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Doctoral student in musicology
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Örebro University
Doctoral student in musicology
Örebro University
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Published: 16 days ago
Application deadline: May 02
Location: Örebro, Sweden
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Doctoral student in musicology

Örebro University seeking doctoral students for the doctoral programme in musicology at the School of Music, Theatre and Art commencing on 1 September 2018.

The role of musicology is to describe and explain music and musical knowledge formation and to explore the different types of music use, artistic creation and music training – current and historical – prevalent in different societies. There is a strong link between musicology research and research conducted within the humanities and social sciences in terms of human perceptions of the world. Musicology at Örebro University discusses issues such as music as a cultural and social phenomenon; music’s role within and outside educational institutions; as well as the role music play in people’s lives. Central problem areas within our musicology research include identity construction, attitudes and values in the practice and consumption of music, and the way in which medial, cultural and transcultural conditions interact with music habits, musical encounters and musical experiences. A common basis for this research is musicology theory, with a particular focus on cultural theoretical and philosophical perspectives.

The positions announced are linked to either of our profiles ACCLAIM (Aesthetics, Culture and Media) and MOVE (Musical Expression and Experience). We welcome doctoral projects discussing the interaction between music, man and society based on questions such as cultural diversity, mediatisation or aesthetics and affect theory.

The musicology research environment is currently home to five senior researchers, one postdoctoral researcher and seven doctoral students. The research environment and its profiles have access to extensive and active international networks. Links to and collaboration with other schools at Örebro University is also a natural part of the research activities at the School of Music, Theatre and Art.

As a doctoral student, you are expected to communicate research findings both in speech and in writing, in Swedish and English.


Information on admission regulations, the general syllabus for musicology, a regulations handbook for doctoral studies and other information can be found on Örebro University’s webpage for information on doctoral education at www.oru.se. Information on what documents to attach to your application can be found by clicking “How to apply for admission to doctoral studies” below.

Further information about the programme and the doctoral studentship can be provided by Professor Ulrik Volgsten.

The programme

The programme concludes with the Degree of Doctor. The programme comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. Extensions to the study period are granted for instance to compensate for any sick leave or parental leave.

Information on programme content and organisation can be found in the general syllabus for the subject.

Doctoral studentships

The place on the programme is linked to a full-time doctoral studentship for the duration of the study programme. Duties such as teaching, administration and research other than the student’s own thesis project may be included, however with no more than 20 per cent of a full-time post. To compensate for any time spent on such duties, extensions to the programme length and funding period will be granted. More information on doctoral studentships, part-time studies and part-time doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook. The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is 26 300 SEK per month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to doctoral studies, applicants are required to meet general and specific entry requirements. In addition, they shall 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 the subject.

General entry requirements

Applicants meet the general entry requirements for doctoral studies if they:

  1. have been awarded a qualification at the Master’s level, or
  2. have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits (four years) of which at least 60 credits (one year) were awarded at the Master’s level, or
  3. have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible. The University may permit exemptions from the entry requirements for individual applicants, if there are special grounds.

Specific entry requirements

A person meets the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in musicology if he or she has obtained a one-year Master’s degree (60 credits) in musicology or music education. Applicants who have acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, also meet the specific entry requirements. Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible.

Ability to benefit from the course or study programme

The assessment whether an applicant has the ability to benefit from the programme shall be made based on prior courses and programmes taken by the applicant, on other previous activities, as well as on the essays and other independent projects of a scholarly nature that have been submitted by the applicant.


In selecting between applicants, their ability to benefit from the doctoral studies shall be taken into account (see the University’s selection criteria, annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject). If applicants are found to have equal qualifications, preference will be given to applicants of the underrepresented sex. The term underrepresented sex here refers to if and when the share of either female or male students enrolled on the doctoral study programme in the subject amounts to less than 40 per cent.

Application to the programme and for a 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 programmes, if applicable a degree certificate
  • Degree project (independent project)
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references
  • Outline of research interests

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed. The basic principle is that the application, including annexes, shall be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English. Documents in other languages shall be translated to Swedish or English by an authorised translator. A list of translators can be obtained from the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (www.kammarkollegiet.se).

When you apply for admission, you automatically also apply for a doctoral studentship.

The application deadline is 2 May 2018. We look forward to receiving your application!

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