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Information to PhD students

Admissions

Admissions normally take place when specific calls for applications for available doctoral studentships have been announced. Rules and regulations concerning doctoral studies and admission to doctoral studies, respectively, can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance, chapters 6 and 7: excerpts HEO 2010 and also in Rules and Regulations for Postgraduate Studies at the University of Gothenburg – and Rules and Regulations for Admissions at the University of Gothenburg (in Swedish only).

The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts has a specific governing document dealing with its Admissions Process:
Rules and Regulations for Doctoral Admissions (available in English shortly)

GU Card

The GU card is a campus card for students and employees with multiple functions such as access card, library card ad student discounts all in the same card. See GU Card. The GU card you get, after ordering it at "yor page" in Medarbetarportalen, at one of the University's Service Center.

As a doctoral student you get the card marked both as student and staff, and you get the Mecenat symbol on it. With the Mecenat symbol on your card it does mean that you can get a number of discounts such as discounts on Swedish Rail (Statens Järnvägar) if you study 75% of full time or more (make sure you have Swedish Rail’s logotype on your card; if you have a train ticket entitling you to a student discount and don’t have this logotype, this can cause you problems, and if the worst comes to the worst, you may risk paying a large fine).

Public Defence of Doctoral Dissertations

Public defences must take place during term time (from 15th August to 20th June). The principal supervisor must apply in writing to the Faculty Office at least two months before the defence is to take place; in this application proposals of names of the chairperson, the external examiner, the examining committee and the date and location of the public defence should be submitted. A special form for applying for a public defence can be found here:

Applying for a public defence

This application should include details of what elements of artistic production may be a part the public defence.

Specific instructions for public defence procedures can be found here:

Guidelines for an external PhD opponent

Handbook for Doctoral (Third cycle) Students

In the Handbook for Doctoral Students issued by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education you will find rules and regulations for how doctoral studies are organised and also information about problems that may arise and the support you can receive. In order for this handbook to be updated on a continual basis, and this applies to both rules and regulations, other information and so as to ensure that all links are up to date, this handbook is available on the web only.
See
Handbook for Postgraduate Students  in English

Web portal: Doctoral Student at the University of Gothenburg

Doctoral students at the University of Gothenburg can find information that applies to all of its research students on the university’s web portal: Doctoral Student at the University of Gothenburg

Electronic publishing

The University Library supplies the University of Gothenburg with two data bases for the publication of scientific texts.
GUP - Gothenburg University Publications
This data base contains references to material published by authors at the University of Gothenburg.
GUPEA - Gothenburg University Publications - Electronic Archive
A data base for electronic publishing of entire dissertations and other artistic and /or scientific publications published by authors at the University of Gothenburg. A special contract must be signed where the author takes responsibility for the copyright of any pictures etc. included in the dissertation.
Link to the University Library’s web page about electronic publishing

The issuing of a doctoral degree

After the public defence and after all course requirements have been met, doctoral students must apply to the University of Gothenburg for their degrees to be granted.

Rules and regulations

Rules and regulations concerning doctoral studies and admission to doctoral studies, respectively, can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance, chapters 6 and 7.

Doctoral studies at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts lead to a Doctor of Philosophy or, alternatively, a Doctor of the Arts, through the submission of a doctoral dissertation (for the degree of Doctor of the Arts in the form of a documented artistic research project).

The Faculty's own Rules for the Doctoral Education

Courses within the doctoral programme include regular (organised) courses as well as individualised courses drawn up by the principal supervisor together with the doctoral student. The Faculty’s Doctoral School (Research School of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts) offers cross-faculty courses that are oriented towards general theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills. Although none of the courses offered by the Faculty are compulsory, a minimum of 30 HECs in courses of this kind are required.

Other seminar environments are subject-specific or formed through interdisciplinary cluster groups.

Each doctoral subject has its own syllabus, decided upon by the Faculty Board, in which the specific goals, entry requirements and content of the subject are described (see Subject areas).

Extension of period of studies

Leave of absence based on a doctoral student wishing to extend his or her period of studies normally leads to an extension of his/her period of studies (and employment) being extended by the equivalent number of days. Illness, parental leave and commissions of trust can be counted here. The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts follows the University of Gothenburg’s rules and regulations for extension of one’s period of studies based on commissions of trust (only in Swedish):GUs riktlinjer

Extension of one’s period of studies is regulated before the final year of one’s studies ( Please make a note of all the meetings you attend and all the assignments you undertake during the commission of trust, and save all the information). 

Individual study plan (ISP)

After having been accepted onto the doctoral programme, a doctoral student must draw up a study plan for the studies together with the supervisors, to be updated at least once a year. An up-to-date plan, electronically signed by the doctoral student, the supervisor, the examiner and the head of department must always be available.
Univerity of Gothenburg are using an electronic ISP system, see HERE

Registration of courses and activities in the student registry (LADOK)

Ladok registration is done by Jenny Hedlund (HSM), Carina Kauppi (HDK and Anna Frisk (Valand Academy).

You can always see what is reported in Ladok via Ladok online

Courses in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The University of Gothenburg offers its teaching staff and doctoral students courses in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, see Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning Unit (PIL).

A decision has been made by the Faculty Board that courses in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education are to be carried out within the framework of a doctoral student's departmental duties at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, and not constitute a part of a programme that is awarded credits.

The Heads of Departments at the Faculty's three departments have also agreed to the courses in teaching and learning in higher education being carried out as a part of departmental duties, that is, within the framework of a doctoral studentship (with the same level of pay) and that they entitle doctoral students to an extension of 15 working days per course.

If you have any questions regarding courses in teaching and learning in higher education, please contact the Director of Studies at respective department.

Students’ Union

Being a member of a students’ union is not compulsory. 

Doctoral students at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts are given the chance to belong to the ArtUnion and this is who you pay your union fee to.

KonstKåren (ArtUnion)
Götabergsgatan 17, 411 34 Göteborg
tel: 031-708 44 40  fax: 031-16 44 75
email: ordforande@konstkaren.gu.se
web site: www.konstkaren.gu.se

Doctoral students studying at the Centre for Educational Science and Teacher Research (CUL) can be members of Göta students’ union.

You can also find lots of information about the University of Gothenburg’s students’ unions at GFS Student Service

Notification of the date of the public defence

The complete doctoral dissertation must be approved of by the Dean before the date of the public defence may be notified to the public. The doctoral student then goes to the main administrative centre at the University of Gothenburg in ‘Vasaparken’ where he/she is assisted by the staff at the reception desk there to “nail” the date of the public defence onto the notice board. This is a Swedish tradition called ‘spika’ and should be carried out three weeks before the public defence, at the latest. 

Page Manager: Anna Frisk|Last update: 9/12/2016
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