Doctoral programme - content and prerequisites

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.

Planning and follow-up

Although the doctoral education is an individual education, and the planning of the education is done individually, each doctoral student undergoes the same compulsory follow-up steps. A doctoral student follows his or her general study plan for the subject and, together with the supervisor, plans his or her education using the individual study plan (ISP). Every year there is an annual follow-up, in the middle of the course there is a midway follow-up and the doctoral students who write a monograph thesis also have a final seminar.

Read more about planning and follow-up of doctoral education.


Doctoral courses

A doctoral student participates in both subject courses (to deepen their knowledge in the dissertation subject) and basic courses (to develop general skills such as leadership, writing or presentation techniques).

Read more about the rules that apply and the courses that SLU offers.


Rights and obligations

Knowing which rights and obligations that apply to doctoral education provides the prerequisites for a good collaboration between doctoral student and supervisor, and a successful education process.

Read more about the rights and obligations of doctoral students and supervisors.


If education does not work? Advice and support

Sometimes problems arise that cannot always be solved by the department, and then a contact with the doctoral ombudsman can be helpful. SLU's guidelines for postgraduate education provide clear rules for what to do if something goes wrong.

Read more about what happens when serious deficiencies in doctoral education are discovered.

Guidelines and forms