Half way doctoral students: Doctoral students and their work environment

This is module 2 of the Development programme for doctoral students aimed at doctoral students who are half way through their doctoral education (terms 3–6) and is undertaken in collaboration with supervisors.

The module encompasses a total of nine hours for doctoral students and five hours for supervisors. All sessions are held in English.

Module content

Module 2 aims to give doctoral students tools to handle difficult situations that may arise in the doctoral education. The module is open to doctoral students at a later stage of the doctoral education (terms 3–6) and consists of three integrated seminars/themes with focus on:

  1. balancing the doctoral education with private life
  2. creating balance between your achievements and the demands placed on you
  3. taking care of yourself and your abilities

The module thus helps to develop the doctoral students' awareness and ability to better manage the ups and downs of the doctoral education.

Expected outcome

After having completed the module, participants should:

  • Have developed an ability to find a good work-life balance.
  • Have developed strategies to work in a more efficient and effective way.
  • Have a better understanding of the importance of setting boundaries and managing stress.

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 and seminar 1: Balancing doctoral education with private life
Date: 24 January 2020
Time: 09:00–12:00
Place: S302, the Social Sciences Building

Seminar 2: Creating balance between your achievements and the demands placed on you
Date: 7 February 2020
Time: 09:00–12:00
Place: Universitetsklubben, Universum

Seminar 3: Taking care of yourself and your abilities
Date: 21 February 2020
Time: 09:00–12:00 (final hour together with supervisors)
Place: Universitetsklubben, Universum

Scheduled sessions for supervisors of "Module 2: Half way doctoral students"

Introduction and supervisor seminar 1: To uphold the doctoral students' balance
Date: 23 January 2020
Time: 10:00–12:00
Place: Universitetsklubben, Universum

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Supervisor seminar 2: Doctoral students' work environment
27 January 2020
Time: 10:00–12:00
Place: Universitetsklubben, Universum

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Supervisor seminar 3: Follow-up and reflection
Date: 21 February 2020
Time: 11:00–12:00 (together with the doctoral students)
Place: Universitetsklubben, Universum

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.

Application form 

for more information, please contact

Mattias Jacobsson
+46 90-786 61 47

APPLication form

Apply now for the next Development programme for doctoral students.

Module 2 starts in Januari 2020
Module 3 starts in November 2020
Module 1 starts in September 2020

You do not need to have taken the previous module to apply for the following one. However, it is recommended to start with module 1.


Mattias Jacobsson