Course and degree requirements Industrial Engineering and Management

The programme is designed so each candidate will receive an education with breadth over the subject combined with depth within his/her specialist area. The course component for the PhD Programme consists of 90 ECTS, of which 30 ECTS are mandatory courses and 60 ECTS are electives. Depending on research interests and educational background, the requirements for courses are individually designed for each PhD student.

Mandatory Courses

The mandatory courses for all candidates of the programme include :

  1. Researching Industrial Economics and Management: an Introduction  (7.5 credits)
  2. Qualitative research methods  (7,5 credits)
  3. Quantitative research methods  (7.5 credits)
  4. Philosophy of Science (7,5 credits)

Specialization Electives

The 60 credits of specialization or elective courses are decided so that each candidate receives an education with breadth over the subject combined with depth within his/her specialist area. Exactly which courses to take are jointly decided by the PhD student and his/her supervisor.

A high degree of flexibility is exercised in the determination of the courses that may be included in the training. For each student, the course elements are planned together with the supervisors and documented in the individual study plan.

Courses can be taken at Industrial Economics and Management (INDEK), at other divisions and departments at KTH, or at other universities.

Scientific Conferences

Participation in conferences is a central element in doctoral training. PhD students in Industrial Engineering and Management (not PhD students in Economics) are rewarded 1 ECTS for participation and presentation of a paper at an international scientific conference. The paper shall be published in the Conference proceedings.

Conference Participation must be planned in advance with the supervisor.

In total, a maximum of 5 ECTS are awarded for conference participation.

Course Credits from Previous Exams

The doctoral student must present a diploma including course name, university, examiner, date and credits, and the supervisor will decide if the course shall be included in the doctoral studies.

Only a certain number of credits from BSc and MSc levels are allowed. 

Doctoral Degree Requirements

A dissertation for a doctorate degree must contain new theoretical or empirical research results within the chosen subject area developed by the PhD student through theoretical or empirical research work. It should also contain an overview of previous research within the chosen subject area and position the PhD student's contribution in relation to that. Whether the doctoral dissertation is presented as a monograph or as a combination of scientific articles, it should be of such quality that it is judged to correspond to at least four articles published in internationally recognized scientific journals.

A monograph should normally include between 150-200 pages.

A summary dissertation, in addition to a summary of approximately 50 pages, should include at least four published scientific articles (international standards in the field). The doctoral candidate should be responsible author of at least one article as well as sole author of at least one article. At the time of the dissertation, at least two articles must be accepted for publication in internationally recognized scientific journals.

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