Materials Science


​The graduate school is common to the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, the Department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology, the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, and the Department of Physics.

Directors of Graduate Studies:

Physics: Lena Falk
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering: Itai Panas
Industrial and Materials Science: Antal Boldizar

Syllabus

Established by the Vice President on 2005-08-17, reference number C2005/937.
Latest revised on 2021-06-23, reference number F2021-0111.
This syllabus applies to doctoral students admitted as of 2021-08-01.
Regarding older syllabus, please contact the first vice/vice head of department.

Transitional regulations:
A doctoral student admitted to an older syllabus 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 an older syllabus of graduate school Materials Science can, however, change to the current syllabus 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. The graduate school in Materials Science is a cross-departmental graduate school with doctoral students at the departments of Physics (host department), Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and Industrial and Materials Science.

1. Subject description

Materials science is an interdisciplinary subject that describes relationships between a solid material's composition and structure, and the properties, performance and processing of the material. The understanding of composition-structure-processing-property-performance relationships provides the scientific basis for the development of materials for advanced applications in modern technology. Fundamental and applied research in this field respond to an ever-increasing demand for improved and better-characterized structural and functional materials.

The graduate school subject materials science focuses on the metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite classes of materials.

2. Objectives of the doctoral programme

Objectives

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

Objectives specific for the graduate school

The goal of this doctoral programme is to provide fundamental knowledge, practical skills and experience at a high international level. The specific goals for our doctoral students are:
  • Acquire a working knowledge of materials science based on the foundations of physics, chemistry, biology and the engineering sciences.
  • Develop an analytical ability to apply the acquired knowledge in the analysis and interpretation of data and results.

3. Entry requirements

General entry requirements

To be qualified for admission in Materials Science 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.
Specific entry requirements
The earned degree at the second-cycle level must be a degree in physics, chemistry, biotechnology, materials science, materials and manufacturing technology, or an other subject closely related to materials science.

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 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’s 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
The following courses are strongly recommended:
  • TIF340, Advanced materials imaging and microanalysis (7.5 credits)
  • KOO093, The synthesis, properties and structures of solid state materials (7.5 credits)
  • MMK162, Phase transformations (7.5 credits)

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 preferred format is a compilation thesis. A compilation thesis should include two articles that may be published in, accepted for publication in, or in manuscript form (approved by the examiner) for submission to, an international scientific journal with a peer review system. The presentation of the thesis shall take place in the presence of an external reviewer and the examiner.
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 preferred format is a compilation thesis.

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.

Other regulations concerning supervision are stated in Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes.

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 Materialvetenskap or Filosofie doktorsexamen i Materialvetenskap. The English translation of the title of the qualification is Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science.

For a licentiate degree the title of the qualification is Teknologie licentiatexamen i Materialvetenskap or Filosofie licentiatexamen i Materialvetenskap. The English translation of the title of qualification is Degree of Licentiate of Engineering in Materials Science or Degree of Licentiate of Philosophy in Materials Science.

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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