Doctoral/PhD studies at GIH

The PhD/third cycle programme in Sport sciences at GIH comprises 240 ECTS credits, corresponding to four years of full time study. The main part of the programme (180 credits) focuses on conducting research and writing a doctoral thesis, which shall be defended in public towards the end of the programme. The programme also includes courses (60 credits) that aim to provide the doctoral student with broad as well as specialised knowledge of the research field and research methodology. Continuous supervision is provided for each doctoral student throughout the entire period of study. Doctoral students may also work to a limited extent with teaching and administrative tasks.

Doctoral students at GIH are in most cases appointed to doctoral studentships, which means that they hold a temporary employment at the higher education institution. Doctoral students may however also be funded by scholarships from a foreign aid and capacity building programme or programmes financed by the European Union, or by other employer than GIH, such as other higher education institutions, public authorities or companies.

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The research subject Sport sciences

The PhD/third cycle programme at GIH is conducted within the research subject of Sport sciences. Sport sciences examine all physical activity performed with the purpose of promoting health and well-being, performance and aesthetic experience. The focus is on studies of human movement. The research questions formulated within the subject often require multidisciplinary approaches. At GIH these requirements are fulfilled by sport science research within human biology, humanities and social sciences.   

Sport scientific research requires both broad and specialied competence within the research field of sports, physical activity and health. A combination of theory and practice as well as multidisciplinary approaches characterizes the knowledge production within the subject. Sport sciences has societal relevance in terms of the significance of physical activity for health and the importance of sports in society. 

Research at GIH

Notification of PhD positions

In Sweden, doctoral students are in normal cases employed by the higher education institution. For this reason, it is only possible to apply for doctoral studies when the higher education institution announces available positions. If the applicant has obtained a scholarship from a foreign aid and capacity building programme or a programme financed by the European Union, or can verify funding by other employer than the higher education institution (other higher education institutions, public authorities or companies), it is possible to apply at other occasions.

PhD positions are announced at the website for vacancies at GIH. Information about the application procedure, entry requirements and application documents are provided in the specific adveritsement. Positions are in normal cases advertised in the spring semester in order for the doctoral student to begin the doctoral programme the following autumn.

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