PhD education

The post-graduate education within Mechanical Engineering is planned so that the PhD student shall gain expertise as well as generic knowledge in the research subject. The graduate education shall be of international standard. After completed licentiate degree graduation the student is expected to be prepared for doing both research and development tasks. After completed PhD graduation the successful student should be able to independently conduct research activities in industry or academia.

The research subject of Mechanical Engineering

Individual study plan for Mechanical Engineering: In Swedish

Graduates from Mechanical Engineering PhD education (15 Lic, 9 PhD)

PhD education contents

Post-graduate studies consists of two parts; courses and thesis. The licentiate degree consists of 120 credits and the PhD degree of 240 credits where 60 credits is one year full time studies. The thesis work consists of research work with presentation and publishing in scientific journals and at conferences. Of the total 240 credits approximately 150-170 credits is thesis (research) work, and the rest courses. For licentiate degree of 120 credits the thesis work is about 60-80 credits and the rest courses.

It is recommended that licentiate degree is taken on the way to PhD degree.


The following courses are given for PhD candidates:

  • Product-Service Systems, PDRL01, 7.5 ECTS (Tobias Larsson)
  • Engineering Design Research Methodology, PDRL02, 7.5 ECTS (Tobias Larsson)
  • Global Product Innovation, PDRL03, 15 ECTS (Tobias Larsson)
  • Innovative Technology and Business, PDRL04, 7.5 ECTS (Tobias Larsson)
  • Knowledge Enabled Engineering, PDRL05, 7.5 ECTS (Tobias Larsson)
  • Modelling and Simulation in Product Development, PDRL06, 7.5 ECTS (Tobias Larsson)
  • Participatory Product Innovation - P2I, PDRL07, 7.5 ECTS (Tobias Larsson)
  • Simulation of Vehicle Dynamics, PDRL08, 7.5 ECTS (Tobias Larsson)

For more information on PhD studies in Mechanical Engineering, contact Professor Tobias C. Larsson, 0455-385525,

For more information on PhD studies at BTH, see here.

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