About GTS


Doctoral students at Chalmers have access to a cross-cultural learning environment, interdisciplinary graduate schools, scientific conferences in Sweden and abroad and an international environment where they can carry out their research in contact with other research groups and trained supervisors. Chalmers strives to increase the mobility of doctoral students between universities and non-academic organisations.
However, research in science and technology is becoming increasingly complex. As a consequence, the requirements for new knowledge and competence of researchers are driven by demands for multidisciplinary solutions and needs to understand a variety of viewpoints. The professional skills to cooperate across disciplines and social communities become more important. The personal skills in the fields of communication, interpersonal relations, networking, leadership, entrepreneurship become highly valuable elements for a successful career development.

To meet the new demands in the field of personal and professional development, Chalmers has designed a programme of activities and courses for doctoral students and young scientists in Generic and Transferable Skills development (GTS).

For doctoral students enrolled after 1 September 2012:

15 hec of the GTS curriculum is mandatory. 9 hec shall be finalized before the licentiate degree.

Note: The courses Teaching, Learning & Evaluation (GFOK020), Career Planning (GFOK010) and Research Ethics & Sustainable Development (GFOK025) must be part of the 9 HEC taken before the licentiate. Research Ethics & Sustainable Development (GFOK025) can be replaced by the new GTS course Sustainable development: values, technology in society, and the researcher (GFOK105). The doctoral student shall also give an oral popular science presentation and write a popular science summary to be published at the backside of their thesis before publicly defending their doctoral thesis.

For doctoral students enrolled before 1 September 2012:

The course Teaching, Learning & Evaluation plus one course in ethics or sustainable development are mandatory.

Note: In the fall of 2012, the two courses in ethics and one course in sustainable development were replaced by the course Research Ethics & Sustainable Development.

Published: Thu 09 Jun 2016. Modified: Thu 31 Aug 2017