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 two full-days seminars  and four half- days seminars 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 two weeks full time studies, 3 credits.


Schedule Spring2020

Course dates Time Venue
27 January 9-16 *Online seminar
28 January 9-16 *Online seminar
9 February 13-16 *Online seminar
10 February 9-12 *Online seminar
25 February 13-16 *Online seminar
26 February 9-12 *Online seminar
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* Seminars spring 2021 are held as E-meetings in Zoom

To participate you will need:

Course leaders Maria Weurlander, Associate Professor at The Department of Education and Maria Olson, Professor at The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education


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.

After accepting your place on the course your application to the course is binding. In case of cancellation after this point your department will be debited a cancellation fee of 2 500 SEK. By signing up you confirm that your registration is approved by the Head of (your) Department or equivalent.


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 Spring 2021 is Oktober 15  to November 15. Notification of offered seats at the course is given in week 48.

Applications received after November 15 will only be considered in the case of vacancies on the course.


Registration for the course Research supervision — theory and practice Spring 2021

The course is fully booked, but it is still possible to sign up on the waiting list