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In this section we want to collect all the important information about planning/pursuing PhD studies in Uppsala University, as a list of questions (Q:) and answers (A:). If you have a specific question and you couldn't find an answer on it OR need help to figure something out (related to your studies), please don't hesitate to contact any member of TNDR board. We will try to help you and update this section together with you!

Please watch presentation about Rights, Obligations and Representation as a PhD student here.

Q: What is TNDR and why they exist?

A: TNDR is a PhD student organisation, working for PhD students, in particular TekNat PhD students at Uppsala University. TNDR takes care of organizing social events to bring PhD students together, TNDR grants up to 1000 SEK for activitites organized by PhD students for PhD students and of course, TNDR supports PhD students during their studies. For example, during TNDR Council meetings, TNDR elects representatives of PhD students at various boards. These representatives collect and spread the information about innovations and updates, happening during board meetings.

Below one can see the figure, where schematically illustrated the relation between a PhD student and various univeristy boards, connected via TNDR Council. 

Q:  What about PhD student salary? 

A: Information about PhD salary can be found here:

Q: I would like to meet my representatives, how can I do it?

A: Most of representatives meet during TNDR Council meetings, about once a month. Time and place for such meetings is usually announced by email and posted on the website in calendar and home sections. If the issue is urgent, you may also contact representative directly via email.

Q: I am freshly enrolled PhD student, where can I get overview on PhD studies, what's important?

A: Most of the important information for new PhD students can be found here in two languages: swedish and english. There you can find information and further links about vacations, scholarships, sick leave, teaching, students unions and even about language course (swedish), given for free for PhD students.

Q: I would like to reduce my work time to 80%, how can I do it?

A: Some departments apply a local agreement on flexible working hours. This means that employees have the option of selecting working hours within certain set parameters. Your HR administrator will provide you with more information.

Q: What is needed to graduate at the level of licentiate or PhD? 

A: Licenciate degree: A checklist of expected things can be found at:

Additional to that information about the third cycle education at the university:

PhD: The following checklist contains all information:

Additional to that information about the third cycle education at the university:

Q: Do I need to teach?

A: “Holders of third-cycle studentships (employments as PhD student) may participate in teaching or administrative work at their departments accounting for up to 20 per cent of their full-time schedules, in which case the periods of their studentships(employments as PhD student) will be correspondingly extended”

Taken from:

The extend of teaching is agreed upon the supervisor and doctoral student in the individual study plan. More information can be found here:

Q: How many course credits do I need?

A: This information can be found in the “amnesstudieplan” (subject curriculum) for your program. They are collected here: Comment: Some might not be translated to Swedish yet.

Q: What if I have serious issues with my supervisor(s)?

A: First of all, we hope you will never have such a problematic situation and need to act. If you feel unhappy you can first of all contact someone of TNDR for example, the chair and we can give you another opinion and advice. In the case there is no other option you have the right to change your supervisor: According to the Higher Education Ordinance, a doctoral student may change supervisor if so desired by the student. More information regarding the topic can be found:

And here in section 8:

Q: What are my working conditions and do I have employee benefits?

A: All important information regarding the question can be found at: