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Doctoral studies

Opening doors to a creative research environment

The PhD programme includes four years of full-time studies (240 credits). Studies can also be carried out part-time (no less than half time) and cover a maximum of 8 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 PhD 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 a PhD 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 on the doctoral level. Its main target groups are doctoral students in Sociology of Law, other Social Science programs and in Law.

The course aims 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 research.

The course consists of ten two-hour sessions, running from September to December 2021, delivered on-campus by Professor Ole Hammerslev, with online participation enabled.

The examination of the course consists of three written assignments, each 2500 words long, related to the student's 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 August 2021. 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