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Doctoral courses

Doctoral students at the Faculty of Science and Technology will achieve a knowledge of generic courses equivalent to a minimum of 11 ECTS credits for a doctorate degree and at least 8 ECTS credits for a licentiate degree.

Our courses

Mandatory courses

Introduction for doctoral students at the Faculty of Science and Technology, 1ECTS
Philosophy of science, 2ECTS
Introduction to research ethics, 2ECTS
Oral presentation, 1ECTS
Writing science, 5ECTS

Examples of elective courses

Writing research proposals that get funded, 3ECTS
Statistics for empirical sciences, 3ECTS
Introduction to mathematical modeling, 3ECTS
Communicating scientific research, 3ECTS
Innovation and utilization of ideas, knowledge and research results, 2ECTS
Strategic career planning, 1.5ECTS

Recommendations generic courses

  • Philosophy of science - Can be taken during the whole doctoral studies
  • Introduction to research ethics - Can be taken during the whole doctoral studies
  • Writing science - Is best suited when the doctoral student has written one or several papers 
  • Oral presentation - Can be taken during the whole doctoral studies but there is an advantage of taking the course early because then you can benefit from the knowledge when holding seminars at conferences or at the department during your doctoral studies.
  • Writing research proposals that get funded - For doctoral students in the second half of the doctoral studies. Is suited when the doctoral student wants to write applications for travel grants or postdoc. To take the course you should have taken the course Writing Science.
  • Communicating scientific research - Is best suited when the doctoral student has written one or several papers

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Who can apply to the doctoral courses?

The courses are mainly for doctoral students at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå University. Other applicants may, however, have access to the courses, regardless of location. Please note, however, that participants who do not belong to the Faculty of Science and Technology will be billed for the course fee. For more information about this, contact Frankie Ekerholm.

Admission and selection

Admission procedure starts immediately after the deadline of the application. The following may happen:

If the course is full, notification closes. A selection is made among the applicants from the date of admission to postgraduate studies, if the student has applied for the course earlier and more. Notification / Reserves message is sent by email to applicants shortly after the application deadline. Applicants are asked to confirm their course placement via "My Pages". If this does not happen before the expiration date, the location will be the next person in the reserve list.

If the course is not full, the application period will be extended. Information on new deadlines is given on the application page. If the number of applicants is not enough, the course is set.

Note that when submitting your application you should provide contact details of your supervisor. He/she then needs to approve that you attend the course before you can be admitted to the course.

After completing the course

After completing your course, your result will be reported in Ladok.

Note that, if the course was given autumn 2021 or earlier you instead received a certificate via the university's internal post. If you want to get the score reported in LADOK, you will show this certificate to an administrator at your department. 

For the course "Introduction for doctoral students at TekNat" the results have been reported in Ladok for all course events so no certificates have been sent out. 

For questions, contact Frankie Ekerholm.

Doctoral courses given by others

Watch a film from the course Communicating Scientic Research:

 

Science communication for doctoral students

During the course doctoral students practise presenting their research projects.

Doctoral courses spring 2023

The following doctoral courses were given spring 2023.

Oral presentation 1ECTS
Course dates are January 23, 24, 25 & February 6.
Syllabus
Last day to apply is November 18th, 2022.
Link to admission.

Introduction to research ethics 2 ECTS
Course dates are January 31 and February 1, 2, 3 & 9.
Syllabus
Last day to apply is November 18th, 2022.
Link to admission.

Philosophy of science, 2 ECTS
Course dates are February 20, 21, 23, 28 & March 2.
The course was given online.
Syllabus
Last day to apply is November 18th, 2022.
Link to admission.

Writing science, 5 ECTS
Course dates are March 17, 24, 31 and April 14, 21, 28.
Syllabus
Last day to apply is November 18th, 2022.
Link to admission.

Introduction for doctoral students at TekNat, 1 ECTS
The course structure is flexible, with online material for you to work through at your convenience. There is one workshop per semester. The date for the workshop spring 2023 will be announced at a later date. 
Syllabus
The course has a continuous admission. If you want to take the course and you don't have access to the course Canvas page, ask your director of studies to add you.

Communicating scientific research, 3 ECTS
Course dates are March 13, 14, 16, 20, 22 & 23.
Syllabus
Last day to apply is November 18th, 2022.
Link to admission.

 

Doctoral courses autumn 2022

The following doctoral courses are planned for autumn 2022. More information will come later.

Oral presentation 1 ECTS
Course dates are 30/8-1/9 & 9/9.
Schedule
Syllabus

Introduction to research ethics 2 ECTS
Course dates are 21-23/9, 26/9 & 30/9.
Schedule
Syllabus

Philosophy of science, 2 ECTS
Course dates are 4-6/10, 11/10 & 13/10.
Preliminary schedule
Syllabus

Writing science: How to write and publish scientific papers, 5 ECTS
Course dates are 20/10, 27/10, 3/11, 10/11, 17/11 & 24/11. 
The course will be given online.
Syllabus

Strategic career planning, 1,5 ECTS
The course is cancelled.
Syllabus

Introduction for doctoral students at TekNat, 1 ECTS
You will be able to take the course continuously during the spring, with one lecture on October 17.
Syllabus

 

Contacts

Frankie Ekerholm
Faculty coordinator
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