Alongside the academic thesis, doctoral-level programmes consist of courses and other components. The scope of courses and other components should correspond to at least 30 credits for doctoral degrees and at least 15 credits for licentiate degrees. For both types of degree, all mandatory doctoral-level courses need to be completed and passed. With respect to doctoral degrees, mandatory components also need to be completed in addition to mandatory courses.
Doctoral students and supervisors jointly plan which courses the doctoral student is to take. Planned courses should be included in the individual study plan (ISP).
There are a number of mandatory courses for all doctoral students within the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy.
- Introduction to Doctoral Studies, 1.5 credits. This course is web-based and is required for admission to other courses.
- Introduction to Scientific Research, 9 credits
Instead of course 2, courses 3–5 may be selected.
- Research Ethics and Philosophy of Science, 2 credits.
- Scientific Presentation, 2 credits.
- Introduction to Biostatistics, 3 credits
There are also other courses that are mandatory if the project so requires, such as Laboratory Animal Science and Radiation Science.
Laboratory Animal Science course
The course in laboratory animal science is mandatory for all doctoral students who will carry out procedures on laboratory animals or have described such experiments in their thesis. The courses at the disciplinary domain consist of a theoretical online course available for different types of animal, as well as a practical component. There is also a booster course for people who have taken a previous (earlier than 1 January 2013) training course in laboratory animal science, known as FELASA C.
Radiation Science course
The Radiation Science course (1.5 credits) is mandatory for doctoral students who handle radioactive substances in different forms as part of their project. Contact the Radiation Protection Manager at the department for more information.
- At least one personal presentation (lecture or poster) at an international conference (1.5 credits) must be included.
- A mid-way seminar or licentiate seminar is mandatory for a doctoral degree.
Courses specifically needed for the subject of the thesis should correspond to at least 3.5 credits.
The remaining credits may comprise theory courses, method courses and literature courses, participation and presentations in seminar series, presentations at conventions, etc.
To obtain credits for these components that are not examined, they must be approved by the principal supervisor and reported as a normal course with the principal supervisor as examiner.
Courses offered at Uppsala University are registered at the department that offers the course. Other approved courses should be documented in Ladok by the department at which the doctoral student is registered.
Doctoral students who have taken courses at other higher education institutions that could correspond to one of the mandatory courses at Uppsala University may transfer their credits. The director of studies of the doctoral-level courses takes decisions concerning credit transfers.
Credits cannot be transferred for qualifying programmes for doctoral-level education.
When applying for a credit transfer, the following documents should be attached and sent to email@example.com:
- Course certificate
- Course syllabus
Other courses and components
Decisions concerning credit transfers from Swedish or foreign programmes or other doctoral-level activities within a certain field are taken by the principal supervisor or examiner. The signed decision is registered and archived together with the supporting documentation by the department. The credit transfer is reported in Ladok.
Dispensations/exemptions from taking mandatory courses that have already been completed can be applied for through the doctoral-level director of studies.
When applying for dispensation, the following documents should be attached and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Course certificate
- Course syllabus