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Third-cycle courses

In addition to the thesis itself, doctoral education includes a course component. The range and content of the course component is governed by the general syllabus for the third-cycle subject.

Unless otherwise stated in the course syllabus, third-cycle courses are open to doctoral students regardless of university.

University-wide courses

Mälardalen University offers several university-wide courses at doctoral level. A university-wide offering is intended to promote joint studies across the Schools and subject boundaries and thereby increase the critical mass that doctoral students need during their education.

The university-wide courses are also, subject to availability, open to doctoral students who are admitted to another university.

The purpose of this course is to provide the doctoral students with the opportunity to advance their knowledge about legislation regarding research ethics, research ethical principles and good research practice, as well as related communicative and societal aspects of research

Host School: School of Education, Culture and Communication

Course coordinator: Ulrika Jepson Wigg

Lectures + examination date:

  • 24-03-21 9.15-15.00 Eskilstuna
  • 24-04-18 9.15-15.00 Västerås
  • 24-05-08 9.15-15.00 Eskilstuna
  • 24-05-23 9.15-15.00 Västerås
  • Examination: 24-06-07

Enrolment: Registration to the teacher responsible for the course by e-mail with information about:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Your e-mail
  • Proof of being a Doctoral-student, if you study abroad

Course literature: All literature will be available for download on Canvas.

Number of participants: 25

Language of instruction: English

Course code: FOUK018

Course syllabus: Research Ethics I Pdf, 235.7 kB.

The purpose of this course is to provide the doctoral students with the opportunity to advance their knowledge about the philosophical foundations of research ethics, as well as specific research ethical queries regarding participant-based research, humans and technology, and coproduction.

Host School: School of Education, Culture and Communication

Course coordinator: Ulrika Jepson Wigg

Lectures + examination date: To be announced

Enrolment:  Register here External link.

Course literature: will be available on Canvas after registration

Number of participants: 25 (check syllabus for selection criteria)

Language of instruction: English

Course code: FOUK019

Course syllabus Pdf, 252.3 kB.

Course information in Swedish

Research communication consists of three modules given as individual courses. These courses highlight different areas of research communication in an ever-changing world. The courses have been designed to benefit doctoral students from different research areas and disciplines.

The first course, Contributing to and influencing society as a researcher 2,5 credits, has a more theoretical orientation and is recommended to proceed the other two. The first course addresses situations and consequences where research becomes political, collaboration between academia and society, the role and duty of researchers in society, and media’s role in relation to research.

Host School: School of Health, Care and Social Welfare

Course coordinator: Jonas Stier

Study period: 2024-11-18 – 2024-11-27

Study pace: 100 %

Enrolment: Deadline 30 September 2024. Please contact HVVforskarutbildning@mdu.se

Language of instruction: English

Course code: FHVV021

Course syllabus: Course syllabus Pdf, 185.1 kB.

Research communication consists of three modules given as individual courses. These courses highlight different areas of research communication in an ever-changing world. The courses have been designed to benefit doctoral students from different research areas and disciplines.

Based on the doctoral student's thesis work and own research, the course content and teaching of the second course, Communicating research 2,5 credits, aims to provide in-depth insights into popular science and multimedia research communication as well as to potential collaboration partners both within and outside academia and the challenges associated with this.

Host School: School of Health, Care and Social Welfare

Course coordinator: Jonas Stier

Study period: 2024-11-28 – 2024-12-09

Study pace: 100 %

Enrolment: Deadline 30 September 2024. Please contact HVVforskarutbildning@mdu.se

Language of instruction: English

Course code: FHVV022

Course syllabus: Course syllabus Pdf, 175.8 kB, opens in new window.

Research communication consists of three modules given as individual courses. These courses highlight different areas of research communication in an ever-changing world. The courses have been designed to benefit doctoral students from different research areas and disciplines.

The third course, Genres and target groups 2,5 credits, trains research communication skills, including research-related debate contributions and conference presentations in various fields and subject traditions. The course also includes the completion of debate posts, posts on social media, policy input or educational texts.

Host School: School of Health, Care and Social Welfare

Course coordinator: Jonas Stier

Study period: 2024-12-10 – 2024-12-20

Study pace: 100 %

Enrolment: Deadline 30 September 2024. Please contact HVVforskarutbildning@mdu.se

Language of instruction: English

Course code: FHVV023

Course syllabus: Course syllabus Pdf, 175.7 kB.

