With input from the PhD Chapter and passed by the Student Parliament (KF), the student union (THS) holds the following opinions about PhD Candidate issues (translated from the 2013 Åsiktsdokument):
THS thinks that:
• all PhD Candidates should be employed.
• a PhD Candidate’s starting salary should not be significantly less than the average salary for a “civilingenjör” (M.Sc. in Engineering) who graduated the same year.
• a PhD Candidate on parental leave should be entitled to compensation equivalent to 90% of the PhD Candidate’s salary without burdening an individual research project or division.
• admission to doctoral studies should always take place via centrally advertised positions.
• doctoral studies at KTH should provide each PhD Candidate with the skills required to become a successful researcher.
• doctoral studies at KTH should be of internationally recognized high quality and reviewed by independent bodies.
• KTH’s allocation of faculty funds should reflect doctoral studies’ resource requirements.
• each PhD Candidate should have at least two active supervisors.
• joint supervision time of a PhD Candidate is the equivalent of at least 10% of a full-time position. Supervision should include the possibility for the PhD Candidate to regularly meet his or her supervisor.
• doctoral studies should take four years. Departmental work may be undertaken, maximum 20%, thereby extending the total time of the position by maximum one year.
• every main supervisor should have completed a relevant supervision course.
• PhD Candidate supervision should be independently audited, on both the general and individual levels.
• graduated marks should not be applied within doctoral studies.
Also, from other pages in the vision document where PhD Candidates are explicitly mentioned:
• KTH should inform all students and PhD Candidates of their basic rights.
• all students and PhD Candidates should be given the opportunity to take language courses, regardless of year of study.
• courses in Swedish should be offered to all undergraduates and PhD Candidates who come to KTH from other countries.