Becoming a Doctoral Student

We understand that if you’re aiming to become an independent researcher, you might not want to choose between your scientific call and the security of a monthly salary. And why should you?

A Chalmers doctoral position allows you to combine a career with a doctoral degree. Of course, Chalmers isn’t your typical employer – as nearly a thousand doctoral students can testify. Wherever possible we like to integrate the needs of the world with both research and study. After all, we only have one Earth.

So count on plenty of interaction with other researchers, students and industrial contacts – not least internationally. Our open and trusting approach is geared to nurture your career as well as the research. Whether you’re in one of the basic sciences or one of the Chalmers areas of advance, we’re sure your time at Chalmers will have merit wherever you go.

We believe that each doctoral student should be respected as an equal member of his or her research environment. One of the cornerstones for this respect is an adequate monthly income, which we choose to see as an investment opportunity. Firstly, it allows us to attract the best candidate to the programme (we advertise all our positions on-line). Secondly, we believe it enables our doctoral students to achieve better research – something that can do the whole world a favor.

What's in it for you?

  • Individual coaching and career support
  • Being a valid member of the team
  • Training for personal development
  • A dynamic research environment
  • A mentor programme with prominent specialists
  • 29 graduate schools to choose from
  • Experience of teaching undergraduates
  • A network expanding across various borders
  • A PhD profile attractive to industry and academia

How does it work?

The licentiate degree is either an independent degree or a stage towards a doctorate, normally requiring two years of full-time study. In order to obtain a doctoral degree, four years of full-time study are needed.

The degree is taken in a scientific subject linked to one of Chalmers departments/centres and its graduate schools or to national graduate schools. The education consists of the acquisition of knowledge by means of courses and individual research.

In most cases, the research is carried out within an established research group supervised by an experienced researcher (supervisor). The majority of research groups work internationally, which provides good opportunities for locating parts of the study abroad. The results of the research are reported in a doctoral thesis, which is defended at a public examination, or a licentiate thesis, which is presented at a seminar.

Graduate appointment

Most graduate students at Chalmers have a graduate appointment, which means that they are employed by Chalmers. Normally they also assist with teaching on Chalmers teaching programmes, often as a calculation exercise instructor or laboratory work supervisor. Other departmental duties may comprise a maximum of 20 percent of the working time.

Entrance qualifications

For a student to be admitted to a doctoral programme it is generally required that the student has the necessary academic qualifications. This means that the student shall have obtained a degree at an advanced level of at least 240 higher education credits (according to the Swedish university-level credits system). The orientation of the student's degree shall also have a sufficiently close connection to the doctoral programme subject. In addition to this minimum requirement there are also special prior knowledge requirements that apply to the specific subject in question. Equivalent requirements apply to persons who have taken their first degree in a country other than Sweden.

Vacant positions

All vacant PhD positions at Chalmers are announced via Vacancies

Further information

More information about graduate study, the graduate schools, possible research projects, the opportunity to obtain a graduate appointment or become an industrial graduate student and so on can be obtained by getting in touch directly with Chalmers graduate schools, departments or directors of research. 

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Published: Fri 25 Oct 2019.