The course aims to introduce advanced search strategies and practices, the use of reference management software, and to bibliometrics and other tools that can be used to gain an overview of a research discipline or field.

Host School: School of Education, Culture and Communication

Course coordinator: Karin Molander Danielsson

For enquiries, contact biblioteket.forskarservice@mdu.se

Lectures + examination date:

  • 24-09-04 10:15-12:00 Online
  • 24-09-11 10:15-13:00 Västerås
  • 24-09-18, 10:15-13:00 Eskilstuna
  • 24-09-25 10:15-13:00 Västerås
  • 24-10-02 10:15-12:00 Online
  • Due 24-10-23 Written assignment

Enrolment: Register here External link.

Course literature: Available on Canvas one week before the course starts

Number of participants: 20 (check syllabus for selection criteria)

Language of instruction: English

Course code: FOUK020

Course information in Swedish

Course syllabus Pdf, 270.8 kB.

This course expands on insights from the course The academic article: Genre and form 2.5 credits, and develops skills needed to present and discuss research and research findings authoritatively in English.

Host School: School of Education, Culture and Communication

Course coordinator: Karin Molander Danielsson

Lectures + examination date:

  • 24-11-04 Västerås
  • 24-11-11 Västerås
  • 24-11-18 Västerås
  • 24-11-25 Writing due in Canvas
  • 24-12-02 Västerås
  • 24-12-16 Written assignment

Enrolment: Registration here External link.

Course literature: Swales, J.M. and Feak, C.B. (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills. 3rd edition. University of Michigan Press.

Selected articles and other materials in Canvas.

Number of participants: 15 (Check syllabus for selection criteria).

Language of instruction: English

Course code: FOUK022

Course information in Swedish

Course syllabus Pdf, 220.3 kB.

The course aims to further the doctoral student’s competencies in recognizing, analyzing and selecting an appropriate academic genre and type of organization that best serves the doctoral student’s data and field.

Host School: School of Education, Culture and Communication

Course coordinator: Karin Molander Danielsson

Lectures + examination date: To be announced

Enrolment: Registration is not open

Course literature:

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Language of instruction: English

Course code: FOUK021

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The objective of this course is to provide doctoral students with the opportunity to improve their skills in academic publishing and communication. Furthermore, the course aims to help novice researchers to tackle the complex processes involved in publishing in international academic journals, including selecting suitable venues for publishing in their field, responding to peer-reviews and engaging in editorial and review work. The course also aims at equipping the participants with digital and critical skills in disseminating knowledge within and beyond academia through technology-enhanced tasks.

Host School: School of Education, Culture and Communication

Course coordinator: Karin Molander Danielsson

Lectures + examination date: To be announced

Enrolment: Registration is not open

Course literature:

Number of participants:

Language of instruction: English

Course code: FOUK023

Course syllabus Pdf, 237.6 kB.

The purpose of this course is to provide the doctoral students with the opportunity to advance their knowledge about legislation regarding research ethics, research ethical principles and good research practice, as well as related communicative and societal aspects of research

Host School: School of Education, Culture and Communication

Course coordinator: Ulrika Jepson Wigg

Lectures + examination date: To be announced later

Enrolment: Registration is not open

Course literature: To be announced later

Number of participants:

Language of instruction: English

Course code: FOUK018

Course syllabus: Research Ethics I Pdf, 235.7 kB.

The course aims to introduce doctoral students to central questions related to the production of scientific knowledge, from contemporary and historical points of view. The course also aims to cover different scientific traditions and how they relate to each other.

Course coordinator: Martina Summer Maranius

Study period: 2025-01-13—2025-02-28

Study pace: 50%

Enrolment: Please contact HVVforskarutbildning@mdu.se

Course code: FHVV025

Course syllabus: External link.

The course aims to enable doctoral students to position themselves within a scientific tradition and/or field by developing and communicating their research in multidisciplinary contexts. The course also aims to enable doctoral students to study the relation between scientific research and societal challenges and how different disciplines, actors, and organizations coproduce knowledge.

Course coordinator: Martina Summer Meranius

Study period: 2025-03-03—2025-03-21

Study pace: 50%

Enrolment: Please contact HVVforskarutbildning@mdu.se

Course code: FHVV026

Course syllabus: External link.

Planned University-wide courses

Host School: School of Innovation, Design and Engineering

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Host School: School of Innovation, Design and Engineering

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University library courses

The purpose of the course is for the doctoral student to reach a basic understanding of good research data management and the significance of open science.

