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.


This introductory course is designed to support early-stage doctoral students in understanding how to build an academic research profile and how to connect to and network with the international academic community. Students will also learn about the main academic conferences, academic journals, and publishing processes in their research field. They also gain practical insights into how to craft of a convincing doctoral research plan and how to apply for research funding from different national funding bodies. After the course the students will better understand the different ways a PhD journey can serve as promising foundation for an academic career in their field of interest.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 08.02.2023 - 24.05.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Henri Schildt, Ewald Kibler

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


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    Students are provided with understandings and ‘tips & tricks’ for writing a doctoral research plan, applying for funding, connecting to the international academic community, and building an early-career research profile. Class discussions support this learning and sharing of experiences, ideas, and questions. Teachers in charge provide introductions to the key themes and issues, provide the necessary reading materials, and provide the assignments.


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    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - V
    2023-2024 Spring III - V