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How to apply

Below you find more information on how to apply to either PhD programme in Environmental Science or in Theoretical Physics with specialization in Computational Biology.

Open positions

All open doctoral student positions at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC) are announced on the webpages below:

The CEC webpage for open positions

Lund University's webpage for job vacancies –

Admission requirements

The requirements for admission to third-cycle courses and study programmes are that the applicant meets the general and specific entry requirements, and is considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the course or study programme. 

General admission requirements

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she: 

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

The head of department may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds.  

Specific admission requirements for Environmental Science

To be admitted to the third-cycle programme in Environmental Science the student must have passed an independent project (e.g. degree project) of at least 30 credits in a relevant subject and have good oral and written proficiency in English. 

Equivalent knowledge acquired through corresponding programmes will be assessed individually. 

In order to enable interdisciplinary initiatives and important specialisations in certain areas, students with qualifications in subjects other than Environmental Science may be considered for admission.

Specific admission requirements for Environmental Science

To be admitted to the third-cycle programme with a specialisation in computational biology the student must have a first-cycle qualification in biomedical subjects, chemistry, physics, mathematics or computer science and at least 60 second-cycle credits in bioinformatics, computational biology or associated subjects. The specific entry requirement may also have been obtained through other equivalent education, which is assessed in each individual case.


In selecting between applicants who meet the requirements, their ability to benefit from the course or study programme shall be taken into account. However, the fact that an applicant is considered able to transfer credits from prior courses and study programmes or for professional or vocational experience may not alone give the applicant priority over other applicants. 

The following selection criteria will be applied:

  • Study record from undergraduate and Master’s courses or the equivalent. 
  • The breadth, depth and relevance of undergraduate and Master’s courses or the equivalent. 
  • The quality of the degree project and other independent work. 
  • Other knowledge and skills of relevance to the research specialisation. 
  • Suitable candidates should be called to an interview, if possible. 

The recruitment and selection to third-cycle studies must always take diversity and gender balance into account, in compliance with the Lund University gender equality policy, equal opportunities policy and diversity plan. The underrepresented gender should always be given precedence in cases of equal qualifications, unless there are valid reasons to the contrary. 

Furthermore, it must be possible to match the student’s research interests with the supervisory resources available at the department.