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.

Study plan for doctoral subject areas and doctoral programmes

The study plan for doctoral subject areas defines the admission requirements, compulsory and recommended courses and other requirements in order to qualify for examination.

Employed by KTH

Doctoral students are normally employed and paid by KTH.

At KTH, postgraduate studies are organised into doctoral programmes that provide a natural platform for collaboration with other graduate 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 accepted to a doctoral position at KTH, you and your supervisors will set up an individual study plan, which should be reviewed on a yearly basis. This 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.


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

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