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Supervisory Qualification Programme (SQP)

The PhD-Supervisory Qualification Programme at UiS is offered to academic employees from all faculties at the UiS. Each spring, 36 participants, both potential, new and experienced supervisors, complete the course.

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UiS PhD-Supervisory Qualification Programme

The goal of the course is to provide knowledge and skills that qualify and provide security for new PhD supervisors, while simultaneously providing experienced supervisors with tools and inspiration to do an even better job.

Course structure

The course consists of three modules, each with two full-day sessions held in Sola Strand Hotel, outside Stavanger. The sessions run from 09.00 to 16.00. The course modules are all placed within one semester. The course is open for employees from all faculties at the UiS.


The course is offered once a year. The course details will be published on the university intra-net (ansatt.uis.no), and by e-mail to the departments and faculties. The announcements will outline application procedures in detail.

Target group

Academic staff at the UiS.


Applicants must have a doctoral degree or an equivalent qualification. The applicant will benefit more from the course if they already are doing some supervision (or have done some).



Workload and participation

The course implies a high degree of activity from the participants, and when applying for the course, participants must confirm that they will be present at all sessions. The three modules and the assignments before and between the modules is estimated to a workload of approximately 100 hours.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the participant should have knowledge of:

  • Research education in national and international contexts
  • Regulations and ethics relevant for research and supervision
  • Different supervision approaches
  • Relationship building and communication in supervision

The participant should be able to:

  • Plan and carry out individualized supervision
  • Facilitate a working relationship when supervising in pairs
  • Elaborate on the role and responsibilities of a supervisor and how these change during the course of a PhD-project.
  • Work within a scholarly framework to propose approaches to manage commonly occurring conflicts in connection with research education.

The participant should gain a general competence to:

  • Identify challenges and reflect upon the role as a supervisor
  • Place themselves as research supervisors in a local, historical and international context
  • Discuss commonly occurring ethical and legal issues associated with doctoral supervision

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods will include lectures, case work, group work and individual assignments. Active participation is expected. The course content follows two interrelated workflows, where each day is divided between an overall topic and its corresponding theme related to the different phases in the process from starting to finishing a PhD-project. See below for more details on this.

Academic content

Module 1) To be a supervisor

              a) Research training in national and international context

              b) Approaches to supervision and the supervisor’s role

              c) Regulations and guidelines for research ethics

PhD-process     I: Recruitment and selection

                                           II: Role clarification

Module 2) Communication and collaboration

              a) A professional relationship

              b) Challenges: Motivation, abilities and opportunities during the process

              c) Handling cultural diversities

              d) Conflict management

PhD-process     III: Building and maintaining relationships

                                          IV: Monitoring and mentoring progress

3) Supervision and the PhD as part of the organizational framework:

              a) Supervising the writing process

              b) Formal, informal and non-formal organizing elements of the PhD and their influence on   doctoral supervision

              c) Learning contexts in doctoral education

PhD-process     V: Developing texts and thesis

                                VI: Performing revisions and dissemination

Requirement for course approval

  • Participation on all three modules. Lost modules cannot be re-taken at a later stage, as the entire course must be completed within one semester.
  • Completing the preparations and assignments between the sessions

Course certificate

The course certificate is awarded after satisfactory completing all three modules and the requirements for the assignments. After completing the course the participants are qualified to supervise PhD candidates in compliance with §7-1 in “Forskrift for graden philosophia doctor ved Universitetet i Stavanger”.

UiS PhD-Supervisory Qualification Programme 2022

All modules will be held at Sola Strand Hotel 

Module 1: 9 - 10 February

Both days: 0830 - 1600 

Module 2: 28 - 29 April  

Both days: 0830 - 1600

Module 3: 9 - 10 June 

Both days: 0830 - 1600

Literature, course material and assignments

Participants will receive course material and practical information approximately three weeks prior to the first course day. Practical information will also be published in the Teams group for participants.

  • Taylor et al (2018), A handbook for doctoral supervision, 2nd edtition, Routledge ISBN 978-1-138-19479-3
  • Anne Lee (2012), Successful research supervision: Advising students doing research, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-66353-3

Course coordinator: Professor Trude Furunes, The Faculty of Social Sciences

Administrative coordinator: Marit Fosse, Central Research Department

The course is lead by by a group of academic UiS-staff and mainly run by using internal lecturers covering different topics of their expertise. The following lecturers will be teaching the course in 2022:

Academic staff

Professor Trude Furunes, The Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Per Dahl, Faculty of Performing Arts

Professor Kristin Armstrong-Oma, Museum of Archaeology

Professor Eric Christian Brun, Faculty of Science and Technology

Professor Bjørn Ivar Kruke, Faculty of Science and Technology

Professor Ingunn Studsrød, Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Atle Skaftun, Faculty of Humanities

Professor, Kolbjørn K. Brønnick, Faculty of Health Sciences