Top Universities for PhD Study in Sweden in 2024
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Top Universities for PhD Study in Sweden in 2024

Written by Hannah Slack

With universities dating back to the fifteenth century, Sweden has a long history of excellence in higher education, with particular strengths in Medicine and other subjects. Its title as the home of the Nobel Prize, with 34 winners, shows a focus on creativity and free-thinking pays off.

We’ve collected the latest rankings data to highlight the top universities Sweden has to offer.

Top Swedish Universities in 2024
University THE 2024 QS 2024 ARWU 2023
Karolinska Institute 50 - 37
KTH Royal Institute of Technology =97 =73 201-300
Lund University =106 =85 151-200
Uppsala University =140 105 82
Stockholm University =185 118 98
Chalmers University of Technology 189 129 401-500
University of Gothenburg 201-250 187 101-150
Linköping University 251-300 =268 301-400
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 301-350 - 301-400
Umeå University 401-500 =465 601-700
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

So, how good are Swedish universities for PhD study?

One of the most appealing qualities of PhD study in Sweden is the lack of fees. Most doctoral programmes charge no tuition, even for international students. Additionally, many of Sweden’s universities consistently rank well against other those elsewhere in Europe and beyond, with five in the Times Higher Education world top 200.

To find out more about how you can use university rankings to chose the right university for you, check out our guide to PhD rankings.

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Last Updated: 27 November 2023