Early stage doctoral students: The doctoral student’s role

This is module 1 of the Development programme for doctoral students aimed at doctoral students who are at an early stage of their doctoral education (terms 1–2) and is undertaken in collaboration with your supervisor.

The module encompasses a total of ten hours for doctoral students and five hours for supervisors.

Module content

Module 1 aims to strengthen the doctoral students' ability to lead themselves and manage the requirements and expectations that the doctoral education entails. The module is open to doctoral students at an early stage of the doctoral education (terms 1–2) and consists of three integrated seminars/themes with focus on:

  1. Facing new conditions and demands
  2. Accessing one's abilities and finding strategies to develop them
  3. Meeting and managing difficult situations

The module thus helps to develop an understanding of the doctoral student's role in its context.

Expected outcome

After having completed the module, participants should:

  • Have a basic understanding of the occasionally conflicting goals and expectations that the doctoral education entails.
  • Have developed an understanding of stress management and the importance of balance and recovery.
  • Have developed self-awareness and an ability to manage challenging situations.

Form of instruction

This module is held by professionals with broad expertise in psychology and extensive experience of doctoral students' unique work environment and work conditions. The teaching consists of a combination of introductory lectures, seminars, and workshops where examples are taken from the doctoral students' own context.

As part of the training, participants are expected to work with preparatory assignments and home assignments, partly in interaction with their supervisor.

Scheduled sessions for doctoral students

Introduction – Development programme for doctoral students
For all doctoral students and supervisors

Facing new conditions and demands
For doctoral students module 1

Accessing one's abilities and finding strategies to develop them
For doctoral students module 1

Meeting and managing difficult situations
For doctoral students module 1

Scheduled sessions for supervisors of "Early stage doctoral students"

Introduction – Development programme for doctoral students
For all doctoral students and supervisors

Organisational and social work environment
For all supervisors modules 1–3

Read more about the seminar

To lead without being a manager
For supervisors in module 1

Read more about the seminar

Apply to the programme

Before applying to the programme, you must have received consent from one of your supervisors who will also take the programme with you.

Dates for when Module 1 will next be offered have not yet been set. If you would like to submit your interest in participating, please fill out the application form and you will be contacted when the dates have been set.

Application form

for more information, please contact

Mattias Jacobsson
mattias.jacobsson@umu.se
+46 90-786 61 47

Interested in participating?

Submit an expression of interest to participate in the next round of the Development programme for doctoral students. Preliminary start in spring 2020.

To the application form

Mattias Jacobsson
6/19/2019