Step 2: From doctoral student to PhD

The second step is open to doctoral students in the second half of their doctoral education. The focus is on the doctoral students’ ability to manage stress and demands in the later stage of the education, as well as prepare for the next career step.

The Development programme for doctoral students lays the foundation for a long and sustainable working life in the academic community. The programme is designed for doctoral students at Umeå University and their supervisors, with both joint sessions and separate sessions.

The teaching consists of a combination of introductory lectures, seminars, and workshops where examples are taken from the doctoral students' own context. 

The whole programme is provided in English.

Step 2 for doctoral students

Content

Step 2: From doctoral student to PhD targets doctoral students during the second half of the education, i.e. after the mid-seminar or licenciate seminar.

The aim of this step is to provide doctoral students with tools to handle difficult situations that may arise in the doctoral education and increase the opportunities for a continued career after the doctoral education.

Step 2 consists of four integrated seminars/themes with focus on

  • taking care of yourself and your abilities
  • creating balance between your achievements and the demands placed on you
  • entering the final phase
  • finishing one career step and starting the next.

The themes thus help to develop the doctoral students' awareness and ability to better manage the ups and downs of the doctoral education and contributes to the doctoral students' transition to a career after the doctoral education.

Expected outcomes

 After having completed the second step of the programme, participants should:

  • have a better understanding of the importance of setting boundaries and managing stress
  • have developed strategies to work in a more efficient and effective way
  • have developed self-awareness and ability to reflect on the prerequisites that affect their transition to the next career step
  • have developed an action plan for their continued career.

Form of instruction

Step 2 consists of four three-hour sessions, i.e., 12 hours in total.

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

Individuals with broad expertise in psychology and extensive experience of doctoral students' unique work environment and work conditions teach this module.

Schedule for the upcoming course offering

Seminar 1: To take care of yourself and your abilities

Date: November the 9th 2021
Time: 09.00-12.00
Place: Universitetsklubben*

Seminar 2: To create balance between your achievements and the demands placed on you

Date: November the 16th 2021
Time: 09.00-12.00
Place: Universitetsklubben*

Seminar 3: To enter the final phase

Date: November the 23rd 2021
Time: 09.00-12.00
Place: Universitetsklubben*

Seminar 4: To finish one career step and start the next

Date: November the 30th 2021
Time: 09.00-12.00
Place: Universitetsklubben*

* If pandemic related restrictions, or local decisions, prevent the seminars from being given in physical form, seminars will be held digitally.

Step 2 for supervisors

Content

For supervisors, Step2 provides tools and practical advice to increase the doctoral students' ability to handle difficult situations that may arise in the doctoral education and thus enable a continued career after the doctoral education.

It consists of two integrated seminars/themes with focus on

  1. upholding the doctoral students' balance
  2. suporting doctoral students in the final phase.

In addition to the two seminars, supervisors are also together with their doctoral students expected to participate in a brief concluding reflection seminar.

Expected outcomes

After having completed Step 2, supervisors should have acquired tools and practical advice to:

  • better support their doctoral students in difficult situations that may arise in the doctoral education
  • better support their doctoral students to work in a more efficient and effective way
  • increase the opportunities for doctoral students to manage their role as a researcher and thus enable a continued career after the doctoral education.

Form of instruction

The teaching consists of a combination of introductory lectures and discussions. As part of the training, supervisors are expected to support and to some extent work with preparatory assignments and home assignments together with their doctoral students.

Individuals with broad expertise in psychology and extensive experience of doctoral students' unique work environment and work conditions teach this module.

Schedule for the upcoming course offering

Seminar 1 for supervisors: To uphold the doctoral students' balance
Date: November the 8th 2021
Time: 10:00-12:00
Place: Universitetsklubben*

Seminar 2 for supervisors: To support doctoral students in the final phase
Date: November the 22nd 2021
Time: 10:00-12:00
Place: Universitetsklubben*

Seminar 3 for supervisors: Follow-up and reflection
Date: November the 30th 2021
Time: 11:00-12:00
Place: Walk and Talk (meet at Universitetsklubben)*

* If pandemic related restrictions, or local decisions, prevent the seminars from being given in physical form, seminars will be held digitally.

Frequently asked questions

» Who can take the programme?

» Why should I take the development programme for doctoral students?

» What is the programme set up?

for more information, please contact

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

Application form

Apply now for the next Development programme for doctoral students.

Application deadline for step 1: Monday August the 30th 2021

Application deadline for step 2: Monday October the 25th 2021

Apply

Step 1 starts in September 2021
Step 2 starts in November 2021

You do not need to have taken the previous module to apply for the following one.

Jonas Lidström
3/4/2021