Physics is one of the first research subjects for doctoral studies at Karlstad University. The first dissertation in physics took place in 2012. Since then, about twenty doctors in physics have graduated. Today, the physics group is active in many research projects in materials physics, theoretical physics and physics didactics and has a wide national and international network of collaborators.
Doctoral studies, or PhD studies, are suitable for those wanting to acquire cutting-edge competence within a particular area and wanting to make a professional career within industry or the public sector or in academic research.
Doctoral degrees are awarded for studies totalling 240 ECTS credits - four years´ full-time studies. After half this time, the education can lead to a licentiate degree.
The education consists of a number of courses and a PhD thesis, summarizing the doctoral student’s individual research project. The research project aims to generate new knowledge in a scientifically interesting subject. The education also means that the postgraduate student gains in-depth knowledge in the subject, gets training in critical thinking and the ability to identify researchable problems.
In order to be admitted as a graduate student, the applicant needs to meet the prerequisite requirements in physics, as stated in the syllabus for postgraduate studies in physics, and have the necessary skills to complete the education. You can find the syllabus here. Vacant Ph.D. student positions are advertised on kau.se.