The course encompasses:

  • Introduction to open science and research data
  • Introduction to good research data management according to FAIR data principles
  • Developing data management plans, in practice and theory

Scope: Equivalent to 2 credits

Start date: 15 April 2024
End date: 20 May 2024

Course Coordinator: frida.jonsson@mdu.se

Instruction sessions:
15 April from 13:15 to 15:00 – digital lecture
22 April from 13:15 to 15:00 – digital lecture
29 April from 13:15 to 15:00 – workshop, Västerås campus
6 May from 13:15 to 15:00 – seminar, Västerås campus

The course will be conducted in English.

Examination will be in form of a written assignment, as well as active participation in seminars and workshops. Attendance is compulsory.

Course syllabus: Research data for doctoral students in an open science landscapePdf, 220.5 kB. External link.

If you have any questions, please email: biblioteket.forskarservice@mdu.se

The course Publication strategies and Open Access for doctoral students will be held during November 2023.

Course literatur Pdf, 197.9 kB.

The purpose of the course is for the doctoral student to develop a basic understanding of the scientific communications landscape and strategic publishing.

The course encompasses:

  • Scholarly publication and introduction to publication ethics
  • Open Access
  • Publishing strategies, bibliometrics
  • Predatory journals
  • Copyright
  • Publishing database DiVA

Scope: Equivalent to 2 credits

Start date: 4 November 2024
End date: 9 December 2024

Course Coordinator: tord.heljeberg@mdu.se

Instruction sessions:

4 November, 13:15 to 15:00 – digital lecture
11 November, 13:15 to 15:00 – digital lecture
18 November, 13:15 to 15:00 – workshop, Västerås campus
25 November, 13:15 to 15:00 – seminar, Västerås campus

The course will be conducted in English.

Examination will be in form of a written assignment, as well as active participation in seminars and workshops. Attendance is compulsory.

Course syllabus: Publication strategies and Open Access for doctoral students Pdf, 149.5 kB.

Registration is done through an online form:
www.mdu.se/en/malardalen-university/the-university-library/meet-the-library/registration-for-publishing-strategies-and-open-access-publishing-for-doctoral-students External link.

If you have any questions, please email: biblioteket.forskarservice@mdu.se

Computer Science

For information regarding courses at third-cycle level in the third-cycle subject Computer science, please contact the Director of doctoral education Federico Ciccozzi.

Didactics

 

  • Course coordinator: Johannes Rytzler
  • The course is given at half speed
  • Course code: FOUK012

Teaching sessions and examination:

  • Lesson 1: 22 March (10.15 - 15.00)
  • Lesson 2: 5 April (10.15 - 15.00)
  • Lesson 3: 19 April (10.15 - 12.00)
  • Lesson 4: 3 May (10.15 - 12.00)
  • Lesson 5: 17 May (10.15 - 15.00)
  • 13 June: Submission of the writing assignment (INL1)

Enrolment: Registration to the teacher responsible for the course by e-mail with information about:

  • First and last name
  • Male/female
  • date of birth
  • e-mail
  • certificate of doctoral studies, if you are studying at a foreign university.

Course syllabus:

The aim of the course is to critically engage the notion of ‘core practice’ in relation to context and values associated with schooling and the subjects, develop competencies in critical analysis of teacher education content, and develop understanding of principles for design of activities for student teachers

Course coordinator: Iben Christiansen

Teaching sessions and examination:

  • 18th March 2024, 11-16 (face to face, Örebro University)
  • 19th March 2024, 9-12 (face to face, Örebro University)
  • 18th April 2024, 10:30-14:30 (distance or hybrid)
  • 16th May 2024, 10:30-14:30 (distance or hybrid)
  • 10th June 2024, 10:30-14:30 (distance or hybrid)
  • 20th June 2024, deadline for submission of examination task

Enrolment: Registration by e-mail to Iben Christiansen with information about:

  • First and last name
  • A contact email
  • Institutional affiliation (for doctoral students the university at which they are enrolled)
  • For doctoral students, the topic of the dissertation; for teacher educators, their specialization)
  • For doctoral students, and indication of how far they are in the thesis part of their studies; for teacher educators, the main level of the school system for which they prepare teachers
  • A few lines about the relevance of the course to you.

Course code: FOUK017

Course syllabus Pdf, 189.9 kB.

