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Admission

This page provides information on the application process for admission to doctoral studies at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

Important to know

Doctoral students who live outside Sweden or need a Swedish visa will not be able to retrieve their KTH account and start their studies until they arrive in Sweden.

See the page Links and resources  for the latest versions of the documents "Admission regulations at KTH" and "Guideline on third-cycle studies".

How to apply

The admission process involves several functions within the university administration, depending on the doctoral student's type of funding and how far the application has reached. Feel free to contact us  with questions on planned or ongoing applications.

Step 1: Recruitment and selection

Follow the instructions found on one of the following pages based on how the doctoral student will be funded:

Step 2: Admission

When the recruitment process is finalized and a candidate has been selected, the principal supervisor starts the admission process by submitting the following documents to doctoral-education-support@eecs.kth.se . Incomplete applications may delay the processing time:

☐ One of the following two forms, signed by the prospective doctoral student:

☐ Copies of documents proving that the applicant meets the general entry requirements and the specific entry requirements , which are specified in the general syllabus for each third-cycle subject :

  • A copy of the master's degree certificate with its accompanying official transcript of records, or
  • A copy of an official transcript of records proving that the applicant has fulfilled course requirements corresponding to at least 240 ECTS credits, of which a minimum of 60 ECTS credits (120 for the subject Electrical Engineering) are at the advanced level (master's/second-cycle)

Remember to check the third-cycle subject's general syllabus  for the specific entry requirements when recruiting a new doctoral student. This is especially important for those aiming for admission to the third-cycle subject of Electrical Engineering.

☐ Other documents depending on type of funding:

  • Employed by KTH (doctoral studentship): HR will send us the initiation letterand the motivation letter, which the intended principal supervisor should already have submitted as web forms during the recruitment process (see Step 1)
  • Employed by the industry (industrial doctoral student): The contract administrator  will send us a copy of the signed industrial doctoral student agreementand the motivation letter (industrial doctoral student), which the intended principal supervisor should already have established prior to admission (see Step 1)
  • Funded by a scholarship or collaboration agreements: Contact us  for more information

​☐ Within one month after the doctoral student has registered themselves in Ladok , the principal supervisor must create and establish an ISP  for the doctoral student. Please explore the subheading " Expectation form " on the linked page—a tool for facilitating discussions on expectations between students and supervisors.

Doctoral students who live outside Sweden or need a Swedish visa will not be able to retrieve their KTH account and start their studies until they arrive in Sweden.

Step 3: Employment (applicable if employed at KTH)

HR will contact the principal supervisor to set up an employment contract. For more information, contact HR at your devision .

Step 4: Practical arrangements

Service Center will contact the principal supervisor to make the practical arrangements, such as access card, key, office space etc. For more information, contact service@eecs.kth.se .

Guest doctoral students

See the page FAQ .

References

Find links to regulations and forms on the page Links and resources .

Read about KTH's admission requirements  or how to become a doctoral (PhD) student at KTH .