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 .



What should I do to cancel my participation in the course?

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

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

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?

When am I expected to make the mandatory popular presentation that is part of the GTS training?

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

When new dates are published on the GTS webpage?

Mandatory GTS courses in ethics and sustainable development – How to choose?


Q: What should I do to cancel my participation in the course?

A: If you are unable to attend the course as required due to changes of your schedule or sickness, you need to inform the course coordinator by e-mail. The contact information to the coordinator you find at the bottom of the invitation. We kindly ask you to do that as early as possible.
Cancellation less than one week before the start of the course means that you will have to re-apply to the course in an ordinary manner. Your Deputy Head of Department will be informed to support your future planning.
The (above) cancellation working routine strives to raise the awareness of the importance to unregister to courses in due time, when unable to participate regardless of the reason.
The goal of this procedure is also to facilitate the administration of the GTS-courses. The course administration puts a lot of effort to make sure that all courses are filled with participants, to ensure cost effectiveness and to give participants the best possible learning environment.
Unfortunately, it has been shown that there are students who forget to unregister. When the time is too short between the cancellation and the start of the course, no room is left for the administrator to find a replacer. The consequence is a waste of money, an inferior learning situation for the other participants and students excluded from participation that could have been part of the course. This situation is not acceptable and should be avoided, however we are aware of that sometimes it is impossible to foresee.


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

A: 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 Sustainable development: values, technology in society, and the researcher (GFOK105) OR Research Ethics & Sustainable Development (GFOK025) 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.


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

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


Q: 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?

A: 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. 


Q: When am I expected to make the mandatory popular presentation that is part of the GTS training?

A: 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.


Q: I want to learn Swedish but don´t know where to go?

A: 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.


Q: When new dates are published on the GTS webpage?

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


Q: Mandatory GTS courses in ethics and sustainable development – How to choose?

A: One course worth 3 credits in ethics and sustainable development is mandatory within the GTS program. You can choose either Research Ethics & Sustainable Development (GFOK025) or Sustainable development: values, technology in society, and the researcher (GFOK105) as the mandatory GTS course in ethics.  They have slightly different profiles, one leaning more towards ethical issues you may come across in your working life regarding sustainability and the other more towards research ethics. Do you feel uncertain which one to choose? Feedback from earlier participants is to be found under Evaluations and the content of the course is described on the GTS portal or talk to the teachers. Your study plan is always to be agreed with you supervisor and director of studies.

Published: Thu 09 Jun 2016. Modified: Mon 19 Sep 2016