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PhD Handbook

Research is fun! Doctoral studies are a time of creativity, development and freedom. Yet like all other forms of education and employment, doing a PhD also involves duties and rights. What should you do if you get stuck in your research or have problems with your supervisor(s)? What conditions apply if you have a child and wish to take parental leave, or if you are ill?

The following handbook has been written to inform you on a wide range of issues. Our aim has been to compile information that is applicable across the entire university. Beyond such general information, each individual faculty and department has their own specific rules and guidelines, information about which you can seek from both the faculties and departments themselves and the PhD student committees at faculty level, fakultetsdoktorandråd.

The handbook has been written by Sofia Cassel, Maria Hammond and Andreas Rydberg. Chris Haffenden has translated the text for the English version. To a large degree, the text is based upon Christina Borg and co-author’s ”Att doktorera – rättigheter och nyttigheter” (2005), with parts of the text here taken directly from this earlier guide. The Doctoral Board, doktorandnämnden, has also provided valuable advice in the preparation of the guide.

Our hope is that this guide will give PhD students a clear picture of their rights and duties, along with a host of other useful bits of information. We really hope that this will help enable you to enjoy all the many positive things that doctoral studies have to offer you as a research student.