We also have a history of welcoming PhD students working at the division, but doing their PhD at another university or in another specialisation. In those cases, their PhD studies are regulated by the rules regarding PhD studies of their respective home department. Contact us directly if you have any questions about this.
Openings for positions as PhD students are rare, but when they exist, we publish them on the homepage and in other appropriate places. Typically, PhD students get their financing from some bigger projects, and they have sometimes been involved in writing the application for the project themselves. Often, people interested in PhD studies start working at the division within one or several projects and then later become formally active as PhD students.
If you are interested in becoming a PhD student, you can contact one of the main supervisors listed below and have a look at ongoing research projects described elsewhere on this homepage.
General information regarding PhD studies in Sweden can be found in Doktorandhandboken: http://www.doktorandhandboken.nu/
Infrastructure with a specialisation in Environmental Strategic Analysis
In English, the title of the degree is “PhD in Infrastructure with a specialisation in Environmental Strategic Analysis”. In Swedish the default name of the degree is “Teknologie doktor i Infrastruktur med inriktning mot Miljöstrategisk analys”. In certain cases the Swedish title can be “Fil. Dr.” instead of “Tekn. Dr.”
Formalities regarding admission to PhD studies can be found here: http://www.kth.se/abe/utbildning/foutb/Antagning. Note that an Individual study plan (see below) must be completed before you can be accepted.
PhD studies at KTH are regulated according to the KTH handbook http://intra.kth.se/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/forskarutbildning. Reading this document can be worthwhile since it contains much information about formalities regarding course credits, supervisors etc.
Two parts that are particularly important to get acquainted with are:
“Studieplan för ämnet” – Study plan for the subject (”Infrastructure with a specialisation in Environmental Strategic Analysis”). This can be found at: www.kth.se/abe/utbildning/foutb/Subjects. The “Studieplan för ämnet” regulates e.g. the compulsory courses and the number of course credits needed for a licentiate and for a PhD thesis. Note that the existing (January 2010) study plan still includes old credits. Therefore, all statements in that document regarding credits must be multiplied by 1.5. One year of studies corresponded to 40 credits in the old system. With the new system you get 60 credits per year.
“Individuell studieplan”. The individual study plan must include a time plan for the PhD student’s work, statements regarding how supervision is organised and undertakings from both the PhD student and the faculty. It must be reviewed at least once a year and signed by the PhD student, the main supervisor and the Director of PhD studies (“Forskarutbildningsansvarige”) of the ABE School. All PhD students and supervisors are strongly recommended actively to use the individual study plan. The plan can be an important tool for the PhD student to get a clear outline in print of how supervision is to be organised, what conferences the PhD student is to attend, or who will be the main author, co-author etc. of planned papers.
Compulsory courses for PhD students in Environmental Strategic Analysis are:
Vetenskapsteori och/eller forskningsmetodik 7.5, alternativt 7.5 + 7.5
Miljöstrategiska metoder 7.5
Other PhD courses given at the Division of Environmental Strategies Research – fms can be found elsewhere on the fms homepage.
All PhD courses given at the Department of urban planning and environment can be found at: http://www.kth.se/utbildning/forskarutbildning/kurser/avdelning/AG
If you want to search for PhD courses at KTH you can search in the course catalogue at: http://www.kth.se/utbildning/forskarutbildning/kurser/sok
PhD courses at Karolinska Institutet can be found here »
PhD courses at Stockholm University can be found here »
A list of courses taken by PhD students at fms is published at Bilda as a service to PhD students.
Preparing for the End
Important information regarding e.g. what needs to be done, and when, to prepare for disputation and licputation can be found here:
For Licentiate: http://www.kth.se/abe/utbildning/foutb/licentitatseminarium
For PhD: http://www.kth.se/abe/utbildning/foutb/disputation
For the moment, spring 2010, the following researchers are qualified as main supervisors at fms:
Associate Professor Anna Björklund anna.bjorklund(a)abe.kth.se
Professor Göran Finnveden goran.finnveden(a)abe.kth.se
Associate Professor Mattias Höjer hojer(a)kth.se
Associate Professor Måns Nilsson mans.nilsson(a)sei.se
Professor Örjan Svane orjan.svane(a)abe.kth.se
All PhD students also have at least one co-supervisor. The co-supervisors are often senior staff from the division.
The formal role of the supervisor is described here »
PhD student at KTH
As a PhD student you are a member of THS (Tekniska högskolans studentkår), the student union, and the PhD chapter of THS. As a member of THS you are for example entitled to a number of discounts, see »
Read more about your rights as a PhD student at http://www.doktorandsektionen.se/site/
Contacts and responsibilities
Mattias Höjer is responsible for PhD studies at fms. General questions regarding postgraduate studies at fms can be asked to him: hojer(a)kth.se. This may be e.g. issues regarding course contents, supervision or the like.
Amanda Stråle is administering the PhD studies at the Department, and works as a “forskarutbildningsadministratör”. Questions regarding the administrative parts of the PhD studies can be asked to Amanda. She will for example help with formalities regarding admission, the individual study plan and certificates for courses to be given credit for. She also takes care of the formal documents when finalising your licentiate or PhD.
Amanda’s e-mail is: astrale(a)kth.se
Göran Finnveden is responsible for the specialisation in Environmental Strategic Analysis. This includes responsibility for the formal requirements of the thesis.
The Director of PhD studies (“Forskarutbildningsansvarig, FA”) at the ABE school is Sven Ove Hansson. FA takes a number of formal decisions. For instance he approves the study plan, and appoints both the supervisor and opponent at the final seminar.
PhD students are represented in a number of different KTH fora. Here is a list of representatives »
Currently (January 2010), the following PhD students work at fms:
Ulrika Gunnarsson Östling