Briefly, doctoral studies at Chalmers imply that you shall pursue research projects and read postgraduate courses that together with teaching or other work at an department lead to a doctoral degree, often with a licentiate degree as the intermediate goal. Documentation of your research is normally done by publishing scientific articles in respected journals or at conferences (with review). The articles are then compiled together with a summary in a compilation thesis. Theses composed of a single inter-related scientific work, known as a monograph, are also found. You have continuous supervision by experienced researchers within your field of research.
Doctoral studies up to a doctoral degree represent four years' full-time studies (240 higher-education (HE) credits, where 1.5 credits represent one week of full-time studies). The licentiate degree is often an intermediate goal and is taken about halfway through the study period. Taking a degree sometimes implies demanding and challenging work, but is also felt to be a free and independent way of working with many stimulating issues and questions.
In addition to your research task and the course element of your doctoral studies, you will also teach and work at a department in order to develop your pedagogical and communicative skills, which is an important part of your personal development during your time as a doctoral student. Teaching and working at a department for doctoral students who have full-time employment can represent up to 20 percent of your working time. Your time as doctoral student at Chalmers will therefore normally embrace five years up to the doctoral degree.