The scope of the course component can differs among the various programmes, which is stated in the general syllabi. The general syllabi also state which courses are compulsory for a doctoral degree to be issued.

The various research areas at the university organise many of the necessary courses that are to be included in the doctoral programmes. In addition, university-wide courses are offered through the university's Research and Education Board. The university-wide courses are primarily aimed at the university's own doctoral students, but if there are extra spots, external doctoral students can also participate.

As a doctoral student, the courses that you will study should be planned together with your supervisor and Director of Studies. This planning is included in the individual study plan, which describes what is to be done during the next year.

There may be times when a completed course needs to be adjusted in relation to the relevant research topic. It is the examiner, or a person appointed by Research Education Committee (or FUU, for its Swedish name, Forskarutbildningsutskott), who evaluates the value of the doctoral course in a special form and informs you of how many course credits you will receive for the course.

In cases where credit transfer is invoked for courses that you have completed before the doctoral programme has begun at the University of Borås, or completed at another higher education institution, a special credit transfer form must be used. Credit transfer is approved by an examiner, or by a person appointed by FUU.

For those who are a doctoral student admitted to another university, a so-called "Special permit" is granted for you to be able to participate in a course given at the University of Borås.

Most of the university's course offerings can be found via the following course webpage.

Collected course catalogue 

Transfer of credit of previous education and courses

There is some possibility of receiving credit for courses from your Bachelor’s/Master’s education or previous doctoral studies at other higher education institutions. The credit that can be received is discussed in consultation with your supervisor, examiner, or Director of Studies.

Ongoing course evaluation

The university's work regarding ongoing course evaluations is to enable research students to have influence and take responsibility for their own learning. Course evaluations must also form the basis for systematic and continuous development of the educational programmes. A course evaluation must be based on a variety of data that will enable an overall analysis of the course's development needs. The data to be considered is stated in the university's guidelines and routines.