The University has decided upon arrangements relating to doctoral programmes at Lund University to be applied on admission at third level of education and in the event of subsequent employment as doctoral student.

Every Faculty Board shall approve an ordinance for how the admission to education at third level shall take place.

In order to be accepted to the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Law, the applicant must fulfil both the basic requirements and the special requirements stipulated by the Faculty board. Furthermore, the applicant must possess the necessary capacity required for the completion of the programme.


In order to be accepted to the doctoral programme, the applicant must be employed as a doctoral student or deemed to have sufficient long-term financing to complete the programme.


Applicants with Swedish juristexamen/juris kandidatexamen degrees must have attained a grade average of Ba in the compulsory courses of the undergraduate programme. Applicants holding other degrees must have attained in principle an equivalent grade average in comparable portions of the degree programme.  Only where very special circumstances apply may the Faculty board approve exemption from this rule.


Admissions matters are dealt with by the Faculty’s committee on doctoral education, normally in connection with the decision regarding the employment of new doctoral students. Notification of vacant fellowships including employment as a doctoral student is normally made public.  Such notification is usually done once a year, and the committee on doctoral education determines the specific date of notification. Exceptions to the notification requirement may be made because of contractual arrangements related to external financing.


Application for admission for the degree of Doctor in Laws or Licentiate of Laws is to be made using a form.


Persons interested in applying for doctoral studies are recommended to contact the director of studies at the faculty in order to discuss and receive more information about the programme for doctoral studies and the application process.  A graduate thesis can form the basis for a doctoral thesis project.


If the number of applicants exceeds the number of vacant doctoral fellowships, a selection shall be made based on an examination of the applicants’ qualifications. In accordance with the regulations of the Higher Education Ordinance and the decision regarding admission arrangements relating to graduate level education at Lund University, the selection is based primarily on an assessment of the applicants’ ability to succeed in the programme. To demonstrate this ability, the application for admission should contain a project description, curriculum vitae and a master’s thesis or other written work as well as an indication of at least one or maximum two referees. The project description must not exceed five pages, and must be written in English, Swedish, Danish, or Norwegian. For further information, see Guidelines for the project description.


The capacity of each applicant to succeed in the doctoral programme is determined primarily on the following grounds, which are given in no particular order of importance:


Applicant’s general competence:

·         quality and content of the applicant’s previous written work, such as a master’s thesis

·         ability to participate actively in the faculty’s research environment

·         relevant educational background and grades/grade average

·         relevant work experience



Scientific quality of the project description:

·         ability to describe, question and discuss the current state of research

·         sufficient clarity and logical coherence in the formulation of the arm and the research questions

·         stringency of legal reasoning and analysis

·         adequate selection of theory and methods

·         capacity for creativity and innovation in the formulation of the research questions and approaches

·         clear expression and sufficient detail


The committee on doctoral education is also free to consider available resources and competence in the Faculty for supervision during the selection process.


Before the committee on doctoral education makes its decision on admission, the case is normally prepared by an admissions committee appointed by the committee on doctoral education. The admissions committee consists of the director of studies or assistant director of studies, the chairperson or vice-chairperson of the committee on doctoral education, en researcher who is a member or deputy member of the committee on doctoral education, and a doctoral representative or a deputy for the doctoral students in the committee on doctoral education. Members of the admissions committee must be selected prior to announcement of open doctoral student positions.


Based on a proposal from the admissions committee, the committee on doctoral education invites a small number of the applicants to interviews. In this activity, the committee on doctoral education can choose to disregard the admissions committee’s proposal, either in part or as a whole. Contact between invited applicants and suitable supervisors should be established at this point, if contact has not been made earlier.


Someone in an administrative function will gather references regarding the applicants before the interviews. Invited applicants are to be interviewed in a personal meeting or by streaming media. The interview should be based on the application and is intended to provide the committee on doctoral education with deeper understanding of the applicant and his or her ability to succeed in the programme. After the interviews, the committee on doctoral education ranks the applicants and presents a proposal for admission of applicants to the doctoral programme. Applicants are normally informed of this proposal at least two weeks before the decision on admission is made and should contain information on the possibility of lodging an objection to the admission proposal to the committee on doctoral education within a designated period of time. The committee on doctoral education’s decision is made in accordance with the proposal if the applicant’s objection does not lead to another conclusion.