Research Education

Artistic research education is a central part of the research environment at Stockholm University of the Arts, SKH. Since 2016, SKH has been authorised to award third-cycle degrees in artistic practices, and we offer artistic PhD education in the subject Performative and Mediated Practices.

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Read about Performative and Mediated Practices.

Since the beginning the focus of the University has been to create an environment that enables artistic research to be carried out between active researchers, doctoral students, artists, teachers and students at all levels of education. The doctoral programme is central to this environment. By implementing the doctoral programme as an active and critical environment for research, we make space for artists to develop their work in a way that improves knowledge and expertise within diverse artistic fields, contributes to artistic research as a transdisciplinary field, and strengthens the link between research and education. Via our unique combination of education and artistic research, our aim is to create opportunities and pathways for artists as they transform art, culture and society.

Doctoral positions

We offer PhD positions in each of our four research specializations - Film and Media, Choreography, Performing Arts and Opera. At present we have 27 PhD candidates. 

As a PhD candidate, you will be part of the research environment at the university. In addition to developing and doing your own independent artistic research project, you will take courses and engage in other forms of training that will support the development of your artistic practice. You will have access to relevant and qualified supervision in dialogue with an active community of peers and colleagues operating according to international standards.

Our doctoral candidates 

The Research Environment

Our artistic research environment offers unique opportunities for in-depth studies and interdisciplinary research collaborations. For example, interdisciplinary research seminars are held once a week. Here, artistic researchers discuss their ongoing projects, identify common lines of enquiry and develop cross-disciplinary approaches.

The research environment at this University is inclusive and critically engaged. We consciously recruit and give voice to a diversity of perspectives and practices. Our university is a meeting-place for independent artists, artistic researchers and educators; we are working together to create meaningful contributions to art, culture and society.

An interdisciplinary research center is responsible for the doctoral programme and hosts the activities within the interdisciplinary research environment. The research center is also the base of four interdisciplinary profile areas; Site, event, encounter; Concept and composition; Bodily and vocal practices; Art, technology, materiality.

Artistic research

Sweden holds a leading position in the development of artistic research, Sverige, owing to the research that has been conducted at several higher education institutions and the high quality of the artistic research projects that have been developed.

The build-up of research programmes in the faculties of Gothenburg and Lund universities created a stable foundation for both the artistic research community and for the expansion in the number of doctoral students. The introduction of artistic PhD degrees in the legislation, in 2010, served to further strengthen art’s specific position in society.

Artistic research, as it manifests in Sweden, is compatible with the broader Scandinavian approach which situates artistic practice as foundational to an artistic research project. SKH works towards developing artistic practices and processes, contributing to the international field of artistic research via this strong emphasis on, and commitment to, artistic practice.

General syllabus for third cycle studies

General syllabus 2020


For general questions regarding doctoral studies at Uniarts, please contact

Ellen J Røed
Professor in Film and Media and Head of Subject area, Research Education

Lin-Christin Berentzen 
Research Education Coordinator 

Bodil Lagerås
Research Education Officer