International Doctoral Studentships in Sinology at University of Gothenburg

  • Phd
  • Salaried.
  • 8 February 2022

The subject area Sinology covers Chinese language and culture in a broad sense. At the University of Gothenburg, the main research areas in Sinology are history, religious studies, linguistics, film and media studies, intellectual history and literary studies (including comparative perspectives), and we study classical texts as well as modern phenomena.

The advertised doctoral studentship(s) will be part of a broad and dynamic research environment, where research is conducted in languages and literatures based on a broad cultural contextualisation and a broad spectrum of theoretical foundations and applications. The Department has four overarching research areas: Literary Studies, Language in Society, Languages and Learning, and Linguistic Structures, as well as the seminar series FokusRom, and the Bernhard Karlgren Seminar Series in the field of Sinology (


A doctoral student is to spend their time on their doctoral studies in accordance with the general syllabus for the subject area in which they are admitted. The ultimate goal of the study programme is a Degree of Doctor. The doctoral student carries out research and is expected to contribute to the development of knowledge within the subject area. This includes developing their own ideas and communicating research results both orally and in writing. The doctoral student is required to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be able to conduct independent research in the subject area through the production of a scholarly thesis. The doctoral studentship also aims to develop the doctoral student’s ability to utilise their acquired research skills and knowledge in future research projects or other qualified professional work.

As a doctoral student, you are expected to be physically present at the workplace and interact actively with others in the doctoral education environment. This includes active participation in subject area and other research seminars at the Department. In addition to your third-cycle study programme, a maximum of 20 per cent department duties (e.g. teaching) is included in the position, which will extend the doctoral studentship proportionately. The working language of the Department is Swedish and, if required, the University can offer introductory courses in the Swedish language.

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To be eligible for admission to doctoral studies, the applicant must meet the general entry requirements according to Sweden’s Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 7 Section 39) and the specific entry requirements. A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  1. Has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
  2. Has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded at second-cycle level, or
  3. Has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

For specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in Sinology, see the general syllabus:

How you satisfy both the general and specific entry requirements must be clearly stated in your application.

The applicant must also have good knowledge of English and the languages relevant conducting the selected research project.

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Your application should include:

  • A personal letter written in Swedish or English. The letter should state why you wish to pursue doctoral studies in the subject area, how your project can contribute to the Department’s research profile, and what expectations you have of the Department’s research environment. The maximum length of this text is 3000 characters (including spaces).

  • CV containing contact details, your education, work experience and other relevant qualifications.

  • Degree certificate and Official Transcript of Records from Ladok, or equivalent, of completed courses. The certificates must show that you fulfil the general entry requirements as well as the specific entry requirements or equivalent in accordance with the general syllabus for the third-cycle subject area you are applying for ( Foreign degree certificates must be submitted in both their original version and an authorized/certified translation into English.

  • A project plan where you describe your project by formulating the project’s purpose and justifying this purpose, formulating the problem, describing the material to be used and your project’s relationship to previous research, and by discussing which theories and methods might be used. The project plan must include a schedule. The text may be written in Swedish or English. The maximum length of this description is 20,000 characters including spaces, notes, and references.

  • Publications (Master’s thesis and any other publications, no more than 5). Any publications beyond those submitted may be listed separately.

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