Signals and Systems

​The graduate school is organised within the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Director of Graduate Studies: Jonas Fredriksson

Syllabus

 

(approved by the Pro-Vice-President on 20 December 2005. Ref. nr. C2005/1363)
(revised 14 August 2007)
(revised 11 October 2013)
 

Subject Matter and Goals

The aim of the Graduate Research School in Signals and Systems is to give the student a fundamental understanding of the applications, theories, models and systematic treatment of signals and systems in a broad sense. A thorough understanding of current research issues and practical applications, with in-depth insight into specific fields, together with skills in research methodology, aim to make the finished researcher a valuable resource for industry and academia.
 
The licentiate program aims to make the student capable of independent participation in research and development work.
 
The PhD program aims to make the student capable of critically and independently planning, directing, carrying out, and presenting work in research and development.

1 Prerequisite Qualifications and Knowledge

Qualification for admission to the Graduate Research School in Signals and Systems is a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or in a related subject ("civilingenjörsexamen" or "fil kand" in Sweden). Equivalent knowledge acquired by other means may also count as qualification.
Students with an exam from the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences or equivalent can be admitted to the Graduate Research School in Signals and Systems. Such applicants may be tested for the qualifications required.

2 Organization and Structure

The Graduate Research School in Signals and Systems graduates students in two steps, the Licentiate and the PhD degrees. The extent of the graduate work is measured according to a credit system, where 1,5 credits correspond to one week full-time work. The Licentiate degree comprises 120 higher education credits in total, and the PhD degree 240 higher education credits. This corresponds to 2 years and 4 years respectively of full time studies. The PhD degree can be achieved without a preceding Licentiate degree. The Vice Dean of the Graduate Research School in Signals and Systems grants this exception.

Both degrees involve:
  • preparatory courses (if necessary);
  • obligatory courses;
  • general courses;
  • individual studies;
  • participation in seminars and guest lectures;
  • research or development leading to a scientific dissertation.
Teaching is by supervision, lectures, and seminars. The student participates in scientific activities through attendance at seminars and guest lectures even if these are not directly related to any part of the formal course requirements. Each Graduate Research School student must present the results of his or her research at least once a year at a seminar. In addition, participation in S2's annual workshop is compulsory.

3 Specializations

The subject of the Graduate Education is Signals and Systems, possibly with one of the following specializations.
  • Antennas
  • Automatic Control
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Communication Systems

4 Courses

The graduate student selects, in consultation with the Examiner and the Main Supervisor, an appropriate combination of courses. Both depth and breadth of the education should be considered.

4.1 Preparatory Courses

Students coming from disciplines not directly related to the topic of Graduate Research may need preparatory courses. Typically these courses are higher year master courses. The Examiner and the Main Supervisor decide, together with the student, on these courses.

4.2 Mandatory Courses for all Chalmers Graduate Students

Doctoral students admitted after September 1, 2012, are required to take 15 higher education credits from the area of Generic and Transferable Skills during their graduate studies. Of these, 9 credits are mandatory for the licentiate degree, and another 6 credits for the PhD degree.

In addition to the courses within Generic and Transferable Skills, the student is also required to participate in the introduction day for doctoral students (before the licentiate examination, at latest). Further requirements are an oral popular science presentation to be performed prior to the PhD thesis defence and a written popular science presentation to be published on the back of the PhD thesis.
 
More information:
The higher education credits count as part of the total course credits, as defined below. Exemption is granted by Chalmers’ Pro-Rector. For students that are also part of another graduate research school, that school's obligatory courses count as part of the graduate research students’ total course credits.

4.3 General Courses

The Department of Signals and Systems regularly gives a number of general courses according to a schedule available at the department’s web-site.

4.4 Individual Studies

The student, in discussion with the Supervisor Group (see Section 7), determines individual study courses. Graduate courses offered by other departments (at Chalmers and other Universities) may be included provided that they cover topics relevant to the students research profile. Undergraduate courses can also be included, even courses taken before admission to the research school, and these can be counted as part of the total course credits provided that at least grade 4 have been achieved.

4.5 Course Requirements

A Licentiate degree requires minimum 30 higher education credits obtained through courses. A PhD degree requires minimum 60 higher education credits obtained through courses. These requirements include the obligatory courses. The requirements can be raised by the Supervisor Group. The Vice Dean of the Graduate Research School grants exemption in special cases.

5 Dissertation

For graduation it is required that the student authors an independent treatise. This can be either a monograph or a collection of papers; the latter is recommended. Both types of treatise should be based on one or more scientific papers, of which the lions share have been presented at international conferences and/or published in international scientific journals.

5.1 Licentiate Thesis

For the Licentiate degree, the student must carry out independent work, write a thesis describing this work, and present the thesis at a public and publicly announced seminar. The thesis is graded by the students's Examiner as Passed or Not Passed. Chalmers "Handbook for Graduate Students" describe the rules and procedures for the Licentiate degree examination.

5.2 Doctoral Dissertation

For the PhD degree the student must write a scientific (doctoral) dissertation, and defend it at a public and publicly announced disputation. The dissertation is by the Graduation Committee graded Passed or Not Passed. The grade takes into account the content as well as the defense of the dissertation. Chalmers "Handbook for Graduate Students" describe the rules and procedures for the PhD disputation.

6 Requirements for the Degree

The requirements for the respective degrees are divided into a course part and a part for the treatise work.

6.1 Licentiate Degree

The requirements for the licentiate degree comprise 120 higher education credits, of which minimum 30 higher education credits are acquired in courses and maximum 90 higher education credits in the licentiate thesis.

6.2 Doctoral Degree

The requirements for the doctoral degree comprise 140 higher education credits, of which minimum 60 higher education credits are acquired in courses and maximum 180 higher education credits in the Ph.D. thesis.

7 Supervision

Each Graduate Research School student is entitled to supervision; full time students to four years of supervision for the doctoral degree, and two years for the licentiate degree. Part time students obtain the same amount distributed over a proportionally longer time period.
 
When admitted the student is assigned Supervisor Group, consisting of an Examiner, a Main Supervisor, an Assisting Supervisor and suitably an additional person external to the research group, preferably external to Chalmers. The Examiner and the Main Supervisor may be the same person. A student can under special circumstances be granted change of supervisor.
 
The Examiner, the supervisors and the student, together determine the individual study courses and develop an individual study plan for the student's path of education. This plan is signed and presented to the Vice Dean of the Graduate Research School. The supervisors and the student meet regularly to follow up the research work and the course studies.
 
The Supervisor Group together with the Vice Dean of the Graduate Research School meet at least once per year to discuss progress towards the degree. After each such meeting, an the individual study plan is updated, signed and presented to the Vice Dean of the Graduate Research School.

8 Examination

Courses are examined in suitable forms, usually written and/or oral examinations, or seminar presentations. The number of course credits is formally decided by the students Examiner on suggestion from the course examiner. The Licentiate thesis is graded by the Examiner. A PhD thesis is graded by the Graduation Committee, especially appointed for the thesis defence. The grades Passed and Not Passed are used.

9 Further Directives

The student must present his or her study results and future plans regularly. The Vice Dean of the Graduate Research School regularly follows up on the individual study plans.

Published: Wed 15 Jan 2020.