Postgraduate studies at IEA
Through postgraduate studies you get an opportunity to broaden
your skills and at the same time specialize in an area of
personal interest. You learn to formulate and solve new problems
using the latest technology. This is done in a creative environment,
including international contacts and travel abroad. Teaching
and presentations of your research at conferences and in journals
will improve your communication skills. Altogether, this makes
you more attractive in industry as well as in academia. Hopefully
you also find it personally stimulating, developing and fun.
The formal requirement for admission as a postgraduate student
to IEA is a Bachelor's degree, but a Master's degree or equivalent
is recommended. The student must have obtained the degree
from a recognised university, and must have completed an independent
project of at least 20 weeks' duration. Specialization in
subjects relevant to the IEA profile is highly recommended.
In general, a person accepted as a postgraduate student is
awarded a postgraduate position. A PhD degree is expected
after four years of full-time studies, but with 20 % of the
time spent on teaching or other work assigned by IEA this
gives a total study time of maximum five years.
When being accepted for postgraduate studies, the student
is assigned an examiner and a supervisor at IEA. A study plan
is established, defining the subject and scope of the work
and a timetable for completion.
In general, the three main activities of postgraduate education
- research and
The distribution among these usually shift during the studies.
In the beginning much time is spent on courses, while at the
end research takes up most of the time. The courses can be
special postgraduate courses or advanced undergraduate courses.
Teaching or other work assigned by IEA is allowed to take
up to 20 % of the total time. If possible, the teaching assignments
are given in subjects relevant to the research.
Two university degrees can be attained: PhD in Engineering
and Licentiate in Engineering.
PhD in Engineering is called "Teknisk Doktor" in Swedish.
The requirements for this degree are courses corresponding
to 50 credits (weeks of full-time studies) and thesis work
corresponding to 110 credits. The thesis work should be original
and its quality should meet high international scientific
standards. The thesis can be a monograph or a collection of
articles supplemented by a summary. The PhD thesis has to
be approved by an examination committee after it has been
defended at a public viva ("disputation" in Swedish).
Licentiate in Engineering is called "Teknisk Licentiat" in
Swedish. It is an intermediate degree between Master of Science
and PhD. The requirements are courses corresponding to 30
credits and thesis work corresponding to 50 credits. The quality
of the thesis work should be comparable to that of an international
refereed journal. The thesis is approved by the IEA examiner.
The thesis work is presented at a public seminar, where an
external examiner assesses the value of the work. The Licentiate
in Engineering degree is compulsory at IEA and gives a salary
If you are interested in postgraduate studies at IEA, please
contact associate professor Ulf Jeppsson or professor Mats Alaküla.
Information in Swedish about postgraduate studies at LTH http://www.lth.se/FFI/FU_s.html
Handbook for postgraduate studies at LTH (in Swedish) http://www.lth.se/FFI/fushb/fushb2000.html
Open postgraduate positions at LTH
Students union for postgraduate students "Doktorandkåren" http://www.tlth.lth.se/~dokt/
Extensive information about postgraduate studies in general
is found at (in Swedish) http://www.doktorandhandboken.nu