Doctoral/postgraduate (PhD) education at SLU Aqua

Last changed: 29 March 2021
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The Department of Aquatic Resources (SLU Aqua) educates PhD candidates (doctoral/postgraduate students) in the subjects environmental analysis and biology (specialty: ecology). The education takes four years and the major part consists of individual research and thesis work.

Our doctoral students (PhD candidates) work with issues such as how changes in climate and environment affect fish and fisheries, population and ecosystem dynamics and invasive species. Many of them contribute with knowledge to international projects such as BONUS Goherr and BONUS Inspire and to ICES (the International Council for Exploration of the Seas).

The research of the department is of an applied character, and the knowledge produced is thus often directly applicable in the management of our seas, lakes and watercourses. Thanks to our extensive environmental monitoring and assessment, we have access to large amounts of unique data and as our doctoral student you also have great opportunities to participate in data collection yourself as well as pursuing fieldwork and laboratory work.

The education is adapted to each individual and to each project in question and your supervisors are among Sweden’s leading experts in their research fields. They support you during the course of the work together with the Director of Studies for Doctoral Education of our department.

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During your doctoral education at SLU Aqua you have great opportunities for practical fieldwork. Photo: Sofia Bureborn
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How are fish and fisheries affected by climate change? A central issue in several doctoral projects at SLU Aqua. Photo: Jonas Hentati Sundberg
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As a doctoral student at SLU Aqua you work in a creative, international and inspiring research environment. Photo: Malin Werner

Do you want to be our doctoral/postgraduate student/PhD candidate?

PhD candidate positions are advertised through SLU’s page for vacant PhD candidate positions.

Research schools

To increase the quality of the doctoral education, the department takes part in the research schools Focus on Soils and Water  and Ecology which are run in cooperation with other SLU departments. The research schools offer courses, workshops and seminars for doctoral students.

We are responsible for the doctoral course Fisheries ecology and aquatic resource management, which is held every other year. Next time the course is offered is in 2019/2020.

Find general information on PhD candidate studies at SLU here.



Erik Petersson, Professor, Director of Studies - postgraduate education
Department of Aquatic Resources, Institute of Freshwater Research, SLU, +46 10-478 42 39

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