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At what point in the recruitment process must general entry requirements for third-cycle studies be met (for doctoral studentships): by the deadline for applications or on admission?

In the case of announced doctoral studentships, the date of admission applies, i.e., when KTH makes a decision to admit the applicant. Entry requirements for admission to third-cycle studies are set out in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100) and the following paragraph.

       Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7 Section 39

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification;
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle; or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

The higher education institution may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds. Ordinance (2010:1064).

There are no documented historical examples from KTH of what constitutes special grounds as most applicants meet the requirements of paragraphs 1–3 above.

In selecting between applicants for doctoral studentships, the ability to assimilate third-cycle studies shall be taken into account. Only those admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. KTH also enforces an English language requirement for third-cycle studies at a level equivalent to English B/6. Read the answer to the question What language requirements apply to doctoral student positions?  for more information.

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