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Frequently Asked Questions

Published: 12 July 2012

What does it take to become a PhD student?

To be eligible, a master's degree is needed. When you are applying for a PhD position at STA your ability to cope with the PhD education is assessed. This is often done by reviewing previous student work, and through interviews and tests. The general study plan for each research subject describes how the education is structured, the entry requirements, and what the university takes in consideration at the assessment.

How do I apply for a PhD student position at STA?

Our research subjects regularly advertise all vacant PhD student positions. You are welcome to apply for the positions that fit your profile.

Why should I pursue my doctorate at STA?

Our institution offers a unique and stimulating learning environment at the intersection of economics, technology, social sciences and art. A number of our research areas are ranked as the best in Sweden. There is an open attitude and close relationships between the doctoral students and faculty professors.

I have an idea for a doctoral project, but there is no announced PhD student position that suits me. What do I do?

Contact the subject representative of the research topic that interests you, to discuss your idea further with her/him.

What happens after the doctoral degree?

After graduation, you are prepared for a career both in and outside the university. The dissertation is often the basis for a continued career as a researcher and teacher, but many of our doctors also leave academia for a career in public administration or in the private sector.

I have questions about doctoral studies at STA, which are not covered by the above questions. Who can I contact?

Please contact Professor Sara Thorgren, who is responsible of PhD studies at STA. You can also contact the subject representative of the subject you are interested in or Professor Åsa Wallström, Head of the Department.


Sara Thorgren

Sara Thorgren, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 492342
Organisation: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
Åsa Wallström

Åsa Wallström, Professor, Head of department

Phone: +46 (0)920 491444
Organisation: Industrial Marketing, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts