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Why choose KTH for doctoral studies?

KTH Royal Institute of Technology is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden and ranks among the top ten in Europe. The campus is an arena for bringing highly talented students, teachers and researchers together to share perspectives from around the globe. As Sweden's largest and highest ranked technical university, KTH provides excellent conditions for its 2,000 doctoral students.

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A leading technical university

KTH is the premier technical university in Sweden. Current results from different university rankings can be found here KTH and ranking

High-quality research

KTH is the largest technical research university in the country and leading in areas such as energy, materials science, ICT, medical and biomedical technology and transport. KTH hosts a number of national research centres and is an active partner in the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Digital, EIT Raw Materials, EIT Health and EIT Urban Mobility.

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High-quality doctoral education

KTH has approximately 1,900 doctoral students, a number equal to more than one-third of the country's capacity in the field of engineering and technology. The aim of doctoral education is to provide society with qualified and independent researchers.

An international environment

KTH provides an excellent international research environment where English is the primary working language. A large proportion of PhD-level enrolment is composed of international students. In fact, one objective of the KTH master's programmes is to recruit outstanding international students to PhD positions. After completing their doctoral education at KTH, many graduates go on to international careers.

Great working conditions

Doctoral students at KTH are normally employed by the university and receive a monthly salary. Being an employee means that you enjoy access to the Swedish social security system including, for instance, health care and parental-leave insurance. Moreover, with your academic supervisor, you will create an individual study plan to structure your studies and guide your progress, ensuring that studies are personalized for your interests and experience.

Student influence

The education and study environment at KTH is strongly influenced by the students, who are represented on all boards and in all committees where decisions are made about doctoral education. The student union, THS , has a PhD chapter  dedicated to continuous improvement of the quality of the doctoral education and working conditions for doctoral students.


KTH is located in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, which provides all the amenities of a large city in terms of culture, business, history and good public transport. Stockholm is surrounded by plenty of green areas and water, and is known for its great natural beauty. KTH Campus is near the city centre and adjacent to a large national park, allowing plenty of sport and recreational activities. Sweden is one of the safest countries in the world and nearly 90% of its population speaks English. If this is a new place for you, the KTH Relocation Service  can help you get settled in Sweden and at KTH.

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