Examinations that form part of third-cycle courses and study programmes shall be assessed in accordance with the grading system prescribed by the higher education institution.
Courses contribute to the doctoral student achieving the qualitative targets for a doctoral degree. Courses in a licentiate degree comprise 30-60 higher education credits and in a doctoral degree 60-120 higher education credits, by decision of the faculty boards. In the general syllabus of the third-cycle subject area it is stated what applies to the subject area, and in the individual study plan it is stated what applies to individual doctoral students after consultation between the doctoral students and supervisors.
The range of third-cycle courses at the university, which are the responsibility of departments, are categorised as general, broadened subject studies or in-depth subject studies. Courses and programmes in professional development are planned and carried out via Internal support.
Credit transfer from a course may apply to a course approved before admission to a third-cycle subject area or a course approved at another seat of learning during the programme. The examiner and seat of learning will be stated on the degree certificate if a course has been approved by another seat of learning than Luleå University of Technology.
Credit transfer from a course that is approved before admission will take place soon after admission in accordance with admissions regulations. Credit transfer from courses approved at another seat of learning requires that a course certificate is enclosed as a basis for decision. Courses at first-cycle level/second-cycle level will be credited with half the course credits if the course was approved before admission to third-cycle studies.
When drawing up and reviewing individual study plans, planned and approved courses are documented and it is stated whether the courses will be included in a licentiate or doctoral degree.
Third-cycle courses are planned and carried out at the department having competence in the subject area. The examiner for the course must be qualified as docent or professor and be employed as lecturer at Luleå University of Technology. Courses published on the university website must have a course syllabus and evaluation must be carried out after completion of the course. The head of department will establish a course syllabus on the lines of an fixed template. Only courses that are commissioned and receive financial compensation from internal resource allocations are given a course code.
Examinations included in third-cycle studies at Luleå University of Technology are given the grade of pass or fail. Registration of courses passed must take place at the latest 15 days after the examination. The examiner for the course is responsible for doctoral students who pass being registered in Ladok via the departmental administrator.
The principal supervisor is the examiner for courses in the category of “courses for professional development”, for which Internal support (official) is responsible. When courses at first-cycle level/second-cycle level are included in a doctoral degree, the doctoral student must apply in competition with other applicants. The department holding the courses will register results in Ladok (RS10). In both cases the principal supervisor is responsible for doctoral students who pass being registered in Research Ladok via the departmental administrator. Register extracts from Ladok (UT10) for courses passed at first-cycle level/second-cycle level are submitted by doctoral students as a basis for reports by the principal supervisor.
Participants on courses at third-cycle level who have not been admitted to third-cycle studies at Luleå University of Technology will receive a course certificate from the department responsible for the course after they have passed an examination in the course.