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Welcome to a high-class research environment

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.

Schedule of future courses / activities in the graduate school

Final Seminar

February 27, 2018

The Power of Methodology

February 2, 16 and 23 2018

Teaching and popular science presentation

April 10, 16 and 24; May 3

Final Seminar

June 2018

Scientific writing and review

September 2018

Research ethics, IPR and career planning

November, December, 2018


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»
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: F1050 - 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»
Örjan Johansson

Johansson, Örjan - Associate Professor

Organization: Engineering Acoustics, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491386
Room: F742 - Luleå»
SBN forskarskola 2017
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CENE Research School 2017

On June 1, 17 PhD students from different subjects within The Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering graduated from the Department's research school. After a year of different small courses, they presented their dissertation plan at a joint closing seminar.

In addition to its theme, they presented research questions and methods, time and publication plans, challenges, possible risks and ethical aspects of their work. After the presentation, it became "cross-examination" through a senior panel and the audience. In the evening the ending was celebrated with mingle, good food and drinks in the CENE Coffee room. In addition to his presentation, each doctoral student also made a poster about his project. A jury nominated the best poster made by Ingrid Silva. She got a nice price consisting of a practical conference set. The posters will remain outside the drawing room until the next round of new PhD students end the graduate school in late October.

Above: CENE PhD School Dec 1 2017 - Supervisor Meeting