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Information for PhD students

Official rules

The rules under which PhD studies fall come from the relevant laws and government regulations (högskolelagen, högskoleförordningen) and the additional rules decided by Lund University and the Faculty of Science. The requirements for each subject are spelled out in a discipline curriculum.

At our department you can obtain a degree in Theoretical Physics, possibly with Computational Biology as a specialisation, or you can obtain a degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics. For each of the various PhD studies there exists a General Syllabus:

Your contacts at the department

The persons you will have most contact with are your advisors/supervisors (handledare). Many of the official decisions are taken by the head of the department and a lot of practical assistance will come from the administrative personnel.

The people most in charge of the studies are the director of graduate studies (studierektor för forskarutbildning) and the discipline representatives (ämnesansvarig). Especially the former is the first source of information about PhD studies.

Individual curriculum (or studyplan) and "PhD talk" (doktoransamtal)

The first meeting is with the director of studies and we go through a number of subjects. This first "PhD talk" is also when the first individual study plan is set up. This should happen soon after starting your PhD studies. Do not do this yourself unless asked directly by the director of studies.

The individual study plan is updated every term talking with your supervisor, the department representative and possibly deputy supervisor(s).

Courses and registration of finished courses

There are a number of PhD courses given at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics.

Registration of the results in LADOK is done with a special form such that the person doing it has all the documentation required. Instructions are included on the top of the form.

For courses at advanced (master) level, participation is automatic in the undergraduate LADOK. You still have to fill in a form to get it registered as counting towards your PhD studies.

Useful information

The PhD students at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics have a council that meets regularly.  This council discusses relevant issues that arise and elect representatives to various boards. 

Useful links for current and future PhD stundents:


Director of Graduate studies:
Thomas Bensby
thomas [dot] bensby [at] astro [dot] lu [dot] se

Deputy Director of Graduate studies:
Rikkert Frederix 
rikkert [dot] frederix [at] thep [dot] lu [dot] se