§1 From 1 May 2002 admission to both doctoral and licentiate degree is possible in Sweden. A person admitted to a licentiate degree can be later admitted to study for a doctorate degree after the licentiate graduation.
§2 To be admitted onto a PhD studies the applicants must meet the general and specific eligibility requirements prescribed by faculty board at the Institute of Technology for each major subject. Applicants must also be assessed as capable in general of completing their PhD education successfully.
§3 The general eligibility requirement is to have completed a degree at master/graduate level, or completion of course requirements of at least 240 ECTS, of which at least 60 ECTS are at master level; or equivalent level of knowledge acquired in Sweden or abroad. The Faculty Board may grant exceptions from these general qualifications for individual applicants, if there are specific grounds for so doing.
Specific eligibility requirements
Applicants must be proficient in English, for the student to be able to assimilate literature in English, to writte the thesis in English and if necessary, defend the thesis in English. Requirements for Swedish skills may be made.
§5 The general regulation for selection of candidates who satisfy the requirements for PhD level admission is their ability to successfully complete the PhD degree. A more detailed presentation of the selection criteria is given in the general study syllabus for each major subject or at the annoncement of the with the study funding for student places.
Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements for admission as a PhD student is to fill in a form Application for admission to PhD studies. The form is available on the home pages and is to be submitted to the department.
§7 Decisions on offering a student a PhD studnet place at the Institute of Technology is normally taken by the department on the delegation of the Board of the Institute of Technology. Admission to a PhD studies can only be made if there is necessary student funding, access to a supervision and any other resources required to lead to a degree of very high international standard.
A decision on admission as a PhD student by funding other than salary is to be taken by the Dean.
A decision on admission is signed by the head of department. Admission form must be handled by the respective Department. The forms are filed at the institution. The admission form must state the qualification of higher education and only controlled data may be reported to Ladok. A certified copy of diploma by another university in Sweden (other than Linköping University) or by a foreign university institution must be attached.
§8 PhD student is to receive a proper introduction. The student should be allocated a workplace with IT, phone and email access. The student is to be informed about the structure of the department and the Institute of Technology, including preparatory and decision-making bodies. Information is also to be provided on the general study syllabus and courses included in the program, departmental research, seminar activities and the rights and obligations of PhD students, and who to contact in the event of perceived discrimination.
§9 Admission to licentiate studies shall normally occur only when the intention is to finish the PhD studies with a licentiate degree. In cases where it does occur admission of PhD students to a licentiate education because of uncertain funding, a written statament should be presented.
In order to distinguish the two different ways for studies, the requirements for the licentiate and PhD studies must be specified in the individual study plan. It must be stated in the announcement of the appointment which degree the education is aimed at, for example, "PhD position with the appointment until licentiate degree". This is particularly important in the case of foreign recruitment, where Licentiate not involves any specific merits.
Last updated: 2017-10-26