Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


After the course, students will have

  • deeper self-awareness of their researcher abilities through extensive reflection and peer-to-peer sparring to elevate ongoing work and learning
  • increased familiarity with a variety of research methods in studies with human subjects
  • more capabilities in developing and implementing a research process when studying human subjects from research design to dissemination
  • enhanced confidence in providing and receiving feedback on various research activities and output

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.09.2022 - 01.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tua Björklund

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course consists of workshops and assignments supporting PhD research processes throughout the academic year. The course is open to all Aalto doctoral students, but aimed at those actively conducting research with human subjects (through interviews, observations, surveys, experiments or other methods) at the time of the workshops.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Participation in workshops (organized the first Thursday of month in September, October, November, December, February, March, April, May, and June at 13.00-16.00) and completion of related assignments.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is organized as an ongoing seminar with hands-on workshops on specific topics and related assignments throughout the year. The amount of rewarded study credits depends on the amount of sessions attended and assignments completed, the full 5 credits can be gathered within two years.


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( Although it is recommended to start the course at the beginning of the academic year, it is possible to join mid-year.

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - Spring V
    2023-2024 Autumn I - Spring V

    Enrollment :

    Doctoral students enrolled in one of the Aalto Schools are given priority.