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Doctoral studies

Opening doors to a creative research environment

The programme for a doctoral (PhD) degree consists of four years of full-time studies (240 credits). The studies can also be carried out part-time (no less than half-time) and cover a maximum of eight years. As a doctoral candidate, you have the right, but not the obligation, to take a licentiate degree (120 credits) as a stage in the doctoral programme.

Admission Requirements for the doctoral programme:

  • Have a degree at an advanced level
  • Have completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, including at least 60 credits at an advanced level, or
  • In any other way in or out of the country acquired the equivalent knowledge.

Doing doctoral studies at the Sociology of Law Department

Comprehensive information about research studies in sociology of law is available in the Sociology of Law Department's PhD Handbook.

Our PhD courses

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Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology of law

The Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology of Law is a 15 credits course at the doctoral level. Its main target groups are doctoral students in sociology of law, other social science programs, and law.

The aim of the course is to introduce doctoral students to various theoretical, classical, and modern perspectives and approaches within the Sociology of Law, Legal Anthropology and Socio-Legal Studies, such as legal pluralism, legal consciousness, the force of law, and from perspectives of e.g. gender, ethnicity, and late modernity.

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, exercises, and seminars. The students are expected to participate actively in the seminars and prepare presentations for the class. The students are encouraged to utilize the course for the development of their own research.

The course consists of ten sessions of two hours each, running from January to April 2023. The course will be delivered by Professor Ole Hammerslev on-campus, while online participation will be enabled.

The examination of the course consists of three written assignments, each 2500 words long, all of them related to the students’ ongoing doctoral research.

Applicants for the course must be admitted to a doctoral program. The course is free of charge for Lund University students while external students must pay a fee of 8,500 SEK. The deadline for registration is 1 December 2022. Please register by sending an email to ida [dot] nafstad [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se.


Contact information

Ida Nafstad
Director of Research Studies

Telephone: +46 46 222 88 38
E-mail: ida [dot] nafstad [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se