Welcome as a PhD student at the Department of Surgcial Sciences!

The Department of Surgical Sciences (IKV) conducts high-quality postgraduate education in a wide range of subjects related to surgery. There are approximately 200 PhD students registered in our department. The majority of the PhD students are doctors or nurses with employment at Uppsala University Hospital. They do not have a traditional postdoctoral employment. Doctors and nursing staff (without university employment) are often engaged with teaching, courses and programs at IKV.

Research within the Department of Surgcial Sciences is conducted by different research groups according to specialities within the field of surgery. Cooperation between the different groups is essential as is cooperation with other institutions and universities in Sweden and abroad.

By independently, under supervision, conducting a research project, you utilize and develop both your practical and your theoretical skills. You take in the latest methods in modern research and the scientific environment provides good opportunities for both in-depth study and breadth. The goal is for you to become an independent researcher, ready for highly competent tasks, regardless of whether it is in academia, industry, healthcare or any authority.

Four dressed-up people after the Doctoral Conferment Ceremony
Twice a year the nine faculties at Uppsala University come together to celebrate the conferment of new doctoral degrees.

Post graduate education at the Medical Faculty

On the Faculty of Medicine's website, you will find all the necessary information about postgraduate education at Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Uppsala University. Read more about information about the doctoral program.

For PhD students: Here you will find regulations, forms, course offerings and other information that can be used during your doctoral studies. Read more on the page: Post graduate education at the Department of Surgical Sciences.

For supervisors: Here are instructions and guidelines for you as a supervisor. Here you can also administrate courses and register for Supervisor’s Information Day. Read more on the page: Supervising at doctoral level.

For examiners: Each doctoral student is to have a specially appointed examiner. The examiner should participate in the annual follow-up of the individual study plan. The examiner should examine for-credit components of the doctoral programme when reporting to the study documentation system. The examiner should also provide support to the doctoral student in discussions surrounding the theoretical part of the programme and examination. Examiners should be working at the department at which the doctoral student is registered and have no relationship posing a conflict of interest. Red more at the page: Examinator


Post graduate programmes - Here you'll find all the information you need about postgraduate programmes in the Medicine and Pharmacy disciplinary domain at Uppsala University. The programme must comprise at least 240 credit points for a doctoral degree and at least 120 credit points for a licentiate degree. The programme is made up of a number of courses and a thesis.

At the Faculty of Medicine, the course and theory part must comprise at least 30 higher education credits. Your course part then consists of 15 higher education credits, of which 8.5-11.5 higher education credits are compulsory. In the theory part you can include congresses, seminars, and more. The Research Training Committee, kuf@uadm.uu.se can, among other things, answer questions regarding your courses registrated in Ladok.

In addition to your independent research, you participate as a doctoral student in, for example, literature seminars, lectures and conferences. The courses are for you to be able to improve your ability to do research. The planning for your course and theory part must be included in your individual study plan.

As a doctoral student, you are also expected to serve at your department. You can teach, lead group exercises or have seminars and lectures. This can be guidance for a dissertation or work as an assistant. The department's goal is for all doctoral students to be able to participate in the department's teaching. In this way, the doctoral students' professional development as university teachers is promoted. The service may not exceed 20 percent for five years.

At the beginning of the training, you will receive help from the supervisor with project selection and other questions, while at the end you are expected to be able to make your own decisions and work very independently.

the public defence

Within the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, a doctoral thesis defence can take place if all mandatory courses have been passed and the total course credits amount to at least 30 credits. The doctoral thesis may be a composite thesis consisting of an introductory chapter together with one or more articles/manuscripts, or a monograph. The quality and scope of the thesis should match the expected result of four years of full-time study.

Before the public defence, you must have written a doctoral thesis that consists of a framework story and articles or a monograph. During the dissertation, which is public, you present and defend your research results, methods and efforts in front of an opponent who critically asks questions. You must also be ready to answer questions from other participants in the public defence. Read more about The planning before the public defence of a doctoral thesis.


The individual study plan must state how the education is to be financed. Any financiers must be reported as well as the plans for the employment.

The main principle is either an education grant or employment as a PhD student during the first year, years two through four employment as a PhD student. From 2015, the education grant and employment as a doctoral student disappeared from the first year. For doctoral students who combine doctoral studies with clinical employment, other rules apply.

Read about rules and guidelines regarding support (scholarships, study grants and doctoral students with clinical employment, etc.) in the pdf document Guidelines for postgraduate education. Here you can also find information about the insurance coverage for PhD students. Read more about: Activity, Income and Individual Study Plan.

Application for degree certificate

Degree diplomas and course certificates are documents that show that you fulfil the stipulations for a certain type of degree or course. The university where you studied the last course, which will be included in the degree, is the university that is supposed to issue the degree certificate. When you apply for a degree, please make sure all courses, that are supposed to be included, are completed and registered in Ladok. Read more here: Application for degree certificate.

Last modified: 2021-03-10