Postgraduate Studies at the Department of Physics and Astronomy

A good way to get into postgraduate education is to carry out your thesis work in the division and in the subject area that you are interested in doctorate in. After graduating, according to the eligibility below, you may apply for PhD studies, that may lead to a philosophy or technology licentiate degree and a philosophy or technology doctorate.

A licentiate degree takes two years full time and a doctoral degree takes four years full time. As a doctoral student you get a supervisor and carry out your own research project, by yourself or in a group. In addition you take courses and usually the postgraduate education is combined with teaching or some other assignment on 20%, which means that in practice can take more than four  years to finish a doctoral degree. Doctoral students’ salaries follow “doktorandstegen”.

Available positions within PhD studies are announced by the department or the research programme responsible for the subject or the orientation. The announcement of available PhD positions is ongoing through the year and may also be found on the university’s central pages.

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Entry requirements

Study plans within postgraduate education within the Faculty of Science and Technology

Forms and templates for postgraduate studies

Postgraduate Subjects

Current Postgraduate Subjects

  • Astronomy and astrophysics, TNASTR02, contact: Oleg Kochukhov
  • Physics (High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Materials Physics, Materials Theory, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics, Applied Nuclear Physics), TNFYSI00, contact: Mattias Klintenberg
  • Physics Education Research, TNFYSI05, contact: Urban Eriksson
  • Space and Plasma Physics, TNFYSI08, contact: Yuri Khotyaintsev
  • Theoretical Physics, TNTEFY00, contact: Ulf Danielsson

Postgraduate subjects with no new admissions

  • Astronomy, TNASTR00, contact: Oleg Kochukhov
  • Astronomy with specialization in Astrophysics, TNASTR01, contact: Oleg Kochukhov
  • Physics with specialization in Astrophysics, TNFYSI01, contact: Oleg Kochukhov
  • Physics with specialization in Applied Nuclear Physics, TNFYSI09, contact: Stephan Pomp

Subject curriculums may be found on the Faculty of Science and Technology’s website:

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Theoretical Physics

PhD Courses

Compulsory / Mandatory Course

Faculty PhD Courses

Postgraduate courses on the Faculty of Science and Technology's website

Subject Specific PhD Courses in Physics and Astronomy

  • Astronomy 5hp
  • Astroparticle Physics, 5 hp
  • Space physics 5hp*
  • High energy physics 5hp
  • Materials Physics 5hp
  • Materials theory 5hp
  • Molecular and condensed matter physics 5hp
  • Nuclear physics 5hp
  • Topics in applied nuclear physics 5hp
  • Topics in the theory and practice of physics teaching and learning 5hp
  • Topics in instrumentation and accelerator physics
  • Theoretical physics 5hp

* Given by Swedish Institute of Space Physics

Subject Specific Courses also given as master courses


The head of the department of the subject/specialisation accepts doctoral students. Doctoral students with other funding than employment as doctoral student at Uppsala University, i.e. industry-based doctoral students, students with their own funds (such as scholarships), students employed at another higher education institution, part-time students, and licentiate students, are accepted by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of the Postgraduate Education Board.

Admission is decided after consultation with the supervisors at the department. The admission decision shall specify research professor and supervisors (at least two). One of these must be appointed as main supervisor. An individual study plan should be drawn up in connection with an admission.

Study Plan

The study plan consists of three parts: one general study plan, one Subject curriculum and one individual study plan. The individual study plan the student establishes together with his/her supervisor and the other two are found on the Faculty of Science and Technology’s website. There you may also find general information on postgraduate studies at the faculty.

PhD Ombudsman

The PhD student ombudsmen are two PhD students employed by the Department of Physics and Astronomy to help the PhD students with any issues regarding financing, terms of employment, harassment, discrimination and problems with the supervisor or colleagues. The ombudsmen will never disclose any information or details unless given explicit permission by the PhD student in question. The ombudsmen are also responsible for organizing and chairing the PhD student council.

More about the PhD ombudsman

Disputations and Licentiate Defenses

Last modified: 2024-02-14