What is included in a doctoral education?
Doctoral, or PhD., studies comprise 240 higher education credits, that is 4 years of full time studies. It ends with a doctoral degree (Doctor of philosophy, PhD). The actual research constitute three years (180 hec) while one year in total includes curses and literature etc. At the department, most PhD-students are also involved in teaching, at up to 20% of full time, so in reality the PhD-period is five years.
Although doctoral studies should be seen as a form of education, the setup differs a lot from our other courses and programs. You will spend most of the time with practical and theoretical studies in a well defined research area. It gives you an opportunity to deepen your knowledge in theta subject, but perhaps more importantly, give you the tools to independently research questions and to critically analyse and evaluate the results.
Most of our PhD-students are part of a research group, and cooperation with other scientists and a fundamental part of the education.