Top Universities for PhD Study in Sweden in 2021
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Top Universities for PhD Study in Sweden in 2021

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 32 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 2021
University THE 2021 QS 2021 ARWU 2020
Karolinska Institute =36 - 45
Lund University =103 97 151-200
Uppsala University =111 124 77
Stockholm University 183 181 69
University of Gothenburg =191 202 101-150
Chalmers University of Technology 201-250 139 301-400
KTH Royal Institute of Technology 201-250 98 201-300
Örebro University 351-400 - 601-700
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 351-400 - 301-400
Umeå University 351-400 333 401-500
Linköping University 401-500 362 301-400
Karlstad University 801-1000 - -
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 - 29/03/21

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