Electronics

For information regarding courses at third-cycle level in the third-cycle subject Electronics, please contact the Director of doctoral education Federico Ciccozzi.

Energy and Enviromental Engineering

Mälardalen University and the Future Energy Center (FEC) will organize a training course on AI-based modeling and optimization for industrial systems. The course comprises ten-day modules on the current state-of-the-art AI-based modeling and optimization methods including application case studies. Special focus is given to educational applications and modeling and optimization for industrial systems.

Course coordinator: Avinash Renuke

Study period: 2024-01-29 - 2024-04-01

Enrolment: Please contact avinash.renuke@mdu.se

Course syllabus Pdf, 397.4 kB.

Course coordinator: Valentin Scheiff

Study period: 2024-03-25 - 2024-06-02

Language: English

Enrolment: Please contact, valentin.scheiff@mdu.se

Course syllabus Pdf, 279 kB.

Course coordinator: Sasan Sadrizadeh

Start date: 2024-04-08

Language: English

Enrolment: Please contact, Sasan Sadrizadeh

Course code: FOES022

Course syllabus Pdf, 238.5 kB.

The purpose of the course is to give the students tools for taking decisions on how to act if they want to commercialize their research results. Different routes will be presented and discussed as well as what to consider.

Course: Project management and commercialization of research results

Scope: 7,5 credits

Start date: 2024-04-15

Language: English

Course coordinator: Erik Dahlquist

Enrolment: Please contact, erik.dahlquist@mdu.se

Course syllabus Pdf, 272.1 kB.

Business administration

For information regarding courses at third-cycle level in the third-cycle subject Business adminsitration, please contact the Director of doctoral education Linda Höglund.

Health and Welfare

The courses are connected to the following research topics:

  • Working Life Studies
  • Public Health Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Work
  • Care Science

The objective of the course is for students to acquire additional indepth knowledge of qualitative methodological approaches applicable to the health and welfare area, as well as of the philosophy of science.

Course coordinator: Lena Wiklund Gustin

Study period: 2024-01-15 - 2024-03-25

Study pace: 50%

Enrolment: Please contact HVVforskarutbildning@mdu.se

Course code: FHVV018

Course syllabus Pdf, 143.6 kB.

The course objective is that students will understand and apply various perspectives, theories and concepts within health and welfare, relate to its complexity, as well as clarify their own knowledge contribution in relation to health and welfare.

Course coordinator: Helena Blomberg

Study period: 2024-09-02 - 2025-06-05

Study pace: Part-time (25%), distance learning

Enrolment: Deadline 31 May. Please contact HVVforskarutbildning@mdu.se

Course code: FHVV020

Course syllabus Pdf, 171.5 kB.

The course aims for students to acquire further in-depth knowledge about collaborative research and how users, their relatives, and professionals can be involved in research and development within psychiatric compulsory care and forensic psychiatric care.

Course coordinator: Helena Blomberg

Study period: 2024-10-14—2024-11-22

Study pace: Part-time (50%)

Enrolment: Please contact HVVforskarutbildning@mdu.se

Course code: FHVV024

Course syllabus: External link.

The course gives an introduction to human-animal studies in social science and the humanities, with a focus on the role of animals in society. Several different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches within the field are dealt with during the course.

Course coordinator: David Redmalm

Enrolment: Please contact HVVforskarutbildning@mdu.se

More information will be published.

Industrial Economics and Organisation

The overall purpose is to provide PhD candidates with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of research in the subject(s) Industrial Economics and Organization and/or Business Administration and about how research is developed through seminar work. The goal is that upon completing the course, the PhD candidates will have broadened their insights about research in Industrial Economics and Organization and/or Business Administration and practiced independent critical review and assessment of new and complex issues. Furthermore, the PhD candidate must have shown the ability to give and receive constructive criticism.

Course coordinators:

Term: flexibel

Course syllabus Pdf, 78.3 kB.

The course aims at offering the Ph.D. candidate contemporary perspectives on digitalization with an emphasis on how digital technology transforms organizations, work and businesses, as well as the society. The course offers theoretical approaches that can be mobilized to produce knowledge on these changes.

