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Doctoral position in Health Care Sciences 

Project title: Person-centred learning: co-creation of an educational module for higher education 

The Department of Learning and Leadership for Health Care Professionals is located at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university’s doctoral student pages:    


The PhD education in Health Care Sciences comprises carrying out a scientific project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level. The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits. For more information about third-cycle studies at Sahlgrenska Academy, see

Project: Like all government agencies, universities must contribute to the development of society. The universities’ specific mission is to create socially sound knowledge and educate students so that they, in turn, can start utilizing the knowledge and skills in their forthcoming profession. However, knowledge about person- centred care (PCC) is inadequately described in governing documents and knowledge and skills about PCC are unevenly distributed among teachers in higher education. Thus, this project wants to contribute with an increased knowledge about, and a practical guidance in how teachers could support students to develop competence in PCC. The objective is to co-create an educational module for PCC which aims to support teaching and learning of PCC in higher education.

The PhD education at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences is conducted within the subject of Health Care Sciences, see As a doctoral student, you will be part of the research group Gothenburg Person Centered Care (GPCC) Learning and Education, which is an interdisciplinary group for learning and education in PCC. The group research learning, pedagogical tools and educational initiatives within the university area. The project is about building an educational module to support learning of how knowledge and skills about teaching and learning of PCC can be promoted. The project wants to contribute with increased knowledge about and a practical guide in how university teachers should be able to support university students to develop competence in PCC.

Together with students, teachers, patients, and relatives, you will design the educational module and test its feasibility. The project is based on mixed methods, i.e., both qualitative and quantitative research methods will be used. You will be supported by an interdisciplinary group of supervisors and be part of a national and international well-established research environment in GPCC. You should have a good ability to work independently and to collaborate in teams, as well as be an accurate and structured with social skills and flexibility. Good knowledge of Swedish and English, both orally and in writing, is necessary.

Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree. As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration.    


Education at third-cycle level requires general eligibility and specific eligibility as set out in the general syllabus for the subject.  

The general eligibility requirements for education at third-cycle level are:    
1. having completed a degree at second-cycle level, or
2. the fulfilment of course requirements totalling at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or  
3. the acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad.  
Specific entry requirements for this subject, according to the general syllabus, are: 
having completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies.    

Assessment criteria   

The selection of applicants who are considered to have the ability required to benefit from the study programme and who meet the general and specific eligibility requirements are assessed based on the following documented qualifications:- specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields
– experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology
– scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.   


Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg. The provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993:100. Initial employment as a doctoral student may apply for a maximum of one year, and may be renewed by a maximum of two years at a time. A doctoral student may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but the total period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time education at third-cycle level for four years.   

Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Health and Care Sciences. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.  

The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.    

Contact information 

For more information about the project please contact the principal supervisor, 
Catarina Wallengren, Associate Professor, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, 


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:  


You can apply to be admitted for education at third-cycle level via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.   

You must include the following, in pdf format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of  English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies

If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, make sure that you attach a diploma and full transcripts that makes assessing your degree easier 

If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.

For information on what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement see 

Applications must be received by: 2022-08-11


Information for International Applicants 

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The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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