Lund University, Department of Service Management and Service Studies

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University is one of the leading education and research institutions in Sweden and operates both in Lund and Helsingborg.

The Department of Service Management and Service Studies is an interdisciplinary education and research environment which through its employees today includes service studies, business administration, human and economic geography, sociology, ethnology, history and environmental strategy. The department combines industry training in service management with research and third cycle education in the field of Service Studies. In the latest national assessment of education in Sweden, our Bachelor’s and Master’s level degree programmes received excellent ratings. The department has also been successful in competing for external research funding.

The department offers study programmes in retail, health, hospitality and tourism, logistics and equality & diversity. Our research is often linked to these fields, and includes service encounters and service work, management and organisation of services, sustainability, as well as consumption and consumer culture.


The PhD programme consists of 240 credits (equivalent to four years of full-time studies) and is concluded with the public defence of a doctoral thesis. The appointed doctoral student will receive a salary from the University during four years, and his or her main obligation is to complete their PhD studies, which primarily includes an independently written doctoral thesis. The position may involve departmental duties, mainly in the form of teaching, up to 20 per cent of full time working hours, in which case the appointment will be extended by the equivalent number of hours. The terms of employment for doctoral students are regulated in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1–7.

The doctoral student is expected to be present and actively participate in the research environment at the department. The doctoral studentship will commence on 1 November or according to agreement. The general syllabus and other information about the PhD programme in Service Studies is available at



For admission to the PhD programme, the applicant must meet the general entry requirements, i.e. have been awarded a second cycle qualification, satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or acquired the equivalent knowledge in some other way. 

To meet the specific entry requirements the applicant must have completed at least 30 second cycle credits within the main field of Service Management or acquired the equivalent knowledge. The applicant must also have completed a Master’s degree project of at least 15 credits.


Assessment criteria

The appointment rules for doctoral students are stipulated in the Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS 1998:80). Only applicants who are eligible for third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Admission is primarily to be based on the applicant’s ability to benefit from the third cycle programme. The applicants will be ranked based on an overall assessment of the quality of their submitted degree projects and papers, research proposal, grades from previous studies, relevant work experience, and personal suitability. As third cycle studies in Service Studies are very demanding, the applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently under time constraints. Proficiency in both written and spoken English is also a requirement. A limited number of applicants will be asked to provide a written work sample during the final stages of the admission process, after which a shortlisted number of applicants will be called to interviews.  

 Terms of employment

Fixed-term employment of four years, in accordance with the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Section 7.

Application procedure

Applications are to be submitted electronically via the Lund University application portal.

The application must include:

  • a cover letter in Swedish or English of max 1,000 words, which contains a brief presentation of yourself and your qualifications, as well as a brief explanation of why you are interested in the third cycle programme in Service Studies at Lund University,
  • a CV in Swedish or English that demonstrates your qualifications for the third cycle programme in Service Studies,
  • degree and grade certificates in Swedish or English,
  • degree projects in Swedish or English at the Bachelor’s level and corresponding to at least 15 credits at the Master’s level in Service Studies or another discipline deemed equivalent,
  • a brief outline of a research proposal in Swedish or English of max 2,000 words including references, containing a description of a research problem and research field, possible research questions and method/s,
  • name and contact information of two personal references,
  • other documentation of relevance to the position.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2016-11-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Helsingborg
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2016/1751
  • Christer Eldh/head of department, +4642356640
  • Erika Andersson Cederholm/director of studies, +4642356609
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 11.May.2016
Last application date 15.Jun.2016 11:59 PM CET

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