Course coordinators: Michela Cozza and Rana Mostaghel,

Period: 22 January 2024 – 8 April 2024

  • 22 January 2024 (10:15-16:00): Introduction (campus Västerås)
  • 5 February 2024 (10:15-16:00): Digitalization, work, and organizing (online and on campus: R1-343)
  • 19 February 2024 (10:15-16:00): Digitalization and business (online)
  • 8 April 2024 (10:15-16:00): Examination (online and on campus: R1-343)

Enrolment: For applying for the course, please contact: estforskningsadministration@mdu.se

Course Syllabus External link.

Course coordinator: Silvia Bruzzone

Study period: 2024-03-14 - 2024-06-11

Language: Engelska

Enrolment: For applying for the course, please contact Silvia Bruzzone

Course code: FOES021

Course Syllabus Pdf, 290 kB.

Industrial Systems

For information regarding courses at third-cycle level in the third-cycle subject Industrial Systems, please contact the Director of doctoral education Ulrika Florin

Innovation and Design

For information regarding courses at third-cycle level in the third-cycle subject Innovation and design, please contact the Director of doctoral Education Ulrika Florin.

Mathematics/Applied Mathematics

In the course, we will present and discuss basic aspects of such numerical techniques as the finite element method and the finite difference method using elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic partial differential equations. Our approach is to integrate naturally the numerical analysis with mathematical analysis of the differential equations. Some modern issues in numerics around the topic will be addressed to as well.

Course coordinator: Sergey Korotov

Lectures + examination date:

  • 02.04.2024 at 15:15-17.00, lecture 1
  • 09.04.2024 at 15:15-17.00, lecture 2
  • 16.04.2024 at 15:15-17.00, lecture 3
  • 23.04.2024 at 15:15-17.00, lecture 4
  • 30.04.2024 at 15:15-17.00, lecture 5
  • 07.05.2024 at 15:15-17.00, lecture 6
  • 14.05.2024 at 15:15-17.00, lecture 7
  • 21.05.2024 at 15:15-17.00, lecture 8
  • Seminar: 03.06.2023 at 13:15-17.00

Enrolment: Inform the course responsible teacher, sergey.korotov@mdu.se, by e-mail with the following data:

  • name
  • male/female
  • date of birth
  • e-mail address
  • proof of being a Doctoral-student (if from abroad)

Literature:

  • Stig Larsson, Vidar Thomee. Partial Differential Equations with Numerical Methods. Springer, 2008.

Course code: FOUK014

Course syllabus Pdf, 124.6 kB.

The course aims to provide research-relevant knowledge of modern algebraic and operator algebraic structures, ideas, concepts and methods important in science and engineering with emphasis on the most important non-commutative and non-associative algebraic structures, non-commutative analysis, operator algebra and representation theory, algebraic analysis and operator methods for solution and symmetry analysis of differential equations, difference equations and integral equations, non-commutative matrix equations and selected applications in science and engineering.

Course coordinator: Sergei Silvestrov

Lectures + examination date:

  • Start February 16 at 13.15
  • March 1 at 13.15
  • March 15 at 13.15
  • April 5 at 13.15
  • April 19 at 13.15
  • May 3 at 13.15
  • May 17 at 13.15 (examination)

Scheduling of the lessons may be adjusted in agreement with the participants.

Enrolment: Inform the course responsible teacher, Sergei Silvestrov, by e-mail with the following data:

  • name
  • male/female
  • date of birth
  • e-mail address
  • proof of being a Doctoral-student (if from abroad)

Literature: Relevant literature will be provided during the course.

Course code: FOUK016

Course syllabus Pdf, 84.8 kB.

Enumerative combinatorics – the art of counting – is a beautiful subject with many applications. Once considered to be a bunch of seemingly unrelated methods, nowadays the subject has a mature theory, the most fundamental parts of which belong to the toolbox of any research mathematician. In this course, the student will be introduced to this theory and learn to master it well enough to be able to solve related problems that may arise in a research context and to communicate about it with mathematical peers.

Course coordinator: Jonas Sjöstrand

Enrolment: Register here External link.

Lectures + examination date:

  • Lectures in Västerås every Monday from Sep 9 to Oct 21 at 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Deadline for written assignment: Oct 31, 2024
  • Zoom lectures every Thursday from Sep 12 to Oct 24 at 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm

Literature:

  • Richard Stanley, Enumerative Combinatorics, volume 1, second edition, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Jonas Sjöstrand, Generating functions, freely available to course participants as a PDF file.

Number of participants: 30 (check syllabus for selection criteria)

Language of instruction: English

Course code: FOUK024

Course syllabus Pdf, 190.4 kB.

Course information in Swedish