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					Curriculum for the Ph.D. Education
CURRICULUM FOR THE PH.D. EDUCATION IN PSYCHOLOGY AT UPPSALA UNIVERSITY, FOR ATTAINING
THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY AND LICENCIATE DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY.

The curriculum was established by the social sciences faculty board 2003-06-05. Ph.D. education is
offered in the extent allowed by available resources.

Contents

    1.   Goal of the education
    2.   Entrance requirements
    3.   Admission and selection
    4.   Contents and plan of the education
    5.   Knowledge tests
    6.   Dissertation and defence
    7.   Doctoral degree
    8.   Other regulations




1. Goal of the education

The goal of the Ph.D. education is that the candidate should acquire such skills in psychology and
scientific methods as to independently pursue research and through the production of a scientific
thesis/dissertation contribute to he growth of knowledge within the field.

Further, the Ph.D. candidate shall acquire the ability to identify problem areas amenable to research,
acquire the theoretical and practical skills to identify, initiate, plan, and carry out research projects as
well as such pedagogical and informative skills that he/she can communicate his/her knowledge within
and outside the university domain.

The Ph.D. candidate shall acquire pedagogical skills and the ability to express him-/herself well orally as
well as in writing.

2. Entrance requirements

In order to be accepted for postgraduate studies, the applicant must have general entrance requirements
and any special entrance requirements that the social sciences faculty board may have stipulated, and
must be judged to have the general abilities necessary to complete the education (SFS 1998:80, Higher
Education Act 9 ch. 2 §)

2.1. General entrance requirements

General entrance requirements for admission to postgraduate studies consist of completion of a
minimum of 120 points of graduate education (180 ECTS points). This requirement is to be considered
satisfied also by those who, within the country or abroad, by other means have attained essentially
equivalent knowledge. If special circumstances obtain, the Faculty Board may approve exceptions from
general entrance requirements for individual applicants.
(SFS 1998:80, Higher Education Act 9 ch. 4 §)

2.2 Special entrance requirements

Eligibility for admission to postgraduate studies in psychology is fulfilled by applicants who have
completed a minimum of 60 points (90 ECTS points) in psychology, including a paper of at least 10
points (15 ECTS points) in psychology or the equivalent according to older systems, or who have by
other means within the country or abroad attained essentially equivalent knowledge.

3. Admission and selection
The faculty board may admit applicants to the Ph.D. education only those who will be given a paid
position as doctoral candidate ("doktorand") or who is granted education aid for doctoral candidates.
The faculty board may however admit applicants who have some other form of education financing, if the
board concludes that the financing will obtain during the entire education and that the applicant can
devote enough time to the education so that it can be completed in four years for a licentiate degree and
eight years for a doctoral degree (SFS 2002:139, Higher Education Act 9 ch. 3 §)

The social sciences faculty board has appointed the Head of the Department of Psychology to admit
students to postgraduate studies in psychology after consultation with the Department Board of
Supervisors.
This does not apply to admission for postgraduate education of 80 points (120 ECTS) that ends in a
licentiate degree, part-time postgraduate education, postgraduate education under student aid, or self-
financed (e.g. part-time work, own financial resources, aid from another person or organisation)
postgraduate education. In such cases the faculty board handles admission (SAMFAK 2002/50).

Admission normally takes place once per year. Applications should be addressed to the Social Sciences
Faculty Board but should be sent to the Head of Department, and is prepared on special forms, which are
provided by the department and the Social Sciences Faculty Board.

Selection among applicants who meet eligibility criteria shall be done based on their ability to absorb the
postgraduate education based on well-defined criteria for quality.

In connection with admission, and individual education plan, including a plan for financing, should be
formed.

4. Contents and plan of the education

4.1. Plan of the education
Postgraduate education in psychology ends with a Ph.D. or licentiate dissertation. The education entails
160 points for a Ph.D. degree (220 ECTS) and 80 points for a licentiate degree (120 ECTS).

A Ph.D. candidate who has been admitted to postgraduate education ending in a doctoral dissertation
may, if he/she wishes, graduate with a licentiate degree as a part goal.

