Top Universities for PhD Study in Sweden in 2023
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Top Universities for PhD Study in Sweden in 2023

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 33 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 2023
University THE 2023 QS 2023 ARWU 2022
Karolinska Institute 49 - 41
Lund University =119 95 151-200
Uppsala University =148 128 89
KTH Royal Institute of Technology =155 89 201-300
Stockholm University =176 153 90
University of Gothenburg 201-250 =185 101-150
Chalmers University of Technology 251-300 =125 401-500
Linköping University 251-300 =320 301-400
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 351-400 - 301-400
Örebro University 401-500 - 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: 16 December 2022