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PhD education

There are more than 150 PhD students at the department of engineering sciences, the Ångström Laboratory. Each PhD student belongs to one of the many research divisions at the department. The PhD studies follows a study plan which has three parts: the general faculty study plan , the study plan for each research subject/specialization , and the individual study plan.


Getting a position as PhD student at the department is a two-step process. First apply to an open PhD position, secondly (after getting the position) apply to be admitted to the research education, i.e:

1. Check at the University homepage or other advertisements for open positions and follow the instructions in the advertisement. Alternatively, directly contact the professor of the subject of interest and check if there is an open position.

2. Once being accepted to a position apply to be admitted to the actual research education following the instructions below.

Complete applications for the research education should be sent to the director of post-graduate studies at the department (prof. Jörgen Olsson) no later than two weeks before the department Admission meeting. Due dates for applications for the first half of year 2015 Jan 1, Feb 9, March 24, May 11, and June 1. Complete applications shall include:

  • Cover page
  • Application form (signed by applicant)
  • Individual study plan (signed by applicant, supervisors and responsible professor)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Attested copies of diplomas, transcript of records, and other relevant documents
  • For industry PhD students: contract between department and company (template|template in Swedish). This contract has to be approved by the Legal Affairs Division at the Uppsala Univeristy
  • For PhD student employed at another university: contract between department and other university (template|template in Swedish)

Applicants graduated at a foreign university shall normally also include:

  • The official evaluation of diploma by the national Agency for Higher Education
  • Letter of recommendation from a recognised university
  • Statement of special qualifications for the desired specialization
  • Statement of language skills

PhD Courses

All PhD students has to read courses as part of their education. The amount of courses varies between different subjects/specializations. The following cources are mandatory or strongly recommended:

Available courses (not complete):

Open positions

Candidates should contact the responsible professor for the subject/specialization of interest (see information). Open positions are also announced at the University website about Job advertisments.

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