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LH207V Doctoral Supervision 3.0 credits

The course LH207V Research supervision, 3 hp, is customized for research supervisors at KTH. It gives academic credits and is a part of the course package on teaching and learning in higher education.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 course for KTH staff

Target group

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P1 (1.5 hp), P2 (1.5 hp)


26 Aug 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

15 - 45

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 course for KTH staff

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 course for KTH staff


Kristina Edström (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus LH207V (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The overall aim of the course is that you should be able to reflect on and develop in your role as doctoral supervisor.

The main themes of the course are:

- The supervisor role

- Framework and regulations of doctoral education in Sweden

- Quality in doctoral education

- Doctoral student - supervisor relationship

- Communication and intercultural competence

- Equality and diversity

- Ethical aspects of research and doctoral education

Intended learning outcomes

After successfully completed the course, you should be able to:

- Discuss the existing framework regarding doctoral education in Sweden and apply KTH’s rules and regulations, as well as reflect upon local traditions.

- Discuss and reflect upon doctoral students’ learning and development in relation to own and other’s experiences and relevant literature. 

- Demonstrate a reflective approach to the role as supervisor, the relationship to the doctoral student, as well as to issues of value, such as ethics, equality and diversity.

-                     Discuss and suggest appropriate strategies to plan, follow up and give feedback on the research process and the doctoral student’s development.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course is for research supervisors at KTH with some previous experience.

Recommended prerequisites

The course is made for those who have supervised at least one doctoral student for at least a year.


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Kurslitteraturen består av utdrag ur ett par böcker och kompletterande vetenskapliga artiklar och annat textmaterial. Information om kurslitteratur ges senast en vecka innan kursstart.

The course literature consist of excerpts from books and research articles. Information about the literature is published at the latest one week before the course starts.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

INL1 3,0 hp. Individual written assignment. Grading scale: P, F

Other requirements for final grade

Requirements in order to pass the course:

It is mandatory to participate at the two away-days (internatet). Courseparticipants who cannot participate will be offered to participate at the next course offering. In addition, to pass the course, active attendance at 80% of the course meetings. Courseparticipants will be offered to do small compensating assignments for the missed session.

Courseparticipant who has a documented disability that will affect the ability to complete the examination, has the right to, after agreement with the course examiner, an adapted examination.

Courseparticipant should inform the course leader in advance regarding special needs. 

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Technology and Learning

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

3 credits corresponds to 80 hours workload. In addition to the scheduled time you will do about 45 hours of work, in terms of literature and preparations for meetings, and a larger final assessment task.

Note! Register for the course only if you can attend the meetings and do the required work outside scheduled hours.


Kristina Edström (

Supplementary information

Course content:

  • The framework for doctoral education
  • Quality in doctoral education
  • The ”how to” of supervision
  • The goal is an independent researcher
  • Diversity
  • Leadership and relation
  • Supporting the development of research skills
  • Getting finished
  • Supervision philosophy statements

The course is tailored for teachers at KTH. It is included in course offerings that meet KTH's requirement of 15 credits in university teaching for employment or promotion to a teaching position.