FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. For more information about GTS courses, or if you have other comments, please send an e-mail to genericskills@chalmers.se.


1. How do I cancel my participation in the course?

2. When is the latest date that I can cancel  a course?

3. Why do GTS charge late cancellations and no shows?

4. Who do I contact when I have a question regarding GTS?

5. How soon after a course can I see my credits in Ladok?

6. What happens if I attend the General Introduction day for Doctoral students before I am a registered PhD?

7. Who can apply for the GTS courses?

8. How do I find the GTS venues?

9. How many credits in Generic and Transferable Skills (GTS) do I need to take?

10. Which GTS courses are mandatory?

11. Is it possible to exchange any of the courses listed in the GTS curriculum to a similar course I have taken earlier?

12. I am working outside Sweden and have difficulties to participate in the courses at the Johanneberg campus. Is it possible to account GTS-credits for other courses given by the university at my location?

13. When am I expected to make the popular science presentation?

14. I want to learn Swedish but don´t know where to go?

15. When the new course dates are published on the GTS webpage?


1. How do I cancel my participation in the course?

To cancel your seat please use cancellation link in your confirmation mail.


2. When is the latest date that I can cancel a course?

You need to cancel your seat no later than one week before the course starts. Contact genericskills@chalmers.se if you need to cancel later than one week prior to the course start. Cancellations later than one week prior to the course start will entail a fee of 1000 SEK. No shows will be fined with 1500 SEK.


3. Why do GTS charge late cancellations and no shows?

The GTS courses are dimensioned to meet the demands of doctoral students per semester. If we run with empty seats there will not be enough seats to cater to those needs. The consequence is a course with empty seats resulting in an inferior learning situation for the other participants and students excluded from participation.


4. Who do I contact when I have a question regarding GTS?

Find the GTS team and contact details here.


5 How soon after a course can I see my credits in Ladok?

It can take 2-8 weeks before you can see your credits in Ladok. There are many factors that influence when your credits will be available in Ladok. You should plan your courses so that you have an adequate space between the end date (or deadline for essay) and when you need your credits.


6. What happens if I attend the General Introduction day for Doctoral students before I am a registered PhD?

Please note that if you attend the course prior to being formally admitted as a PhD in Ladok the GTS student administrator cannot register your attendance. It is then your responsibility to notify the GTS team as soon as you are admitted as a PhD, so that your attendance can be registered in arrears yet as soon as possible after your attendance. If unsure whether you are admitted in Ladok or not yet, please check with your own department’s student administrator in first instance.


7. Who can apply for the GTS courses?

The courses within the GTS program are primarily aimed at the Chalmers PhD students. In case of available seats we accept applications from the following categories in order of priority:
• Doctoral students from other universities with a supervisor or examiner at Chalmers.
• Post-docs at Chalmers
• Doctoral student from other universities with no connection to Chalmers
• Other internal personnel


8. How do I find the GTS venues?

See here for information about premises where the courses take place.


9. How many credits in Generic and Transferable Skills (GTS) do I need to take?

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), Sustainable development: values, technology in society, and the researcher (GFOK105) and the General Introduction for Doctoral Students (GFOK015) 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.

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.


10. Which GTS courses are mandatory?

• Career Planning - Your Personal Leadership GFOK010 • 1,5 HEC
• Teaching, Learning and Evaluation GFOK020 • 3 HEC
• Sustainable Development: Values, Technology in Society, and the Researcher GFOK105 • 3 HEC


11. Is it possible to exchange any of the courses listed in the GTS curriculum to a similar course I have taken earlier?

Your study director will advise you in this matter as it varies between different graduate schools.


12. I am working outside Sweden and have difficulties to participate in the courses at the Johanneberg campus. Is it possible to account GTS-credits for other courses given by the university at my location?

You, study director, supervisor and Deputy Head of Department should discuss and agree upon your study plan including the eventual replacement of the listed GTS course prospectus with courses from the local university that have similar learning outcomes. 


13. When am I expected to make the popular science presentation?

You should at least have past halftime of your PhD studies, corresponding to the time you normally would have your Licentiate examination approved. The presentation is a possibility to market yourself for a future employer and make yourself visible for other social groups – don´t waist it, at this occasion we will put effort in marketing you and your research.


14. I want to learn Swedish but don´t know where to go?

Please see the following link Swedish course. The course is free of charge for PhD students and young researchers who stay in Sweden for at least one year.


15. When the new course dates are published on the GTS webpage?

According to the GTS working routines the dates for the upcoming courses of the following semester are published during first week in March and first week in October respectively.


Published: Thu 09 Jun 2016. Modified: Thu 09 Aug 2018