Lund Observatory is the astronomy division of the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics at the Faculty of Science of the Lund University.
Lund Observatory offers a postgraduate programme in Astronomy and
Astrophysics, equivalent to four years of full-time studies (240 credits
or ECTS). The programme consists of courses (60 credits) and thesis
work (equivalent to 180 credits). The thesis work could be in any of the
research areas currently represented at the Observatory (see the research pages
for more information). After having successfully completed the
programme the student receives the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
at Lund University.
Postgraduate studies are a vital part of the Department's research
activities. The PhD students work in close collaboration with their
supervisors and colleagues in small research groups, which very often
are parts of much larger international collaborations. Travels to
conferences and visits to other institutes or observatories are natural
ingredients of the education. Many of our postgraduate students continue
their academic careers, after completing their PhDs, as postdocs at
astronomical institutes abroad.
The specific aims, eligibility requirements and organization of the PhD studies in Astronomy and Astrophysics are described in the discipline curriculum.
Briefly, to be eligible for PhD studies in Astronomy and Astrophysics
the student should either have a degree at advanced (MSc) level, or four
years (240 credits) of university studies including one year at
advanced level, or the corresponding knowledge gained within or outside
Sweden. The studies should include physics, mathematics, and/or the
corresponding technical subjects as essential ingredients, as well as a
degree project of at least 30 credits.
Admission to PhD studies furthermore requires that adequate financing
exists for the student's salary (or similar) during the whole four-year
period. Normally PhD positions are financed directly by the Department
or by an external grant to the Department, e.g., from EU's Marie Curie
programme or a Swedish funding agency. Once a student has been admitted
to PhD studies, he or she receives a monthly scholarship or salary that
is usually more than sufficient to cover the living expenses in Lund.
PhD positions are only advertised when the relevant funding is available
within the Department.
Openings for PhD studies in Astronomy and Astrophysics are advertised on the Lund Observatory
web page. Typically about two such positions are advertised each year.
There are no fixed dates at which the advertisements are posted, but it
will always be at least three weeks before the deadline for
For additional information about postgraduate studies in Astronomy and astrophysics, please contact: