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 the new doctoral students in getting to know the local academic community and in understanding the basic premises of writing their doctoral dissertation. Students will get acquainted with different types of research published in academic journals, learn how to read academic articles effectively, and be better equipped to get started with their studies, literature reviews and empirical research work. After the course, students understand what the doctoral studies and journey entail and what are the main requirements for writing their doctoral dissertation.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 14.09.2022 - 14.12.2022

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 tools to successfully start their course work, literature reviews and independent research projects. Class discussions support this learning and sharing of experiences and help students generate their own research ideas, identify thesis topics, and develop a first roadmap for their studies and research work. Teachers in charge provide introductions to the key themes and issues, provide the necessary reading materials, and provide the assignments.


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Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II