Latest revised on 2022-04-12, registration number TME 2022-0115.
This syllabus applies to doctoral students admitted as of 2022-04-25.
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 Technology Management and Economics 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
1. Subject description
Description of subject
The Department's doctoral studies is a unique education in which the doctoral students take on issues relevant to academia as well as industry. We put emphasis on good theoretical and methodological skills. Research education has an interdisciplinary form and includes economic, organizational, and social aspects of technology and use of technology. Social science, natural science, technical and mathematical knowledge areas are all covered in the scientific base.
Within the department's doctoral studies, the graduate school of Technology Management and Economics includes studies in different areas, such as the role of technology for social development, industrial renewal based on technological innovations as well as management and organization of technology-based business and business sector activities.
2. Objectives of the doctoral program
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.
The doctoral study programme shall prepare for leading positions in academia, industry, and the public sector. Further, the students shall learn to plan and lead research and development activities, as well as collaborate in interdisciplinary work.
3. Entry requirements
General entry requirements
To be qualified for admission in Technology Management and Economics 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. The field of Technology Management and Economics is a broad and interdisciplinary field. Applicants may therefore hold degrees in the social sciences and humanities, as well as engineering. 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.
Regulations regarding admission are stated in Appointment regulation for doctoral programmes.
The study programme towards a doctoral degree encompasses 240 higher education credits (hec). The study programme towards a licentiate degree encompasses at least 120 higher education credits (hec). One year of full-time studies equals 60 hec.
For the licentiate degree programme, the credits are distributed between courses and thesis work as follows: courses at least 30 hec and thesis at least 90 hec.
For the doctoral degree programme, the credits are distributed between course work and thesis work as follows: courses at least 60 hec and thesis at least 165 hec.
The course requirements within the graduate school include general courses that are common to all doctoral programmes at Chalmers as well as courses specific for the graduate school.
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.
Specific course requirements for the Graduate school Technology Management and Economics
The programme includes two compulsory courses: