Course Supervision Challenges in PhD Education

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A large portion of the PhD education in Sweden is dedicated to courses. This made it interesting to explore potential course supervision challenges in the PhD programme. A multiple-case study was conducted to identify such challenges and explore how these are perceived by students and supervisors at the Faculty of Engineering of Lund University. By interviewing students and supervisors in five different research groups, insights were gained into how the main stakeholders reason about courses. The findings indicate that courses that are to be included in the education are characterized by a large degree of freedom tailored to individual student needs and preferences. However, the type, timing, availability, value, and convalidation of courses are challenges that limit this freedom.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
  • Control Engineering
  • Transport Systems and Logistics
  • Other Mechanical Engineering


  • Supervision, Education, Courses, SoTL, Technology and Engineering, Packaging logistics
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
EventLTHs 7:e Pedagogiska Inspirationskonferens, 2012 - Lund, Lund, Sweden
Duration: 2012 Aug 302012 Aug 30


ConferenceLTHs 7:e Pedagogiska Inspirationskonferens, 2012

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