A preparatory course gives an advanced introduction to a relevant topic, with the purpose to provide necessary knowledge to pursue research in the areas defined by the ACCESS research environment. Preparatory courses are presented on a regular basis; nominally at an interval of at most two years. The preparatory courses can also be open to final-year students in relevant engineering and master programs. In these cases, the responsible teacher may formalize appropriate entrance requirements in terms of prerequisites and grades, to open the ACCESS graduate school courses only to well-motivated undergraduate students that are likely to become ACCESS graduate students.
A specialized course is directed toward Ph.D. students that are well underway in their studies, and cover advanced topics, better tailored to the specialized fields of research in the general area of the ACCESS research environment. These courses will not necessarily be presented on a regular basis, however the goal of the ACCESS graduate school will be to offer a particular specialized course at least every three years.
An intensive course is presented at a high pace over a relatively short period of time (1 day to 3 weeks), typically by a visiting scientist or guest professor.
The ACCESS graduate school summer school is presented annually (June) in cooperation with the GST. For the summer school, the attending students and teachers travel to a conference location (in the vicinity of Stockholm) for the duration of one week. The summer school has two main goals: 1) to treat a cross-disciplinary topic, and 2) to let students build professional networks. Each year the topic of the summer school will be selected to focus at bridging the different research disciplines within the ACCESS environment.
For more information about the different course categories, see the internal site.