Our research

Books in the librarySödertörn University has professional, creative research environments that range over many disciplines and fields.

Our research has a contemporary focus united with an active and critical approach to the past. Many of the research groups and research projects strive to achieve a high level of contemporary and social relevance. The university's research generally has an international focus, even in subjects that traditionally examine their own national cultures and history. A key word is multidisciplinarity.

Doctoral (third-cycle) studies

Södertörn University has about one hundred doctoral students in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Most of them are working in one of the four research areas that have degree-awarding powers at doctoral level. These areas are:

Södertörn University is also home to the international and inter-disciplinary Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS). BEEGS gathers doctoral students who have research projects that focus on the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. Research partnerships with other Swedish universities are also important  and Södertörn University is a member of several national graduate schools. 

Doctoral studies comprise four years of full-time study (240 credits), leading to a degree of Doctor of Pilosophy. Students may opt to finish studying half-way through, resulting in a Licentiate Degree. 

Doctoral studies result in a doctoral thesis that is examined at a public defence. More information about doctoral (third-cycle studies) and our nine research subjects is available under the Research areas link in the menu to the right.

Regulations for third-cycle studies at Södertörn University (pdf)