About the course

During the course participants will reflect on what one does as a supervisor and discuss various ways to improve the supervision in order to facilitate doctoral students’ learning and development. Course participants will discuss with colleagues from different academic subjects and disciplines, and gain more insights into disciplinary and local traditions. The course will also offer lectures and seminars during which various aspects of doctoral supervision is highlighted. Practical exercises and case seminars are also included in the course. All course meetings and seminars will be held on Zoom.

Topics will include

  • The supervisor role and responsibilities
  • Facilitating doctoral students’ learning and development
  • Rules and regulations regarding doctoral education at Stockholm University
  • Ethics, gender and equality in supervision


The course involves four full-days where participants from different faculties and disciplines meet on Zoom to critically reflect on and discuss aspects of interest for doctoral supervision at Stockholm University. Course participants are expected to prepare each course day by reading course literature and write course assignments. The course corresponds to three weeks full time, 3 credits.

Schedule Autumn 2020

Course dates

3-4 November, 19 November and 10 December

All days 9-16
Venue/Find your way to

E-meetings in Zoom

To participate you will need:

Course leaders

Maria Weurlander, Department of Education

Ulf Mörkenstam, Department of Political Science



Participants who have completed the course will be given a certificate.

Admisson and Course Fee

Participants must have doctoral degree (or equivalent) and be employed at Stockholm University or another university or university college. Applicants employed at Stockholm University will be given priority.

12,500 SEK/participant. Normally the fee is covered by the participant's faculty or department. Please note that it is the responsibility of each participant to find out how the fee is paid and to ensure that the fee is actually paid. After accepting your place on the course, application to the course is binding and the fee is nonrefundable.

Selection process

If there are more applicants than available places in the course we will make a selection of the applicants. It is therefore of the outmost importance that you fill in your application as completely as possible

The main criteria of admission is the date of application. We also prioritize applicants who have previously applied for this course but did not get a place. We also take into consideration that participants are evenly distributed regarding faculties, gender and experience in research supervision.

In the selection we also take into consideration the following criteria

  • Applicants with experience in research supervision in cases where there is a lack among the other participants.
  • Applicants who will be supervising doctoral students parallel to the course

Application period

Application period for autumn 2020 is April 21 to May 21.

Applications received after May 21 will only be considered in the case of vacancies on the course.

Registration for the course Research supervision — theory and practice Autumn 2020