Director of Graduate Studies: Yuriy Serdyuk
(approved by the Pro-Vice-President on November 22, 2005. Ref. nr. C2005/1199)
(revised August 14, 2007)
(revised December 13, 2012)
Regarding older syllabus, please contact the first vice/vice head of department.
The Graduate School in High Voltage
Engineering (GSHVE) is a common graduate school and a platform for
higher education in high voltage engineering between:
Institutionen för material- och tillverkningsteknik, Chalmers tekniska högskola (Chalmers)
Ångströmlaboratoriet, Uppsala Universitet (UU)
Institutionen för elektrotekniska system, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)
High Voltage Valley, Ludvika (HVV)
The purpose of establishing the GSHVE is to
strengthen and increase the critical mass of post-graduate education in
high voltage engineering, to improve access to experimental facilities
and to facilitate networking among researchers, PhD students and
engineers. The cooperating parties in this post-graduate school together
have access to laboratory facilities of world class.
General rules for graduate programmes are
issued at each university where PhD students belong. This document
supplements these rules with subject-specific requirements and
recommendations within the GSHVE.
1 Subject Description and Educational Aims
The subject High Voltage Engineering (HVE)
deals with the physical behaviour of equipment and systems for
production, transmission and use of electrical energy, and also with
construction and characteristics of these equipment and systems.
Non-power applications of high voltages are also included. Usually
questions related to electrical insulation and processes that take place
in electric power systems at operating voltages and overvoltages are of
primary interest. This includes studies and modeling of material
properties in electric fields, material ageing, discharges and breakdown
in gases, liquids, solids and complicated insulating systems
(multi-phase systems). Also modern high voltage measuring techniques
together with testing and diagnostics of different components and
apparatus are of importance. The research has mainly an experimental
character, supported by theoretical modelling, and could be of both a
knowledge-broadening nature as well as of a development nature.
education aims at giving genuine knowledge in the subject, providing
training in scientific methodology and admitting training in presenting
work performed, orally as well as in written form. In addition, after
completion of the education the former post-graduate student should be
well prepared for an independent profession as engineer, project leader,
researcher, teacher or administrative investigator within different
spheres of activities of the society.
2 Requirements for Admission
The general admission rules established by
the individual university must be followed. Students who have a Master
of Science degree (civilingenjör), or equivalent (but at least
corresponding to 160p), in a subject suitable for the chosen research
project and furthermore have the deemed capacity to complete the
education are eligible for admission as graduate students in HVE.
3 Organisation and Aim of the Programme of Study
The education for obtaining the Doctor
Degree (teknologie eller filosofie doktor) normally requires four years
of full-time studies, while the Licentiate Degree (teknologie eller
filosofie licentiat) requires two years. The education consists of a
course part and a thesis part.
During the first year, the purpose is
to broaden the knowledge within the field theoretically as well as
experimentally and to deepen the studies in one or several parts of the
specialization chosen. It is also recommended to establish a base in
pedagogy and information retrieval. Depending on the background of the
post-graduate student it might be necessary to follow supplementing
courses, such as basic electric power engineering and high voltage
engineering, electromagnetic field theory, etc.
In the subsequent years the specialisation
continues both within the particular research topic chosen but also
within general high voltage engineering. A broadening within electric
power engineering is recommended, especially for those who do not have
Seminars and workshops are to be arranged
where PhD students can share their research results with other students
and researchers. At these occasions, also industry representatives are
invited, thus constituting a forum for discussions of new results and a
quality assessment of work performed.
Different categories of courses exist: (i)
general compulsory courses specified by rules of the individual
university, (ii) subject-specific courses offered by the GSHVE and (iii)
At Chalmers doctoral students admitted after
September 1 2012 are required to take 15 credit points from the area of
Generic and Transferable Skills during their post-graduate studies. Of
these, 9 credit points are mandatory for the licentiate degree and
another 6 credit points for the PhD degree.
In addition to the
courses within Generic and Transferable Skills, the student is also
required to participate in an introduction day for doctoral students
(before the licentiate examination at the latest). Further requirements
are an oral popular science presentation to be performed prior to the
PhD thesis defence and a written popular science presentation to be
published on the back of the PhD thesis.
Presently the GSHVE offers the following courses belonging to the second category (ii):
Chemistry, physics and diagnostics of electrical insulation materials, 7.5 higher education credits, Chalmers
Discharge physics, 8 higher education credits, KTH
Electromagnetic compatibility, 7.5 higher education credits, KTH
Graduate course in electrotechnical design, 7.5-30 higher education credits, KTH
High Voltage Engineering, 7.5 higher education credits, Chalmers
High Voltage Technology, 7.5 higher education credits, Chalmers
Applied computational electromagnetics, 7.5 higher education credits, Chalmers
Material science; structure and properties, 7.5 higher education credits, Chalmers
Powerformer technology, 7.5 higher education credits, UU
These courses are given every second or
third year, depending on recruitment situation, i.e. number of available
students. Students belonging to the GSHVE shall, in order to fulfil the
special requirements of the graduate school, follow at least 30 higher
education credits of the school courses for the Doctor Degree and at
least 15 higher education credits for the Licentiate Degree.
Courses belonging to the third category (iii) are chosen by the PhD student in consultation with his/her examiner.
Examples of such courses are relevant
graduate courses in electric power engineering, courses with direct
connection to the research topic, etc. Courses in this category can be
conducted as specially designed literature courses.
The subject for the dissertation is decided
in consultation with the examiner and the main supervisor not later
than two semesters after the start of the studies. The work is presented
continually at seminars and by written reports. The dissertation can be
presented as a monograph or as a summary of several published reports
put together. The graduate's own contributions should be described in
such a way that they could be clearly distinguishable. Formal procedures
should meet the demands of individual university.
5.1 Licentiate Thesis
The thesis should deal with a problem that
is possible to solve in a scientific way. The work should result in a
thesis of such a quality that after revision it can be published
internationally and be presented at an international conference.
5.2 Doctoral Dissertation
The dissertation should be of such a
quality that it could be accepted for publication in an international
scientific journal of high standard.
6 Requirements for Degrees
The licentiate studies should correspond to
two years of full-time studies (120 higher education credits). In order
to get the degree it is required that the student
has passed tests on the courses required, corresponding to at least 30 higher education credits,
has orally presented the thesis,
corresponding to 90 higher education credits, in a public seminar and
got it approved by the examiner.
For the Doctoral Degree the graduate courses
and seminars should correspond to four years of full-time studies (240
higher education credits). To get the degree it is required that the
has passed the tests on the courses required, corresponding to at least 60 higher education credits,
has defended the dissertation,
corresponding to 180 higher education credits, in public and got it
approved by the examination committee.
7 Supervision of Post-graduate Studies
The post-graduate student is entitled to
supervision. Instructions and recommendations for this are usually
issued locally at each university. The supervision varies in accordance
with the art of the research work. The main supervisor and the
post-graduate student, together and in consultation with the examiner
shall set up an individual syllabus. The individual syllabus must
clearly state the demands on the post-graduate student and the main
supervisor. This syllabus must comply with both the rules of the
individual university as well as the rules of the GSHVE.
8 Examination on Course Work
Tests on the course work may be written or oral, in accordance with decisions made by the examiner.
9 Additional Information
As the research subject High Voltage
Engineering is of an obviously applied and directed nature, it is often
performed in close cooperation to the electrical power industries and/or
manufacturers of high voltage systems and components. Therefore the
goal for the postgraduate studies, i.e. the Licentiate Degree or the
Doctor of Technology/Philosophy Degree, should preferably be decided on
at the beginning of the studies.