An applicant may also, if he/she wishes and the faculty board deems it appropriate, be admitted for
postgraduate education of 80 points (120 ECTS) that ends in a licentiate degree (SAMFAK 2002/50)

Postgraduate education in psychology that ends with a licentiate dissertation encompasses two years' net
studies and postgraduate education that ends with a Ph.D. encompasses four years' net studies.

Postgraduate education that ends with a licentiate dissertation includes a course part of 30 points (45
ECTS) and a licentiate dissertation of 50 points (75 ECTS). Postgraduate education that ends with a
Ph.D. includes a course part of 60 points (90 ECTS) and a Ph.D. dissertation of 100 points (150 ECTS)

4.1.1 Dividing up the work

The two parts of the education should be done in parallel and it is recommended that candidates begin
their dissertation work early. This work is to be reported in the seminar series at the department, partly
at a half time or licentiate seminar and partly at an end seminar. The candidate shall have attained 30
points (45 ECTS) of the course part before the half-time/licentiate seminar and all 60 points (90 ECTS)
before the end seminar.

4.2. Course plan

The course part of the doctoral degree consists of 40 mandatory points (60 ECTS) and 20 freely chosen
points (30 ECTS). The mandatory part contains a methodology section of 20 points (30 ECTS) and a
theory section of 20 points (30 ECTS), chosen from a larger number of listed basic courses. The other
courses (20 points, 30 ECTS) in the theory of the subject is chosen according to the students' field of
specialisation. For the licentiate degree, a course part of 10 points (15 ECTS) is mandatory. Some
courses may be given in co-operation with other departments or under the auspices of the faculty board.
For information about current course offerings, see the annual course catalogue.
4.3. Teaching

Form of teaching is decided by each course leader. Active participation in the seminar series at the
department is expected throughout the studies. Participation at a certain number of seminars or
dissertation defences may be counted as 5 points (7.5 ECTS) within the freely chosen course part.

4.4. Supervision

For each candidate, two advisors will be appointed; one main advisor with central responsibility for the
postgraduate education- including the dissertation work - and one assistant advisor. The main advisor
must be an employee (or assistant employee, "adjungerad") at Uppsala University. The advisors shall
have a doctoral (or corresponding) degree, and at least one of the advisors should be an assistant
professor ("docent"). (UFV 2002/1430, 1§ AFUU)

The candidate is entitled to supervision during the time that is judged necessary for the intended
education, barring superseding decisions by the faculty board.

A candidate who so requests may change advisors. (SFS 1998:80, Higher Education Act 8 ch. 9 §)

4.5 Individual study plan

For each candidate, an individual study plan should be established. It shall be confirmed by the faculty
board after consultation with the candidate and his/her advisor.

The individual study plan shall contain a time plan for the postgraduate education, a description of the
responsibilities of the candidate and the faculty board/department during the education, and whatever
else is necessary to maintain work efficiency throughout the education.

The individual study plan shall be followed up by the faculty board at least annually. At follow-up, the
candidate and advisor shall inform the faculty board concerning the progress of the education. The
faculty board can then, or whenever it is deemed necessary, make changes in the individual study plan.
The time of the education may be prolonged only if there are special considerations, such as sick leave,
national defence service, or for commissions of trust within labour or student unions, or parental leave.
Before a change is made, the candidate and advisor are consulted.

The candidate, the advisor, and the Head of department shall certify in writing that they have taken part
the individual study plan and the changes made therein. (SFS 1998:80, Higher Education Act 8 ch. 8 §)

5. Knowledge tests

Each course ends with a written or oral test. Continuous knowledge testing may occur in the course of
teaching. Tests are graded pass or fail.

When tests are graded, consideration shall be given to both the candidate's depth of knowledge and the
capacity for independent judgement and critical analysis. (SFS 1998:80, Higher Education Act 8 ch. 15 §)

Grading teachers, examiners, are appointed by the head of Department. Full or assistant professors are
examiners for postgraduate studies. Also, the following teachers may, according to the faculty board
decision on 1995-01-27, be appointed examiners: University lecturer with a Ph.D. evaluated at
recruitment (applied for and acquired tenure in competition) and junior researcher (forskarassistent).

A candidate who has passed tests in the education at another institute of higher education may include
these in his/her degree after consultation with the examiner.

