Mar 2023

Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-00336/2023

Örebro University is looking for five doctoral students to join the graduate school Multimodality and Intermediality: Humanist Research in a Digital World (MIDWorld) and its doctoral programme. The five students will be admitted to one of the subject specialisations comparative literature, English, history, rhetoric or Swedish language, all part of the Studies in the Humanities subject at the School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. The programme, which concludes with a doctoral degree, will start on 1 September 2023.

Project description

The graduate school on multimodality and intermediality is a collaboration between Örebro University and Linnaeus University, and between us we will admit nine doctoral students. The main objective of the graduate school is to equip the next generation of researchers within the humanities with multimodal and intermedial tools for analysing and understanding the playing field for communication, media use, creating, learning, working and sharing knowledge in a digitalised world. For more information about the graduate school, please see Multimodality and Intermediality: Humanist Research in a Digital World (MIDWorld) .

The graduate school has a clear interdisciplinary setup, but doctoral students are admitted within defined subject specialisations. At Örebro University, we are seeking doctoral students specialising in comparative literature, English, history, rhetoric or Swedish language. Applicants are asked to specify the specialisation applied for. For more information about Studies in the Humanities as a subject and its subject specialisations, please see the general syllabus for Studies in the Humanities .

Serving as the research base for the five admitted doctoral students at Örebro University, in addition to the graduate school, is the Centre for Research in the Humanities and in particular the Multimodal Communication research team. Applicants’ planned projects (compare project description under the heading “Application to the programme and for the doctoral studentship” below) are to relate primarily to the Multimodal Communication research team and the work undertaken there. For applicants with education-oriented and didactic multimodal research interests, their project proposals may, in addition, be linked to the research team Teaching and Learning in the Humanities .

Supervision: Doctoral student supervisors will be nominated from within the subject based on the focus and content of the thesis projects.

The programme and the doctoral studentship

The doctoral programme consists of courses and an independent research project that you will present in a doctoral thesis. The programme concludes with a doctoral degree and comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study.

Our ambition is for your doctoral studies to be stimulating and purposeful throughout the programme until you have obtained your doctoral degree. A thorough introduction will therefore get you off to a good start and provide a solid foundation on which you can build your studies. As a doctoral student at Örebro University, you will be offered a specially tailored seminar series, covering matters ranging from rules and regulations applicable to the doctoral programme to careers, student welfare support and networking.

A doctoral studentship is a tailored form of employment for students enrolled on a doctoral programme, and it corresponds to four years. More information on doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook . The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is SEK 28,700 per month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to doctoral studies, applicants are required to meet both general entry requirements and specific entry requirements. In addition, applicants must be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to annex 2 to the general syllabus for Studies in the Humanities.

A person meets the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in the subject if they have received a passing grade on courses of at least 90 credits, including an independent project of at least 15 credits in the specialisation selected (comparative literature, English, history, rhetoric or Swedish language). A person also meets the specific entry requirements if they have a teaching qualification with a passing grade on courses of at least 90 credits in either of the school subjects English, history or Swedish, including an independent project of at least 15 credits specialising in comparative literature, English, history, rhetoric or Swedish language. A person who has acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meets the specific entry requirements.


For more information about the programme and the doctoral studentship, contact Anders Björkvall, Professor of Swedish and Director of the graduate school, or Patrik Winton, Docent in History and Head of Subject for Studies in the Humanities, .

At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change, take responsibility for their work and performance, demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development, as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

Application to the programme and for the doctoral studentship

The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • The form Application for/decision on admission to research studies
  • CV
  • Certificate on completed higher education courses and study programmes, and if applicable a degree certificate
  • Degree project/independent project
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Project description which thematises multimodality and digitalisation – detailing the topic and aim, research questions and outline, scientific relevance, theory and method, as well as material (max. 5 pages, excluding references).

As a main rule, application documents and attachments are to be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English. Qualification documents in other languages must be translated by an authorised translator to Swedish or English. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from Kammarkollegiet (the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency).

When you apply for admission, you automatically also apply for a doctoral studentship.
More information for applicants can be found on our career site .

The application deadline is 15 March 2023. We look forward to receiving your application!

As we have already made our choices in terms of external collaboration partners and marketing efforts for this recruitment process, we decline any contact with recruitment agencies and advertisers.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.

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