Research School

New admission to the Research School in protection against accidents is now finished.

With the support of MSB, we are now doing a 2nd round of admission for five doctoral students to the Research School in protection against accidents. The studies will then be carried out in 2022-2025.

An important change is that the 2nd admission, in addition to municipalities, will also include employees in regions and county administrative boards.

Feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining.

How does it work?

  • The person who is employed by the municipality, region or county administrative board and who is active in the area of protection against accidents.
  • The applicant must have reasonable conditions for achieving the eligibility requirements for admission to the doctoral programme at a higher education institution. The eligibility requirements are normally 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits at the advanced level. (Equivalent to 160p and 40p respectively in the previous system).
  • The doctoral students’ research area must be within the framework of the Act on Protection against Accidents, contribute to reducing the negative consequences of fires and linked to sustainable development/Agenda 2030.
  • The doctoral students who are admitted to the Research School retain their regular employment full-time, but allocate 50% of their working time for research during the period with the aim of a licentiate degree.
  • The doctoral students thus retain their regular employment and the employer is responsible for that cost. However, the employer receives a research grant as a lump sum of SEK 50 thousand. The Research school finances costs for supervision, joint meetings and more.
  • The Research school does not conduct its own doctoral education or publish any degree, but this is done by the higher education institution where the doctoral student is admitted. The Research School helps to identify suitable higher education institutions and supervisors and provides support during the admission process to the university. Within the framework of the Research School, joint doctoral courses are also arranged.
  • Admission to the Research School is expected to be completed in December, and admission to the university is expected to take place in early 2022. The first meeting for the admitted will take place in January or February 2022.

If you are a knowledge-seeking person and want to gain cutting-edge expertise in any problem area that you are passionate about, you should definitely apply! At the same time, you will become a pioneer who will help strengthen the link between academia and practice in the field of accident protection.

If you are an employer who wants to invest in your staff and bring your organization to the knowledge front within an important problem for the business, here has a unique chance.

Since the 2nd admission covers more organisations than municipal emergency services, competition will probably be tough. Therefore, criteria for admission have been drawn up and can be found below,

These include, among other things, that the following areas will be given priority.

  • Green energy transition
  • Care at home
  • Buildings with cultural values
  • Equivalent fire safety
  • Learning and development
  • Effective rescue services
  • Brandsäker bostadsmiljö
  • Circular resource use
  • Effective management of rescue operations

Do not hesitate to contact Marcus or Thomas (see contact details in the field on the right) if you have any questions. Or why not listen to one of the doctoral students in the 1st admission: Anna, Emilie or Michael?

Current Students

Currently, the Brandforsk Research School has three students carrying out postgraduate research. You can read more about them and their research by clicking on the boxes to the right or clicking on the links below.

Artificial Intelligence, Sensors and Decision-Making Support
Mikael Johanson, Landskrona Fire and Rescue Service

Linköping University

How can decision-makers in the development plan process better understand and address different risks and concerns?
Anna Ståhle Bofjäll, Greater Stockholm Fire and Rescue
Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University

Recruitment of Non-Career Firefighters
Emelie Lantz, Västra Blekinge Fire and Rescue Service

Division of Fire Safety Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University

Why a Research School?

Brandforsk and MSB have both identified a great need for practical research which aims to increase knowledge as well as putting knowledge from existing research into practice. Combining academic work with the fire and rescue service presents many opportunities to identify important issues and have an effect on practice.

Research can cover all areas of the fire and rescue service’s work, from the management of large rescue operations to fire safety inspections and individually adapted fire safety. Research can also be conducted on the fire and rescue service as an organisation.

A postgraduate education is also a unique opportunity to become both specialised within a certain field and to develop general analytical capabilities. Students will also acquire a unique ability to interpret and evaluate research which will be of great use to the fire and rescue service in Sweden for a long time to come.

What is Brandforsk Research School?

Students at the research school set aside 50 % of their work time for research during a 4 year period which amounts to a licentiate of engineering[1]. The research school is realised with support from MSB.

The employer is responsible for salary costs whilst the research school finances other costs such as supervision, travel costs etc. This also means that the students retain their regular employment and maintain their salaries.

The research school does not conduct its own postgraduate education or give out any degrees, this is done by the higher education institution the students are enrolled at. However, the research school does help to identify suitable higher education institutions and supervisors as well as providing support during the admission process to the higher education institution. The graduate school also provides some joint doctoral courses in collaboration with different higher education institutions.