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FSH3000 Width and Ethics in Physics 7.5 credits

About course offering

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Autumn 2023 Start 28 Aug 2023 programme students

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P1 (4.0 hp), P2 (3.5 hp)


28 Aug 2023
15 Jan 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location


Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2023 Start 28 Aug 2023 programme students

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For course offering

Autumn 2023 Start 28 Aug 2023 programme students


Mats Ahmadi Götelid (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSH3000 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course has an umbrella structure containing four modules:

  1. Research ethics and role in society
  2. Critical review and evaluation
  3. Broad knowledge in physics
  4. Presentation

Each of these modules can be passed in different ways in order to accommodate the large variety of traditions and academic environments present in the physics program. In order to collect a large part of the course goals into one structure, an annual PhD student physics conference is organized. At this conference, the students will present their work. To fulfil modules 3 and 4, senior students will give invited general talks about a number of front line research topics. The conference will also serve as course introduction.

The content of the course can be broken down to:

  • General knowledge of the goal for PhD-studies
  • Basics of ethical issues in research
  • Research front-line phenomena in physics
  • Critical review of others' research
  • Organization of and participation in a conference in physics for the PhD-students in the program

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to certify that all PhD-students in the program have a common base of knowledge and understanding, skills and abilities, ethical values and attitudes at the profound level required for a PhD degree. In particular, the course shall give the PhD-students the skills and abilities to analyse, and in a constructive and critical manner review others work of research. This course, together with the other courses taken by the student, the thesis and its public defense aim at ensuring that the formal requirements as stipulated by regulations ("examensordning" at KTH) are satisfied. By taking this course the student shall be able to:

  • demonstrate a wide knowledge in physics and a systematic understanding of the field
  • demonstrate the ability of scientific analysis and synthesis, independent critical review and assessment of new issues and situations
  • demonstrate intellectual independence, scientific integrity and the ability to make ethical assessments in research
  • demonstrate deeper insight in the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and human responsibility for its use
  • demonstrate the ability to present clear and concise, oral and written presentations and discussion of research and research results
  • demonstrate knowledge and awareness of ethical issues in research

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admitted to the doctoral program in physic.

Recommended prerequisites

Admitted to doctoral program in physics


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Course compendium

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • DEL1 - Participation, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • DEL2 - Participation, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • DEL3 - Participation, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

All four modules have been passed

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Mats Ahmadi Götelid (

Supplementary information

The course if of wide character and covers several areas in physics and also ethics. The course intends to certify that the students fulfill the requirements, as stipulated by the "Högskoleförordningen" for a doctoral degree. In particular, a wide knowledge in the field should be demonstrated as well as other aspects not traditionally covered by the thesis and the dissertation.
The director of the doctoral program is the examiner and the directors of research studies at the departments involved in the program are heavily implicated.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Physics