Supervising PhD students (Forskarhandledarutbildningen)

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The university offers the course Supervising PhD students (Forskarhandledarutbildningen) in both Swedish and English. The English course runs in spring semesters. The course is aimed at employees at the university and Region Örebro County but we also welcome external applicants.

The purpose of the course is collegial development of knowledge about research supervision and to contribute to the development of a good supervisory and postgraduate culture at the university. 

The course comprises two parts or perspectives. One is the public mission of PhD study in Sweden; that is, the role the development of research plays in society and the public domain and how it is regulated both nationally by the Higher Education Act and Ordinance and locally at Örebro University. The other is the educational mission of the PhD supervisor, and more precisely the challenges, opportunities and problems that he or she faces in the supervision context.

 

The course is planned to cover 120 hours of work (roughly the equivalent of 5 hp). This
includes six full-day teaching sessions and another nine days of independent work on the course tasks.

Eligible applicants must hold a valid doctoral degree.

Applicants are offered a place on the course on a first-come, first-served basis provided a complete application has been submitted which the applicant’s head or director has approved. Note that the application may close before the deadline if the course fills up. In case of too few applicants the course may be cancelled. 

Please note that you must be able to attend the first two days of the course in full in order to be accepted onto the course. The remaining four sessions may be made up for at another time within two years from the starting semester. 

Supervising PhD students

Qualifying course for PhD supervisors, 3 weeks (120 hours)
(Forskarhandledarutbildningen)


1 GENERAL

The course targets supervisors, and those intending to take on the role as supervisor,
on the PhD programmes at Örebro University and Region Örebro County. Applicants
from other higher education institutions may also be considered.
The course is offered in both Swedish and English.

1.1 Approval

The course was approved by the director of the Centre for Academic Development on
30 September 2019.

1.2 Course aims

The course aims to

  • foster the development of collegially shared knowledge about research supervision;
    and
  • contribute to the development of a good supervisory and postgraduate culture at Örebro University.


An important basis for this exchange of knowledge is the experience that participants bring to the course. Such experiences are deepened and developed through lectures, seminars and discussions about the course tasks and set texts.


2 THE COURSE

2.1 Course content

The course comprises two parts or perspectives. One is the public mission of PhD study in Sweden; that is, the role the development of research plays in society and the public domain and how it is regulated both nationally by the Higher Education Act and Ordinance and locally at Örebro University. The other is the educational mission of the PhD supervisor, and more precisely the challenges, opportunities and problems that he or she faces in the supervision context.

The course is planned to cover 120 hours of work (roughly the equivalent of 5 hp). This
includes six full-day teaching sessions and another nine days of independent work on the course tasks.

The public mission

  • The history and public significance of research and PhD study, with a focus on the Swedish context.
  • Current policy and public goals for postgraduate research and study.
  • The regulatory framework for postgraduate study nationally and locally, and
    working conditions for research students.
  • Regulations for individual study plans for research students.

The educational mission – a social contract

  • The practical organisation of PhD study.
  • Research ethics in theory and practice.
  • Communication between supervisor and research student.
  • The relationship between main supervisor, co-supervisor and research student.
  • The role of the supervisory community, research environments and research culture more generally.
  • What happens after the PhD?
  • The significance of gender and cultural diversity in the supervisory context.
  • Leadership and collegiality, power relations and conflict resolution.
  • The plurality of PhD study: different research traditions and cultures; funding sources and opportunities; and access to research schools and environments.

2.2 Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
Participants will develop

  • knowledge and understanding of PhD supervision as a process; and
  • knowledge and understanding of various aspects of the relationship between supervisor and PhD student.

Competence and skills
Participants will develop

  • the competence and skills to practise good PhD supervision; and
  • the competence and skills to contribute to a good supervisory culture at their
    university.

Judgement and approach
Participants will develop

  • a reflective approach to their supervisory role and to the relationship between
    supervisor and PhD student.

2.3 Teaching formats

Teaching is mainly in the form of seminars, however, there may also be some lectures.
Attendance is compulsory. Should a participant miss out on a session, they may attend
it the next time the course is offered, however, they must do so within two years. This
does not apply to attendance at the first two course sessions. For these, attendance is
compulsory during the same semester as when the participant started the course. If the attendance requirement has not been met within two years of the participant starting the course, they are required to take the entire course again.

2.4 Examination

To get a course certificate you are required to attend all sessions of the course and to complete
the three course tasks. Attendance at the first two days is obligatory to be able to take the course in that semester. Any missed session(s) after that point can be made up for by attendance at the equivalent session(s) in a subsequent semester.

Verbal presentations need to be in English, but written work can be submitted in either English or Swedish.

2.5 Literature

A suggested reading list of current literature on PhD supervision will be provided shortly before the start of the course. Participants will choose a book-length study from this list to read during the course.


3 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants who have been awarded a PhD degree.


4 APPLICANT PRIORITY

No priority is given. Applicants are offered a place in the course as long as there are
places left and a complete application reaches the university together with a
confirmation from the applicants’ head or director.

Read the whole course plan in pdf.

 

The course may be offered digitally or on site on campus, depending on the situation with Covid-19 during the spring of 2021. Course dates spring semester 2021: 

  • 18 March (mandatory session)
  • 25 March (mandatory session)
  • 15 April
  • 22 April
  • 6 May
  • 27 May

NB! The course is offered in English during spring semesters and Swedish in autumn semesters.

The course is funded centrally for employees at Örebro University. Cancellation after the deadline for applications, without special circumstances, will incur an administrative fee of 2000 SEK. 

For external applicants the course fee is 9000 SEK (ex VAT) for the whole course. The same cancellation rules apply for external applicants. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process, feel free to contact us at This is an email address

 

For questions regarding the course content please contact Kristin Ewins at This is an email address or telephone 019-30 38 73.

For questions regarding practical issues such as the application, location, invoicing, please contact Anna Asplund at This is an email address or telephone 019-30 37 84.

The application form is open 13 October - 15 January at the latest.