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FAQ

If your question about IMER is not listed below, then you can send an email with your question to the Faculty’s Study Guidance.

Will IMER teach me what education is, and how teaching and learning are done?

No, not really. You are expected to already have a fair understanding of what education is and how teaching and learning are done. You are also expected to already have a fair understanding of what is meant by such core educational concepts as curriculum, didactics, pedagogy, assessment, school testing, special educational needs, and so on.
That is because the IMER programme does not focus on schooling or on educational processes, as such. So it will not teach you about preschool education, or about primary education, for example. The IMER programme is focused on research in education. So it is designed for you to discover how to do research in educational settings, and how to research matters that are of interest in the educational sciences.

I want to become a teacher. Should I apply for IMER?


In short, no. IMER is absolutely not a teacher training programme. Neither is IMER designed to make you a better teacher—although it may well help you as a teacher to discover the ‘world of research’ that lies behind educational practice. Hence, if you are specifically concerned with getting a better grasp of the place of research in education, or in teaching and learning, then IMER may well be a suitable programme for you.

I want to become a practising educational scholar or researcher. Should I apply for IMER?

Yes, IMER is for you. Through IMER you will learn a good deal about research in education. You will focus on research methods that are commonly used in educational research. So, IMER focuses on research theories, methods and practices that are used in educational settings or within an educational context. As such, IMER aims at the discovery and pursuir of education as a particular research tradition and distinctive research discipline.

How do I apply to IMER?

Application is made through University Admissions, and the application period for fall 2018 is 1st December 2017 – 15th January 2018. The evaluation of your qualifications will be made by UHR, the Swedish Council for Higher Education, after you have applied.

What documentation do I need for joining IMER?

You need to send in documents that show that you have a Bachelor in Education or Social Science, and proof of English. The selection is firstly based on the amount of credits you have studied, and secondly on whether you have completed other courses than the ones you have taken for your Bachelor—so make sure that you clearly document all courses that you have taken and that seem relevant for a study in educational science. These may include for example teacher training courses, courses in (child) psychology, and courses in social science subjects that are clearly relevant to education.
A letter of intent is not required, but there might be other documents you need to send in, depending on which country you are from. You can find more information via the University Admissions website.

What level of English skills will I need?

The level of English skills that you need is not a decision for IMER. The level of English that needed for admission to postgraduate study is also occasionally adjusted. Hence we need to forward you to another web-page for the most recent and up to date information. You will find the page you need at the University Admissions website.


Can I get a scholarship for IMER?

There are two opportunities regarding scholarships that you may wish to look into.
The first is The University of Gothenburg Study Scholarship & New Scholarships from the Adlerbert Scholarship Foundation. The other one is the Swedish Institute’s Scholarships.
You can of course contact the Adlerbert Scholarhip Foundation and the Swedish Institute directly, if you prefer. But you will find more information about both these two scholarships on our website, so it is a good idea to start your inquiries by visiting the University’s website on student admissions and scholarships.

Please note that applications for admission and application for scholarships are different processes and can require different kind of documentation. This also means that the decision on whether you get a scholarship does not involve IMER staff in any way. Hence there is no point contacting IMER staff in order to complain about not getting a scholarship or to request their support in obtaining a scholarship.

How many application rounds for joining IMER are there each year?

There are two application rounds for applying to IMER.
The first admission round closes January 15th. If you are an international student (you live outside Sweden and outside the EU/EEA) then you are strongly encouraged to apply to this first admission round. This application round takes place many months before the start of the programme in September. This means that you have good time to apply for a scholarship if you need one, a residence permit should you need it, and find housing. Also note that the last date on which you can submit supporting documents with your application is later than the application deadline: February 1st. So you can apply by January 15th and then send in the documents that are needed a little later.

The Second admission round is an alternative only for students from EU/EEA countries. They can afford to apply later, since they do not need to sort out a residence permit. For the second admissions round the last date to submit documents is June 21st.

How do I get selected for joining IMER?

Selection is based upon the amount of credit points. First priority is given to those applicants who have a Bachelor in Education and second priority to the applicants with a Bachelor in Social Sciences. You do not need to write a letter of intent or motivation since this is not weighed in to the selection process.

If you have more credits than the courses included in your Bachelor’s Degree it is a good idea to document this as well (see also further above). If you are offered a place on IMER, you will of course get notified by University Admissions. Your will also get notified if you are unsuccessful in your application.

Please note that IMER staff (including programme leadership) are quite explicitly not involved in selecting students for the programme. Applications for study at a university in Sweden are dealt with by a separate national unit, called University Admissions. This means that there is no point contacting IMER staff with requests designed to aid your application; nor can they help you with the application process, or deal with complaints about being rejected for the IMER programme.

I am ‘conditionally admitted’. What does that mean?

Following your application, you may be conditionally admitted. That happens more typically if at the time of your application to IMER you do not yet have a Bachelor’s degree in either Education or in another social science, but you expect to receive a suitable Bachelor’s degree before starting your IMER programme in September. In that case, you may get admitted ‘on condition’ that you will submit a copy of your Bachelor degree at any time before starting your IMER programme.

If you apply for IMER without a Bachelor’s degree but expecting to get your Bachelor’s degree in time for joining the IMER programme, then with your application you will need to provide a progress document from your university that clearly shows the date planned for completing your Bachelor’s degree. Too learn more about conditional admissions and applying to IMER before you have your Bachelor degree, see the University Admissions website.  

What does a course schedule typically look like?

We usually schedule lectures and seminars on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You need to spend approximately 40 hours a week on your studies, including lectures and seminars, but you do not need to come to the university every day.

Can you help me to find accommodation?

Finding accommodation for you is neither the responsibility of the IMER programme, nor that of the University: you must find and pay for your place to stay yourself.

After you have been offered a place on the programme you will receive newsletters with information on how to sort out accommodation. However, if you would like to start looking for accommodation in advance, you will find a lot of information on the University of Gothenburg web site .

I’ve found a place to stay in a nearby city, would commuting work?

Yes, most likely. Public transportation in Gothenburg is efficient and offers wide coverage. You can find out about traveling times on the public transport web site.

I’m bringing my family to Sweden, and we need child care, how does that work?

Please see the University of Gothenburg web site for information on studying as a parent.

I’ve heard that living expenses are high in Sweden. What can I expect to spend on housing, travel etc?

Please see the Univeristy of Gothenburg web site for information on living expenses.

Page Manager: Caroline Runesdotter|Last update: 5/14/2019
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