About GTS

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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).

15 HEC of the GTS curriculum is mandatory, thereof 9 HEC shall be finalized before the licentiate degree.

The courses Teaching, Learning & Evaluation (GFOK020), Career Planning (GFOK010) and Sustainable development: values, technology in society, and the researcher (GFOK105)  must be part of the 9 HEC taken before the licentiate. 

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.

Note: Research Ethics & Sustainable Development (GFOK025) as from  1 January 2018 is discontinued and replaced by GFOK105. 

Published: Thu 09 Jun 2016. Modified: Thu 22 Feb 2018