Studying as a Doctoral Student

The four years of doctoral studies provide an education in becoming a researcher. The doctoral student has two supervisors and an individual study plan. The programme is regulated by a number of local provisions, all of which are based on the Higher Education Ordinance.

A doctoral programme runs for four years and comprises 240 ECTS credits. Of these, 75 credits are for courses, some of which are compulsory and some of which are elective. The thesis project accounts for 165 ECTS.

The studies are guided by an individual study plan, which is to be drawn up for each doctoral student. The plan shall include the commitments of the university and the doctoral student, as well as a timetable for the doctoral student’s course of study. It shall be followed up regularly.

During the first semester, the doctoral student attends obligatory courses – a method course, an introduction, and in-depth studies within her/his respective subject(s).

Each doctoral student has at least two supervisors, one of whom is her/his primary supervisor. Supervisors are appointed at the start of the programme by the Research Director, guided by proposals by the faculty. A doctoral student shall be allowed to change supervisors if she/he requests this.

Participation in subject and area-specific seminars is compulsory throughout the education period.

To receive a doctoral degree, the doctoral student must receive a passing grade on her/his doctoral thesis. The thesis shall be defended orally at a public defence. The public defence must be attended by an opponent who is not active at the Swedish Defence University.