Final phase doctoral students: From doctoral student to PhD

This is module 3 of the Development programme for doctoral students aimed at doctoral students who have reached the final phase of their doctoral education (term 7 and onwards) 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 3 aims to increase the opportunities for doctoral students to cope with the role as a researcher and thus allow for a continued career after the doctoral education. The module is open to doctoral students at the final phase of the doctoral education (term 7 and onwards) and consists of three integrated seminars/themes with focus on:

  1. entering the final phase
  2. keeping going with your eyes set on the target
  3. finishing one career step and starting the next

The module thereby contributes to the doctoral students' transition to a career after the doctoral education.

Expected outcome

After having completed the module, participants should:

  • Have developed self-awareness of the strengths and weaknesses that will affect their transition to the next career step.
  • Have the ability to reflect on and evaluate their position as a doctoral student in the final phase of the doctoral education.
  • Have developed an action plan for their continued career.

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

Entering the final phase
For doctoral students module 3

Keeping going with your eyes set on the target
For doctoral students module 3

Finishing one career step and starting the next
For doctoral students module 3

Scheduled sessions for supervisors of "Final phase 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

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To support doctoral students in the final phase
For supervisors in module 3

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 3 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