A doctorate is received after undergoing studies in one of KTH’s third-cycle subjects. The studies correspond to 240 credits. Besides a scientific doctoral thesis (dissertation) of a minimum of 120 credits, a doctorate includes courses of a minimum of 60 credits. Higher requirements for course components may be established in the study plan for a subject. Further objectives within the framework of the Higher Education Ordinance, Qualifications Ordinance (appendix 2 of the Ordinance) and the objectives set out in the local regulation of qualifications are established by the Faculty Council in study plans for third-cycle subjects. For detailed information see the respective study plan.
After the award of doctorate at KTH, a doctoral student will be well prepared for further independent scientific activities within his or her subject or for other comparable professional activities, consisting primarily of research, development and investigation work, within distinct areas of society. All third-cycle studies must be planned taking into consideration the needs of society and the students to ensure that students acquire knowledge in addition to what is provided in basic higher education studies along with skills in research methodology and experience of research which further develops their ability to make critical judgment on phenomena of various kinds.
The format of doctoral thesis (dissertation)
A doctoral thesis (dissertation) is normally a compilation of scientific papers with an introduction and a short summary (compilation thesis). It may also be a uniform, coherent scientific work (monograph thesis).
The papers included in a compilation thesis may be written by the student alone or jointly with another person or other persons. Papers written by more than one person may be considered if the student’s contribution is clearly stated.
Previously published papers may be attached to a monograph thesis as appendices. Thesis written by two or more persons jointly may be approved as a doctoral thesis. For approval, there must be a clear statement of which part was contributed by each person.
Doctoral theses are normally written in English and shall, according to the Language Policy for KTH, have a summary in Swedish. A doctoral thesis in another language requires approval by the Director of Doctoral Studies. A brief summary – abstract – in English is attached to the doctoral thesis.
Abstracts may be printed at the beginning of each thesis or on the back of a loose "disputation title sheet". One advantage of printing the abstract on the disputation title sheet is that information on the thesis can be distributed cheaply to a wide circle of people.
Abstracts of KTH’s doctoral theses are published in Dissertation Abstracts International. Kungliga Tekniska högskolan ensures via KTHB that abstracts are forwarded to the said publication.
The KTHB acquisitions unit, tel. 08-790 7186, supplies ISBN numbers for KTH doctoral theses.
Doctoral theses are presented and defended at public disputations. The disputation must take place between 7 January and 15 June or between 15 and August and 20 December, unless particular reasons exist why this should not be so.
Doctoral students who wish to present and defend their doctoral thesis must inform the School in question no later than five weeks during term-time before the date expected for the public defence. At the same time, the main supervisor puts forward a proposal (on the same form) for faculty examiner (opponent), chair of the disputation, and members of the grading board. Disputations may not be held in the period from 16 June to 14 August. An established individual study plan for the doctorate and a completed form “Summary of quality assessment for licentiate and doctoral theses” must be attached to the notification.
The director of doctoral studies appoints an opponent, a chair of the disputation and the members of the grading board and decides on the time and place for the disputation.
The Chair of the disputation ceremony should be a person other than the main supervisor. Read more about it here
Studies for a licentiate degree
A licentiate degree is received after undergoing studies in one of KTH’s third-cycle subjects. The studies correspond to 120 credits.
Besides a scientific paper of a minimum of 60 credits, a licentiate degree includes courses corresponding to a minimum of 30 credits. Higher requirements for the course component may be established in the study plan for a subject.
Further objectives within the framework of the Higher Education Ordinance system of qualifications (appendix 2 of the Ordinance) and the objectives set out in the local regulation of qualifications are established by the Faculty Council in the study plan for the third-cycle subject. For detailed information, see the respective study plan.
The qualification is named “Teknologie licentiatexamen” (Licentiate of Engineering). In individual cases, another prefix, like “Filosofie” (Philosophy) may be used, as decided by the Director of Doctoral studies.
Students who have met the above requirements relating to third-cycle studies will have acquired wider and more detailed subject knowledge, training in research methods and in qualified independent work in the subject.
The studies must be so arranged that they are normally equivalent to two years’ full-time study.The licentiate thesis must be presented at a public licentiate seminar lasting approximately 1 hour. The seminar should take place between 7 January and 15 June or between 15 and August and 20 December unless particular reasons exist why such should not be the case.
The licentiate thesis must be reviewed by a special reviewer who issues a general assessment of the thesis and who also serves as an "opponent" at the seminar. This person should have obtained a doctoral qualification and should be scientifically competent at a level equivalent to reader (Swe. docent). The main supervisor proposes a reviewer and the Director of Doctoral studies appoints the reviewer. The licentiate student must provide the reviewer with a copy of the thesis when the notice of a planned licentiate examination is submitted to the School.
The grade for a licentiate thesis is decided by the main supervisor and he or she must always attend the licentiate seminar. In cases in which the main supervisor is not a teacher, a special examiner (who is a teacher) must be appointed.
An electronic version of the thesis is, according to the President’s decision, published in the KTH publication database DiVA at the time of exhibition.