Applied Mathematics and Statistics

The graduate school is organised within the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Deputy head of department: Aila Särkkä
Director of Graduate Studies: Marija Cvijovic   

Syllabus

Established by the First Vice President on 2018-08-01, registration number C 2021-0861.
This syllabus applies to doctoral students admitted as of 2021-08-01.

Transitional regulations:
A doctoral student admitted to the syllabus of graduate school Applied mathematics and mathematical statistics may earn a degree in accordance with this, provided that the current Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes and current Local Qualifications Framework – third cycle qualifications are followed.

Doctoral students admitted to the syllabus of graduate school Applied mathematics and mathematical statistics can, however, change to the current syllabus of graduate school Applied mathematics and statistics by an application to the Deputy/Vice Head of Department. The change must be documented in the individual study plan.

The graduate school is regulated by the Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes and the Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology - third cycle qualifications and is described in the syllabus for the graduate school. In the event of any conflict between the documents, the Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes and the Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology - third cycle qualifications are governing. For the most recent version of all regulatory documents referenced in this syllabus, see Chalmers’s internal website.

1. Subject description

Mathematics and mathematical statistics are used in many areas in our society. Developing new methods and approaches and applying those to both classical and new problems as well as transferring already established and known methods to the new areas of application are a central part of applied mathematics. Many PhD projects arise from engineering and life science applications and involve collaborations with academic and industrial partners. The purpose of the graduate school in applied mathematics and statistics is to give the student fundamental knowledge within applied mathematics, orientation about current problems and applications, a deeper insight into one or several parts of the subject, and the ability to independently carry out research work. The education as a licentiate aims to enable the student to independently participate in research work in mathematics. The goal of the doctoral program is to provide the ability to critically and independently plan, lead, complete and present research work in mathematics.

2. Objectives of the doctoral program

Objectives

The national objectives for third cycle degrees (licentiate and doctoral degree) and local requirements are stated in the Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology – third cycle qualifications.

3. Entry requirements

General entry requirements To be qualified for admission in Applied mathematics and statistics graduate school the student must have earned a degree at the second-cycle level. The orientation of the student’s degree shall also have a sufficiently close connection to the subject of the doctoral programme. Equivalent requirements apply to individuals who have taken their first degree in a country other than Sweden. The examiner, in consultation with the principal supervisor, shall assess whether the applicant has the requisite capacity to successfully complete the doctoral programme. Other requirements for general entry are regulated in Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes.

Admission

Regulations regarding admission are stated in Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes.

4. Curriculum

The study programme towards a doctoral degree encompasses 240 higher education credits. The study programme towards a licentiate degree encompasses at least 120 higher education credits. One year of full-time studies equals 60 credits.

For the licentiate degree programme the credits are distributed between courses and thesis work as follows: courses 30 credits and thesis 90 credits.

For the doctoral degree programme the credits are distributed between course work and thesis work as follows: courses 60 credits and thesis 180 credits.

Courses

General courses in Chalmers’ doctoral programmes
The general course requirements for doctoral programmes at Chalmers are regulated in Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology – third cycle qualifications.

Courses specific for the Graduate school
22.5 of the required higher education credits must consist of three courses, one from each of the main topics in the list below. For the licentiate degree, at least 15 credits (i.e. two complete courses) should consist of at least two of the three main topics.

Main topics:
  • Computational mathematics
  • Mathematical Statistics/Data science
  • Optimization
All courses should be Ph.D. courses or joint MSc/PhD level courses and the choice of courses should be discussed with main supervisor, examiner and tailored to individual needs of the Ph.D. student.

Licentiate thesis

A licentiate thesis shall be written in English. In exceptional cases it can be written in Swedish; in such cases it shall contain a summary in English.

The purpose of the licentiate thesis is to account for the relevant scientific results that have been attained during the thesis work and describe these in a way that is accessible outside of the scientific inner circle of researchers. A licentiate thesis can either be written as a compilation thesis or as a monograph. If the licentiate thesis is a compilation thesis it should begin with an introduction, a summarizing text, followed by the included scientific articles. The purpose of the summarizing text is to put the studies in context, and to present relevant results that for various reasons are not described within the articles.

The licentiate thesis should be of such quality that it fulfils normal requirements for publication, in its entirety or in abridged form, in a scientific journal of good quality.

Other regulations concerning the licentiate thesis are stated in Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes.

Doctoral thesis

A doctoral thesis shall be written in English. In exceptional cases it can be written in Swedish; in such cases it shall contain a summary in English.

The purpose of the doctoral thesis is to account for the relevant scientific results that have been attained during the thesis work and describe these in a way that is accessible outside of the scientific inner circle of researchers. A doctoral thesis can either be written as a compilation thesis or as a monograph. If the doctoral thesis is a compilation thesis it should begin with an introduction, a summarizing text, followed by the included scientific articles. The purpose of the summarizing text is to put the studies in context, and to present relevant results that for various reasons are not described within the articles.

The doctoral thesis should be of such quality that it fulfils normal requirements for publication, in its entirety or in abridged form, in a scientific journal of good quality. Other regulations concerning the doctoral thesis are stated in Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes.

Supervision

The Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes states that for each doctoral student at least two supervisors shall be appointed. One of them shall be appointed principal supervisor. The doctoral student has the right to supervision during the studies unless the Head of Department decides otherwise.

5. Examination

After completion of a doctoral programme a doctoral degree is awarded. A licentiate degree can be an intermediate stage in a doctoral degree. If a licentiate degree is not a part of the individual study plan, a midway seminar shall be held to denote that licentiate level has been reached.

Examination, licentiate degree

For a licentiate degree to be awarded, the doctoral student must have received a grade of pass for the licentiate thesis and its presentation and must also have received a grade of pass for the other elements that are included in the programme.

Examination, doctoral degree

For a doctoral degree to be awarded, the doctoral student must have had a doctoral thesis and its defence approved and must also have passed the other elements that are included in the programme.

Other regulations regarding examination are stated in:
  • Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes
  • Local Qualifications Framework for Chalmers University of Technology – third cycle qualifications

6. Title of degree

The title of qualification is Teknologie doktorsexamen i Tillämpad matematik och statistik or Filosofie doktorsexamen i Tillämpad matematik och statistik. The English translation of the title of the qualification is Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

For a licentiate degree the title of the qualification is Teknologie licentiatexamen i Tillämpad matematik och statistik or Filosofie licentiatexamen i Tillämpad matematik och statistik. The English translation of the title of qualification is Degree of Licentiate of Engineering in Applied Mathematics and Statistics or Degree of Licentiate of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

The degree is given a title corresponding to the name of the faculty within which the undergraduate degree was earned. The title is determined by the Head of Department in connection with admission.

Any decision regarding exemption from use of the defined title is made by the Head of Department. In some individual cases, it is possible to use a title that does not correspond to the name of the faculty within which the undergraduate degree was earned.

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