All courses are taught in English and count for 7,5 ECTS, or five weeks of full-time study. The course model is structured according to the following principle: students spend the first two weeks at their home institutions reading and preparing for the third week which will be spent in Gothenburg or Norrköping in Sweden. During this third, intensive course week students and teachers have scheduled activities all day and some scheduled evening events. Weeks four and five students spend at their home institutions writing their exam papers. Attending PhD students will be offered accommodation and there will be a period of application to courses ahead of time.
The course examination consists of an individually authored paper that receives feedback from the course teachers. Students are encouraged to adapt their exam papers to the journal article format if suitable. Some courses will also require students to make oral presentations modelled on those given at international conferences. The examination serves the twofold purpose of monitoring accomplished learning outcomes while at the same time assisting students in preparing for a research career.