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Doctoral Studies

Doctoral studies means advanced studies in mathematics or mathematical statistics by way of reading courses and working with a research project of your own.

When you have passed the exam you have a doctoral degree, and have either the possibility to continue within the universities, or to launch a career in industry and business. It is also possible to take a licentiate degree after half the time of the education.

Mathematical Sciences is an integrated department within the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, and to be employed as a doctoral student you must first be admitted to either a third-cycle subject at the University of Gothenburg or a graduate school at Chalmers University of Technology. It works almost in the same way at both universities.

Doctoral student positions

We look for new doctoral students every year. Most often the positions are announced some time in December or January, with last application date in February. Occasional doctoral positions could also be announced at other times during the year.

Research project

The most important part of a doctoral education is the research project. Sometimes it may be part of a larger research project with several other researchers involved, both senior researchers and other doctoral students, but in pure mathematics it is more common for the doctoral student to work on a project of one’s own. There is always a supervisor involved, who may have suggested the research problem, and who participates in some extent in solving the problem, but projects with many people are more unusual.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences has active researchers in many areas of mathematics and mathematical statistics. Anyone interested in becoming a doctoral student should take a look at the pages of the research areas and think about which areas seem to be the most attractive ones.

More about doctoral studies in mathematics and mathematical statistics

Here, you can read more about third-cycle subjects, graduate schools and postgraduate courses at the department