How to become a PhD student

To become a PhD student at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, you need to:

  1. Be qualified.
  2. Have funding.

Qualification Requirements

To be qualified for PhD studies you must have:

  • A basic qualification.
  • Special eligibility to the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy.

A basic qualification means a degree at an advanced level, approved courses of at least 240 credits awarded – of which at least 60 credits at an advanced level – or equivalent knowledge acquired in another way, either in Sweden or abroad.

Special eligibility for PhD studies at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy means English 6 or the equivalent, and an education in an area relevant to the subject.


You can finance your PhD studies by applying for a position as a PhD student at Uppsala University. You may find many of them on the University's job vacancy website.

Find jobs and vacancies

If you are interested in a particular subject in medicine or pharmacy, you can also contact a researcher or Director of Studies at a department. Some researchers might have funds - or will be seeking funds - to hire a PhD student, especially if they know someone is interested.

You may also carry out your PhD studies as an employee of a county council (landsting) with guaranteed time to carry out your PhD studies, as an employee of an industry company, or through scholarships.

Application for Admission

You apply for admission to PhD studies via an e-form. The form also forms the basis of your individual study plan.

Your application is then reviewed by your supervisor and the Head of the department where you have been employed. They then send it to Kommittén för utbildning på forskarnivå (The Committee for PhD Studies), which makes a decision.

The electronic form is in English and contains information panels with explanations on how to complete the form. If you do not have time to complete everything at once, you can save the information and continue at a later time.

To access the form, you will need a user ID in AKKA (the University's directory system) and a working e-mail address in AKKA. Normally, the Directory Manager at the department can help you with this.

Apply for admission

Additional information

In addition to the information that should be included in your individual study plan, your application should also include:

  • The PhD position advert.
  • A justification if the position was not advertised.
  • A certificate of eligibility.
  • A research plan.
  • A certificate from an employer or business manager, if the studies are being done in the context of an employment other than the university.


All applications for PhD studies are dealt with in Kommittén för utbildning på forskarnivå (The Committee for PhD Studies), where decisions are made on admissions.

If the committee approves your application, they will notify you via email.

If you need to supplement your application, the committee will postpone it and inform you via email. Once you have supplemented the application, the Chairman of the committee will make a decision on your admission.

Last modified: 2021-09-17