Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course consists of three themes. Firstly the students will be introduced to aims and general goals of doctoral studies. Lectures will also include practical aspects such as writing papers as well as general topics on research, patenting, and experimental design. In a second part, presentation skills will be developed. Students will work in both small groups and present before larger audiences.  In the third part subjects such as researcher ethics, intellectual property rights, and research methods will be treated.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 03.11.2020 - 20.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Markus Linder

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mark Hughes, Markus Linder, Christa Uusi-Rauva

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Introduction to doctoral studies and to professional research work, including the knowledge of research ethics and the various skills needed at scientific research work, such as writing and presentation skills.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Each student must produce and present two presentations. No exam. Student must attend at least 75% of lectures.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 10 x 2 hour (20 hours)

    Individual work (related to lectures) 20 hours

    Seminars 2 x 16 hours (32 hours)

    Small group work 63 h (42 h in part 2, 20 h in part 3)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture material

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    M.Sc. (Tech.) degree or equivalent level degree

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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