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Being a doctoral student at KTH

Each doctoral student enjoys a unique education, depending on one's project, supervisors, and individual qualifications. Completing the doctoral degree requires working on a research project that leads to a thesis. You will be admitted to the research subject integral to your doctoral programme, and in collaboration with your supervisors, you will set up an individual study plan.

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General syllabus for doctoral subjects and doctoral programmes

The general syllabus for a doctoral subject defines the admission requirements, compulsory and recommended courses and other requirements in order to qualify for examination.

At KTH, doctoral studies are organised into doctoral programmes that provide a natural platform for collaboration with other doctoral students in the same field and an opportunity to forge valuable contacts that will enrich your future career.

As a doctoral student at KTH, you will have the opportunity to attend courses at other universities that cooperate with KTH.

Individual study plan

Once you have been admitted as a doctoral student at KTH, you and your supervisors will set up an individual study plan based on the general syllabus. This individual study plan summarizes how your education will be organized, which courses you will take, your tutorial, and other commitments. The study plan also determines the requirements you must fulfil to graduate. Your individual study plan should be reviewed on a yearly basis.


Each doctoral student will be appointed a minimum of two supervisors, one of them will be the main supervisor. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that each student´s research project and course work proceed at an appropriate pace. A doctoral student who so requests may change supervisor if circumstances allow it.