This section contains information concerning doctoral
studies in law at Stockholm University. The summary
builds on the syllabus for doctoral studies, adopted by the
The Research Committee
of the Faculty of Law will handle the applications and
decide on admission. Information about approvals will be
announced by the end of June. The term of the PhD programme
starts 1st of September.
Practical advice is given below on how to prepare the
application to research studies. This advice is no guarantee
to be approved, but it secures a correct assessment of the
Finding a supervisor within the subject field
Before applying for admission to doctoral studies, the
applicant should find a supervisor (professor or associate
professor) at the Faculty within the subject field (see menu
to the left). to find out whether he or she considers the
applicant a suitable candidate for doctoral studies, and
would be prepared to act as supervisor. The supervisor
prospective will make a pronouncement regarding the candidate’s
ability to complete the studies.
Candidates with foreign diploma should ensure that they meet
the requirement on special eligibility.
In order to satisfy the special qualification requirements
the student may have to pass exams in subjects selected by
the prospective supervisor and the Research Committee.
In connection to the admission to doctoral studies the
Research Committee appoints a supervisor and a deputy supervisor.
The supervisor shuold be somebody on the staff of the Faculty unless
the Research Committee decides otherwise for special reasons.
If, for some reason, the supervisor cannot perform the supervisory duties, the Research Committee shall, if
possible, appoint a successor. If it is impossible to find a
successor within the Faculty, an external supervisor can be
When considering applications, the Research Committee attaches substantial weight to the project
description that the candidates submit with their
application. Candidates should therefore pay particular
attention to the careful formulation of their research
questions in their project description.
THE PRIMARY ADMISSION to the Research Programme occurs once
a year – the FINAL APPLICATION DATE IS MAY 15. If that is a
saturday or a public holiday, the closest following business day is
A COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION OPPORTUNITY is provided,
exclusively for those who applied to the Research Programme
in the Spring (May 15th), but were only later able to obtain
financial support. This complimentary application shall be
submitted by NOVEMBER 15. The project description must be
identical with that which was submitted in May.
For a correct consideration is it important that your
application is complete, and that the documentation contains
correct and relevant information.
A list of the documents to be enclosed is found below. There
is no model for the project description to be submitted,
since the project description will indicate the applicants’ ability to formulate legal presentations of problems.
N.B. Your application should be complete when the
application is handed in.
Your application must be complete and contain the following:
• Copy of your LL.M. degree
• Curriculum Vitae
• Description of the project
• Statement of the Professor/Associate Professor who is
prepared to act as your Supervisor
• One or more written works, e.g. a term paper.
You may send the application via e-mail to:
specify reference number in the subject field.