Doctoral studies at SLU

Last changed: 17 December 2019

SLU’s doctoral programmes offer the opportunity to pursue a research degree in an environment that nurtures and promotes the development of independent research skills in students.

It is an education with courses and various other educational activities, but most of the time is devoted to research work.

The doctoral student runs a project, his/her dissertation, with the help of two or more supervisors. Initially, the doctoral student is dependent on his/her supervisors, but as the project progresses the doctoral student becomes the driving force behind the project and the supervisors are given the role of adviser.

Within the project, the doctoral student will

  • find the latest research results,
  • contact others who work in the field,
  • plan trials and set-ups,
  • apply for funding and make budget plans,
  • write reports and articles,
  • collaborate with various groups and/or individuals.

During the experiments, the doctoral student usually acts as team leader for technical staff. The training of pedagogical skills through teaching and presentations of research, both for other researchers at national and international conferences and for non-academics, is an important part of the education.

 

PhD student councils

At SLU, all doctoral students belong to one of four PhD councils.  Each council is linked to faculty.

LTV Faculty - PhD student council - Alnarps studentkår (ASK)

NJ Faculty - PhD student council - Ultuna studentkår (ULS)

S Faculty - PhD student council - Skogshögskolans studentkår (SHS)

VH Faculty - PhD student council - Veterinärmedicinska föreningen (VMF)

These councils monitor the quality of the university's doctoral programmes. Read more about the PhD councils.

Time frame

Doctoral education normally comprises four years of full-time studies. However, it is quite common for doctoral students to teach at undergraduate level or have other duties at the department in parallel with the education. This means that it may take five years to complete the education.

Doctoral education

Doctoral education is independent and flexible. Your own responsibility is significant. Together with your supervisors you create an individual study plan at the start of the training. The plan specifies the work, and contains a time and financing plan.

Licentiate degree

You may also choose a doctoral education of two years, and this will lead to a licentiate degree. 

Employment as doctoral student

Examination

The examination is both written (the thesis) and oral (the public defence). The thesis is reviewed by a grading committee, which is also involved in the public defence. It is a public seminar, when an opponent discusses the dissertation content with you. When all the parts are approved, you will receive your doctoral degree and the title doctor.


Contact

Directors of studies at the LTV Faculty:

Helene Larsson Jönsson, Alnarp. Phone: 040-415370. 
Åsa Klintborg Ahlklo, Alnarp. Phone: 040-415421.

Directors of studies at the NJ Faculty:

Elisabet Lewan, Uppsala, Phone: 018-67 26 29
Petra Fransson, Uppsala, Phone: 018-67 18 64

Directors of studies at the S Faculty:

Göran Spong, Umeå. Phone: 0730-350641
Petra Fransson, Uppsala. Phone: 018-67 18 64

Director of studies at the VH Faculty:

Jan Hultgren, Skara. Phone: 0511-67103

 

General information on doctoral studies: Lotta HanssonLotta Jäderlund 

Page editor: lotta.jaderlund@slu.se