A Degree of Doctor comprises 240 higher education credits. The scope of the courses may vary between 60 and 120 higher education credits and the scientific work between 120 and 180 higher education credits. The proportion of courses to scientific work is stated in the general syllabus for the third-cycle subject area and each doctoral student’s individual study plan.
Qualitative targets are stipulated in the system of qualifications in the Higher Education Ordinance (appendix 2) and at Luleå University of Technology they are included in the general syllabus for third-cycle subject areas and in the individual study plan. For a doctoral degree, the doctoral student must have passed the examiniations in the course section, defended her/his thesis and passed a public defence of her/his thesis.