FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a set of answers in response to the most common questions concerning CUGS and doctoral studies. Other questions are addressed to CUGS.

Q: How do I get the enrolled in CUGS?
A: If you are already admitted as a doctoral student, then you can apply to become a CUGS student, or if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies (but have not started yet), we encourage you to contact Nahid Shahmehri (Director of CUGS) or representatives at the different CUGS sites, if you currently are already at that site or have an interest to join that site.

Q: I'm not enrolled in CUGS, can I still particpate in CUGS courses?
A: Yes, the courses are open courses for other doctoral/graduate students. There is no course cost for participating in the CUGS courses. While CUGS covers necessary accommodation costs for its members (enrolled students and faculty), non-members are expected to cover their own accommodation costs as well as any travelling costs. Course participants need to enter the courses with the prerequisites as specified by each course. You need to register for the course if you intend to participate. Please contact us for further details.

Q: What do doctoral students do?
A: Doctoral students are usually involved in two main activities: the writing of a thesis, and taking graduate courses. Writing a thesis usually implies taking part in research projects conducted by one of our research groups.

Q: How long does it take to finish doctoral studies?
A: Each of the activities above amounts to approximately two years of full-time work, but since most doctoral students are also involved in up to 20 per cent teaching the total expected time to obtain a doctor's degree is 5 years.

Q: What happens after graduation?
A: There are a great variety of careers available to graduates. Some of our graduates have become lecturers and professors at computer science departments at universities in Sweden and abroad, for instance at MIT and Yale. Many people work in the industry, doing advanced research and development, doing start-up companies, or take on leader roles.

Q: What is a licentiate degree?
A: The licentiate degree is a degree half-way between a master's degree and a doctoral degree; it amounts to one year of PhD courses, and one year of thesis work (excluding teaching). Most people who complete the doctoral degree first complete the licentiate degree and then spend two more years on graduate courses and thesis work.

Q: How do I identify the subject of my thesis?
A: The subject of your thesis is typically decided jointly by yourself and your supervisor. All PhD students also have an advisory committee consisting of the main supervisor and two additional supervisors.

Q: How do I finance my studies?
A: There is no tuition. Normally, a doctoral student is employed as "doctorand" and has a salary. A doctorand position is typically renewed one year at a time, and is limited to a maximum of 4 years (excluding teaching). Non-native students are sometimes offered a scholarship for 6-12 months before being employed as a doctorand.

Q: What are the requirements for becoming a doctoral student?
A: Every doctoral student is admitted to a subject area, and each subject area has its own requirements. To be eligible for doctoral studies it s required to have Bachelor's or a Master's degree with approximately 1.5 years (i.e., 90 credits in the Swedish academic system) of courses in the subject area that you are being admitted to. The specific requirements of CUGS is found here.

Q: What subject areas can I be admitted to?
A: Computer science (datalogi), and computer systems (datorsystem).

Q: Are there any admission tests?
A: No, there are no formal admission tests but you have to satisfy the requirements described above, and there is a general examination including e.g. interviews.

Q: What research areas are covered by CUGS?
A: The research at CUGS covers a wide spectrum of areas. There is research in traditional fields of computer science such as theoretical computer science, programing environments, embedded and real-time systems, artificial intelligence, intelligent information systems and databases.

Q: How much teaching does a doctoral student do?
A: Everyone who has a full-time "doctorand" position should devote at least 80 percent of the time to doctoral courses and thesis work. Hence, up to 20 percent can be devoted to teaching.

Q: What about social benefits?
A: If you have a "doctorand" position you have all the benefits of other employees; pension, social security etc.

Q: What about other benefits?
A: Most doctoral students have an office of their own, usually close to their supervisor, equipped with modern workstations and/or PCs. We also encourage doctoral students to participate in national and international conferences.

Q: What language is used in CUGS?
A: Many of the graduate students and faculty people in CUGS have an international background. Hence, the offical language of CUGS is English, which means that all common activities, e.g., courses, conferences, seminars are are given in english. Most Swedes speak English well, and almost everybody in the academic environment university is fluent in English, so if you are coming to Sweden, you'll be able to get by just fine using english. However, we strongly encourage everyone to learn Swedish to better assimilate into the native culture.


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Last modified on February 2009 by Anne Moe