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PhD programme

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.


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 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 in our calendar, on the Faculty of Science page for vacant positions and on the Lund University page for vacancies.  We do not accept emailed applications. 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 applications.

PhD Courses

Courses at the PhD level are only available to PhD students, and cannot be included in a bachelor or masters degree. Some are taught together with advanced level courses, but under a different course code.

Note that these courses are not always given at a fixed schedule; contact the responsible teacher if you are interested.

COMPUTE Research School

COMPUTE is a research school focused on scientific discovery using computing in a wide sense. Membership is open to all PhD students and employees at the Faculties of Science, Medicine, and Engineering at Lund University.

Faculty-wide postgraduate courses and graduate schools

More information

View of the Galactic plane.  Astronomical photo based the Gaia mission

Director of Graduate studies:

Göran Frank
goran [dot] frank [at] nuclear [dot] lu [dot] se
046 - 222 76 35

Deputy directors

Thomas Bensby
046 - 222 7324
tbensby [at] astro [dot] lu [dot] se

Rikkert Frederix
rikkert [dot] frederix [at] hep [dot] lu [dot] se

Grand staircase at the Puffendorf institute.  Photo.