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From 1 July 2007, students admitted to the Faculty of Health Sciences (HU) will be offered one postgraduate studies discipline only: Medical Science. All postgraduate students accepted from this date onwards will therefore follow the same General Study Plan. In order to be able to defend their doctoral dissertations, postgraduate students at HU will need to achieve a course target equivalent to not less than 33 credits (38 credits for certain research students) for a doctorate and not less than 18 credits for a licentiate degree (23 credits for certain research students).
Postgraduate students at HU are trained in research, development work and other problem solving within the higher education, private and public sectors. HU offers qualitatively excellent masters and postgraduate courses designed to produce graduates and PhDs of a very high international standard. 1 1. Admission, qualification requirements and selection for acceptance onto postgraduate level courses According to the Higher Education Ordinance, the Faculty Board is responsible for admission to courses at postgraduate level.
At HU this task is delegated to FUN. 2 Preparation for admissions is made by the respective departments. FUN is the deciding body regarding admission; it bases it decisions on those of the respective department boards. The following is required for admission to a postgraduate course at HU: – – – – – basic and specific qualifications the applicant is assessed to be capable of completing the course successfully an individual study plan (where appropriate3 approved by an operations manager or equivalent) including a funding plan
Postgraduate students admitted onto a licentiate degree course will complete their studies with this degree. On completion of a licentiate degree, the individual concerned can apply for admission to subsequent postgraduate studies leading to a PhD. However, in such cases, the same terms and conditions apply as for new admissions to postgraduate studies for a PhD. The admissions seminar will then though be in the form of a midpoint review (see Midpoint review). 7 See HF ch 7 § 37 3 (8) Allman studieplan – Medicinsk vetenskap 2008-12-03 Beslut Dnr LiU 770/07-50
Bioethics and research ethics, 3 cr Scientific communication and information retrieval, 3 cr TOTAL 2. 1 Basic general science courses Basic general science courses: 18 credits (11 cr for licentiate degree) The mandatory basic general science courses (11 cr) are to be completed before the midpoint review can be performed or licentiate degree taken. Basic general science courses passed make up not less than 18 cr (11 cr for licentiate degree), with a maximum 5 cr from any one subject. Courses in bold type are mandatory: 8 1 credit from the previous system corresponds to 1. 5 credits in the Bologna system 4 (8)
Allman studieplan – Medicinsk vetenskap 2008-12-03 Beslut Dnr LiU 770/07-50 – – – – – – – – Scientific methodology, 5 cr Bioethics and research ethics, 3 cr Scientific communication and information retrieval, 3 cr Basic biostatistics, 5 cr Multivariate statistics, 5 cr Epidemiology, 5 cr Good Clinical Practice (GCP), 2 cr Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), 2 cr Mandatory courses for certain postgraduate students Postgraduate students who are to use laboratory animals are to have passed the applicable course no later than two years after starting their work. 9 – 2. 2 Laboratory animal science, 5 cr
Other postgraduate study courses Other postgraduate study courses: min 9 cr for PhD (4 cr for licentiate degree) – Approved participation in and examination passed in subject-specific courses at postgraduate level in which the postgraduate student needs to acquire adequate knowledge, such as set out in the individual course plan or annual review of the postgraduate studies. These courses are to be approved by FUN or in the case of external courses, credited by FUS. – Approved participation in elements in department wide research study programmes with clear credit specifications, such as research institutes. –
Other adequate courses, including approved clinical specialist courses (SK courses) that clearly have direct relevance to the research project in the individual study plan (max 5 cr in total). 2. 3 Other credit giving elements Other credit generating elements: min 6 cr for PhD (3 cr for licentiate degree) – Participation in international conferences with a presentation by the candidate, such as postings or lectures (max 2 cr per conference, max 3 cr in total). – Time spent with a research group at another university (gives 1. 5 cr per week, max 3 cr in total). – Participation in a series of seminars, journal clubs etc.at the department (1-2 cr per term depending on intensity, to amount to min 3 cr or max 4. 5 cr in total). 2. 4 Dissertation (scientific paper) To be awarded a degree, a postgraduate student is to have had a scientific paper worth not less than 120 credits or 60 credits (licentiate degree) approved. 9 Central Research Commission proclamation (SJVFS 1992:11) with directives and general advice on training requirements when using animals for scientific purposes etc (L 32). 5 (8) Allman studieplan – Medicinsk vetenskap 2008-12-03 Beslut Dnr LiU 770/07-50 Doctoral dissertation
Most dissertations at HU are compilation dissertations based on a number of sub works. Such sub works are to be set in an explanatory framework which together with the sub works forms the dissertation. For admissions as from 1 July 2007 and for applications for public defences prior to 1 January 2009 The number of sub works in a compilation dissertation is to be not less than 3-4 original pieces depending on the quality and scope, of which not less than 2 have been accepted for publication in referee-reviewed publications and another 1-2 submitted for publication at the latest when the grade board is appointed.
In the case of sub works included in a dissertation, the postgraduate student’s work shall be clearly discernible. For admissions as from 1 July 2007 and for application for public defences as from 1 January 2009 A compilation dissertation for a PhD shall comprise at least two sub works, and normally not more than four. The exact number depends on the quality and scope of the sub works as well as, not least, the role of the doctoral student in creating the respective sub works. The postgraduate student’s contribution must be clearly discernible.
Assessment as to whether the presented dissertation work with completed courses equates to four years full-time study and attains a good international standard is done through the grade board’s preview and conclusively by FUN. At least two sub works shall be accepted/published in referee-reviewed publications with international distribution, or be open access publications with referee procedures. The postgraduate student shall be the principal author of at least one of the works. The postgraduate student shall have participated in all parts of the publication process for scientific articles.
If fewer than four sub works are involved in the dissertation, the summary, so-called kappa, is included in the application for the public defence. (This last condition applies for application for public defences as from 1 July 2009. ) All dissertations at HU are to adhere to the LiU/HU graphic profile. For further information on format please see www. liu. se/hu. For postgraduate students applying for doctoral studies places for a PhD as from 1 January 2009, the following applies: – At least half of the sub works included in the dissertation must be published/accepted for publication after admission to postgraduate study