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Doctoral studies, or third cycle studies (TCS), usually take four to five year to render a Doctoral thesis and a PhD degree. The studies are individually conducted by the student in close collaboration with a principal supervisor and at least one assistant supervisor and the success depends largely on the student.

During the studies, the student has to attain knowledge and skills by (among others) the active participation in and successful completion of courses and by conducting own research, both individually and in collaboration with other researchers. For both courses and research, each research subject at LTU has formulated a syllabus, which determines the TCS framework based on the Swedish Higher Educational Ordinance (HEO). Learning goals explicitly mentioned in the HEO are interpreted and implemented in the individual study plan (ISP) of the student.

The dependency on the involved individuals on each other, the balance between course and research work, and the uncertainties of the success of a research project result in a number of risks. However, the risk of failure is minimized if the student is well prepared, equipped with appropriate knowledge and relevant tools to conduct the studies. Working focussed and with correct tools and methods right from the start, is essential to achieve the goals of the studies on time.

Apart from the dialogue with the supervisor(s), exchanging experience with other PhD students is an important means to understand how things work, to discuss all types of questions and to avoid pitfalls. The school will help to become connected with other PhD students at CENE department that are on the same level.

The introduction school aims at providing admitted PhD students with important knowledge, methods and tools to succeed in third cycle study.

CENE Research School 2018
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CENE Research School 2018

Published: 28 February 2018

On February 27, six PhD students from different research subjects within CENE graduated from the department's research school. After a year of different small courses, they presented their plans for dissertation work at a joint seminar.

In addition to the research area, the PhD students presented their research questions and methods, time and publication plans, challenges, possible risks and ethical aspects of their work. After the presentation, "cross-examination" the doctoral students of a senior panel and the audience.

Winner Musah Salifu - CENE Research School 2018.  Photo: Richard Renberg
Winner Musah Salifu - CENE Research School 2018. Photo: Richard Renberg

"After the presentations a "cross-examination" of the PhD students was held by a senior panel and the audience," says Thomas Olofsson, Professor in Construction Management and Building Technology.

The day ended with poster presentation and coffee. A jury nominated the best records made by Musah Salifu, Division of Geosciences and Environmental Engineering. The posts are displayed in the F200 corridor.

Thomas Olofsson

Olofsson, Thomas - Professor

Organization: Construction Management and Building Technology , Industrialized and sustainable construction, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 493662
Room: F946 - Luleå»
Annelie Hedström

Hedström, Annelie - Associate Professor

Organization: Urban Water Engineering, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 492309
Room: F1104 - Luleå»
Lale Andreas

Andreas, Lale - Associate Professor

Organization: Waste Science and Technology, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 492262
Room: F664N - Luleå»