The purpose of the doctoral studies at KTH is to generate qualified researchers who can contribute to society by ensuring its sustainable development.
The PhD degree studies include a course load of at least 90 credits and a dissertation worth 150 credits. The Licentiate of Engineering degree requires at least 45 course credits and a licentiate essay worth 75 credits.
Doctoral studies offer a regular curriculum consisting of at least three doctorate-level courses per academic year. A regular seminar series is also organized within the program with the purpose of broadening the expertise of doctoral candidates and creating a stimulating intellectual environment.
The intention is also that doctoral candidates should participate in international conferences once per year, as well as in national networks that make it possible to make industry connections and gain hands-on expertise on current problems and trends within the industry.
The dissertation can be either a monograph or a collection of related articles.
In cases where a licentiate thesis is not presented, the doctoral candidate must offer a state-of-research presentation at the midway point.
Quality will also be ensured by the presence of an active advisory group wherein the supervisor takes on a great deal of responsibility.
The quality of doctoral dissertations and licentiate thesis that take the form of monographs will be judged according to standard practice, by the same standards held by other Swedish institutions with doctoral programs in this area.