6. Dissertation and defence

6.1. Dissertation

The central aspect of postgraduate education is to author a scientific dissertation based on independent
research. The candidate shall strive in the dissertation to advance knowledge in the field.
The doctoral dissertation shall be in the form of either a unitary, continuous scientific work (monograph)
or as a brief summary of scientific essays that the candidate has authored alone or in collaboration with
another (compilation dissertation).
The doctoral dissertation or, when applicable, the scientific essays shall be of such quality that they fulfil
reasonable demands to be accepted for publication in a scientific forum.

Theses and essays in compilation dissertations that have been authored by more than one person can be
included in a licentiate or doctoral degree only if it is in the main possible to distinguish between the
authors in terms of work contributed. (UFV 2002/1435, 2 § FFUU)

The subject of the dissertation is decided together with the advisor. With each dissertation shall follow a
brief abstract in English.

The dissertation manuscript shall be presented at one or more higher seminars or be subjected to
corresponding review under the auspices of the department.

State grants for printing of the dissertation are available as described in faculty board regulations.

The dissertation shall be available at the university library at least three semester weeks before the
public defence, with copies enough to make possible satisfactory review of the dissertation before the
public defence. A shortened time of availability may be granted by the Dean only under special
circumstances. (UFV 2002/1435, 3 § FFUU)

The so-called "spikblad" (final confirmation and announcement of the dissertation) shall be published
digitally and can also be posted on the bulletin board at the University building. For compilation
dissertations, electronic publication of the summary is also mandatory.

6.2. Public defence

The dissertation shall be presented for public scrutiny at a public defence. It is graded pass or fail. At
grading, consideration shall be given to the contents of the dissertation and the defence of the
dissertation. The grade is decided by the grading committee appointed by the Dean on commission from
the faculty board.

A grading committee from the Faculty of Social Sciences normally consists of three members, of whom
one is appointed chairperson. Its constitution shall normally be the following: one member from the own
department (this may not be the advisor or assistant advisor), one member from a different department
within the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University, and one member from a different higher
education centre.

All course points shall be completed before the public defence.

Time and place for the public defence is decided by the Dean. The announcement of this decision shall
occur at least three weeks before the public defence.

6.3. Licentiate seminar

The licentiate dissertation shall be defended morally at a public seminar. It is graded pass or fail. At
grading, consideration shall be given to the contents of the dissertation and the defence of the
dissertation. The grade is decided by a grading committee/examiner appointed by the Head of
Department.

All course points shall be completed before the seminar.

Time and place for the public defence is decided by the Head of Department.

7. Doctoral degree

For a doctoral degree, the candidate is required to have a grade of pass on the tests within the
education, as well as authoring and publicly defending a doctoral dissertation awarded a grade of pass by
the grading committee.
On request, the Headmaster of the University issues a doctoral degree certificate.

Corresponding rules apply for a licentiate degree.

8. Other regulations

Constitutional regulations for postgraduate studies can be seen in

• The Higher Education Act, ch. 5 (employment as doctoral candidate), ch. 8 (postgraduate education)
and ch. 9 (access to postgraduate education).

• Acceptance rules for postgraduate education at Uppsala University.

• Regulations for postgraduate education at Uppsala University

• Local rules and regulations for postgraduate education at Uppsala University, 1999-09-27.

• The delegation decision of the Faculty of Social Sciences 2000-03-02 concerning acceptance of doctoral
candidates.

• The delegation decision of the Faculty of Social Sciences 1999-09-09 concerning individual study plans
and supervision of doctoral candidates.

• The decision of the Faculty of Social Sciences 2000-03-03 and 2000-04-13 concerning teachers eligible
for appointment as examiners for courses in postgraduate education.

• The decision of the Faculty of Social Sciences on grading committees 1999-09-09 and information
1999-09-10.

• The decision of the Faculty of Social Sciences on acceptance of doctoral candidates with own financing
2002-04-17 (UFV 2002/778)

• The decision of the Faculty of Social Sciences on acceptance for and hiring of doctoral candidates in
part-time postgraduate education and postgraduate education of 80 points (120 ECTS) that ends with a
licentiate degree 2003-01-14 (SAMFAK 2002/50)

				
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