Introductory Doctoral Supervision Course

This course is obligatory for all who wish to be registered as a principal doctoral supervisor and who has not previously acted as a principal supervisor for at least one doctoral student who has gained a Swedish doctorate.

Aims and content

The aim of the course is to prepare participants for the role of supervisor and to provide insight into the responsibilities that it entails. Participants will be provided with ample opportunity to discuss various aspects of the role and will be given a solid grounding on the rules pertaining to doctoral supervision and on how to deal with different educational phases and problems.

The course includes the following:

  • Supervision; roles, responsibilities and communication
  • The supervisor and some legal arenas
  • Research ethics
  • Diversity and equal treatment
  • Intercultural communication
  • Doctoral education at KI
  • Intended learning outcomes
  • Rules for doctoral education at KI
  • Recruiting a doctoral student
  • Written assignment


The duration of the course corresponds to one week of full-time study, comprising four full days of lectures and group work, and concluding with an individual written assignment, Supervision plan. A web course is to be completed before the course start.

To meet different requirements and needs, the course is either held continuously over one week (5 days including the examinations tasks).

Eligibility and selection

The course is for active researchers at KI (or one of its partner universities) who hold a PhD. The web course should be implemented successfully before the start of the Introductory Doctoral Supervision Course.

Priority will be given to researchers who have not yet acted as principal supervisor for at least one graduating doctoral student and who will be registered as principal supervisor within the coming six months.

Web course

To be qualified to take the Introductory Doctoral Supervision Course you have to do the web course "Web Course for Supervisors" . You will find the web course in Canvas. To get access to the web course, please contact the Education officer.

The Board of Doctoral Education has therefore decided to impose the requirement that as of 1 April 2016, all principal supervisors are to have obtained a passing score on the online course for supervisors no earlier than 5 years prior to accepting a new student.

More information about the web course.

Number of participants

The maximum number of participants is 32.

Courses autumn 2024

GK3 - 16-19 September 

Language: English

at Campus

Registration will open in March

Register here

Registration period: March 15th -> April 15th

GK4 - 18-21 November

Language: English

at Campus

Registration will open in April

Register here

Registration period: April 16th - August 20th

Courses spring 2024

GK1  - 4-7 March at Campus Solna

Language: English

Course dates: 4-7 March

Registration is closed

Registration period: September 15th -> November 30th


GK2 - 20-23 May at Campus Flemingsberg

Language: English

Course dates: 20-23 May

Registration is closed 

Register for the waiting list here 
(we will contact you if a place will be available)

Registration period: December 14th -> January 20th

Course leaders

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Gabrielle Paulsson-Berne

Educational Developer


Elisabet Lindgren

Education Officer
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