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More about doctoral studies in mathematics and mathematical statistics

Here you can find information about the content of the education.

The scope of the education

A doctoral position lasts five years at most. The doctoral education takes four years, but most students use 80% of the time to the education and 20% to other activities at the department. Most often this is to take part in the graduate education at Chalmers or the University of Gothenburg, but there are other tasks as well.

Third-cycle subjects at the University of Gothenburg

Mathematics, with the possible specialisation applications

Mathematical statistics, with the possible specialisation applications

In addition, there is a third-cycle subject in mathematics/natural science specialising in educational sciences.

Graduate schools at Chalmers University of Technology


Mathematical statistics

Applied mathematics and statistics

In addition, a doctoral student in mathematics or mathematical statistics may be admitted to the graduate school in Bioscience, which is an interdisciplinary graduate school.

Industrial doctoral student

Industrial doctoral student projects are a special type of collaborative projects between the department and a company. An industrial doctoral student is admitted to one of the graduate schools, and performs the education within the employment with the company.

Postgraduate courses

A quite large part of the doctoral education involves taking courses, mostly in mathematics or mathematical statistics, of course, but also some other courses in, for example, pedagogy and research ethics, which are taken together with doctoral students in other graduate schools/third-cycle subjects. These obligatory courses differ between the universities, see required courses at the Faculty of Science and GTS courses (Generic and Transferable Skills) at Chalmers University of Technology.

Doctoral students may also study individual courses in other subjects if their examiner certifies that the course is relevant to their research.

The courses in mathematical statistics and mathematics are aimed partly at providing a general education in advanced mathematics, and partly at providing a basis for the research work. Some doctoral courses are given regularly at the department, while others are planned based on requests from doctoral students and teachers. The range of courses offered consists of two categories of courses:

1. Advanced level courses common to undergraduate and doctoral education.

2. "Pure" doctoral courses. Those that are given by Mathematical Sciences can be found in the course data base of the University of Gothenburg, search for "mathematical sciences".

You can read more about course rules in the syllabi under Third-cycle subjects and Graduate schools.