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As a PhD student at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, you will be a part of one of our research groups and will work in close collaboration with a supervisor working on a specific research project. The PhD studies take four years or 240 higher education credits, and besides the actual research work you will be taking courses corresponding to 60-90 higher education credits.

The department normally has about 20 active PhD students at any given time, and every year one or two new students are accepted per research group.

Applying for PhD studies

The different research groups at the department announce their positions when there is sufficient financing. You then have to apply to these positions directly, normally via the university's electronic system. We do not accept emailed applications. Announcements are advertised in the usual lists for each research area and also at the Faculty of Science vacant positions page.

The requirements for being accepted as a PhD student with your own funding are (by law) quite high.

If you are interested in PhD studies at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, please contact one of our research groups:




Director of Graduate studies:
Thomas Bensby
thomas [dot] bensby [at] astro [dot] lu [dot] se

Deputy Director of Graduate studies:
Rikkert Frederix 
rikkert [dot] frederix [at] thep [dot] lu [dot] se