Research schools

Last changed: 26 January 2018

The research schools at SLU organise courses, seminars and workshops. The majority of them are transdisciplinary and/or thematically organised.

Many of SLU's research schools are run in cooperation with industry or organisations outside the university.

You can see a list over courses currently offered by the research schools by searching for Research School courses in the university's PhD course database.

Definition - research schools at SLU


A research school at SLU is an organisation that does not need to follow the regular departmental and faculty structure.
It is usually thematically defined, and provides educational activities in the form of courses or seminars, workshops, networking events and field trips that are relevant and valuable to doctoral students from different departments and faculties. The education offered should be of a high, international level. Networking is important, and a research school may have close interaction with external stakeholders and with other Swedish and international universities.

Each research school shapes its activities according to its disciplinary/thematic boundaries. Research school activities should also be designed with the general degree learning outcomes in mind.

A steering group, including a coordinator and graduate student representatives, or a coordinator group complemented by a reference group, decides which activities will be offered.

A research school has a budget to fund its activities and one or more part-time coordinators. However, the school does not  fund students' livelihood or their thesis work. Funding for coordination and operational activities normally comes from the faculty board, and sometimes from external sponsors.

Usually there is a core group of doctoral students whose thesis work fits in well with the school's theme, and who benefit from most activities. Other students may prefer to take part in the activities of several different graduate schools.

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