Graduate schools create inspiring environments for doctoral students through cooperation between several higher education institutions (HEIs) and often even in several subjects .

Graduate schools can be built up and organised in many different ways. The advantages they offer to doctoral students are the strength of supervision, a wider range of courses through cooperation between HEIs on courses and seminars, interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary elements to education through cooperation between subjects and the potential to make use of national and international networks. Their ambition is to improve the quality of third-cycle education and to create good conditions for doctoral students to have lifelong careers.

The first national investment in graduate schools and graduate education came in the beginning of the 2000s when the Swedish government established 16 national graduate schools. Each graduate school has a host university that is responsible for it, as well as a number of partner universities.

Graduate schools for teachers

The government has on two separate occasions allocated funding for a total of 24 graduate schools for working teachers. The idea is that during a 2 and a half year period, teachers will complete an education program while they are still working as teachers for 20% of their working hours. This education leads to a Degree of Licentiate. In 2014, there were 139 active doctoral students in 14 graduate schools.

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