Degree Outcomes

The WISE Graduate School provides the students with the skills needed to become a leader in materials research for sustainability.

To meet the ambitious goals of the program, the WISE graduate school offers a general course on sustainable development, mandatory for all PhD students and also ample opportunities to interact with and learn from senior researchers and engineers from both industry and academia. The education leads to a PhD degree, with the following degree outcomes.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate broad knowledge and systematic understanding in the field of materials science for sustainable development.
  • Demonstrate advanced and up-to-date specialized knowledge in a limited area of this field.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with research methodology in general and the methods of the specific field of research in particular.


Competence and skills

  • Demonstrate the capacity for scholarly analysis and synthesis as well as to review and assess new and complex phenomena, issues and situations autonomously and critically.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues with scholarly precision critically, autonomously and creatively, and to plan and use appropriate methods to undertake research and other qualified tasks within predetermined time frames and to review and evaluate such work.
  • Demonstrate through a dissertation the ability to make a significant contribution to the formation of knowledge through his or her own research.
  • Demonstrate the ability in both national and international contexts to present and discuss research and research findings authoritatively in speech and writing and in dialogue with the academic community and society in general.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify the need for further knowledge and the capacity to contribute to social development and support the learning of others both through research and education and in some other qualified professional capacity.

Judgement and approach

  • Demonstrate intellectual autonomy and disciplinary rectitude as well as the ability to make assessments of research ethics.
  • Demonstrate specialised insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used.