Course in PhD supervision - Location: Roskilde, 23-24 August 2018

Target group

All main supervisors and co-supervisors of PhD students at Science and Technology (permanent and temporary staff).



To expand participants’ strategies and methods in supervision. 



After the course, the participants will:

  • have tools to align expectations for supervision with his/her students.
  • have tools and strategies to develop students’ skills and independence in writing
  • understand methods of communication that ensure progression in supervisory meetings and enhance students’ independent thinking.
  • be able to identify and manage conflicts and crises that may appear during a PhD education.


Content and delivery

The course is highly practical in content through the discussion and testing of methods and tools in supervision. It has three main elements: 1) managing the process of supervision (e.g. aligning expectations, handling cultural differences, identifying factors that ensure academic development, managing crises and conflicts) 2) supervising the writing of thesis and papers (e.g. effective feedback) and 3) communication skills (e.g. questioning techniques). The course will be delivered through short presentations, group exercises and facilitated discussions.

The course runs over two consecutive days. Day one covers all essential elements of PhD supervision and brings experienced and inexperienced supervisors up to date on developments and research in the area. Day two provide focused training in key skills. Highly experienced supervisors may choose to participate in day one only.




Day 1:

Rules and regulations

What is good supervision – according to the research literature?

Alignment of expectations

Cross-cultural issues in supervision

Crisis management


Day 2:

Supervision on text




Breakfast, lunch and afternoon coffee is provided both days.






Thursday: Room: Roskilde P1.16

Friday: Room: Roskilde P1.16



Thursday 23/8 2018 at 9.00 – 16.00

Friday 24/8 2018 at 9.00 – 16.00



The participants will be asked to prepare three short documents in advance of the course: 1) an example of text feedback given to a student in the past, 2) a brief description of a problem the participant has experienced as supervisor, and 3) a short ‘supervisor letter’ describing, in general terms, the supervision offered by the participant and his/her expectations of the PhD student. All course participants will receive detailed instructions on these three small tasks well in advance of the deadline.  



·         Tove H Jorgensen, Associate Professor, Institute of Bioscience, AU (Course leader)

·         Jes Madsen, Professor, Head of PhD school, Science and Technology, AU


Enrollment through:

Deadline is 9 August 2018. Participants will receive confirmation by e-mail.

Maximum 20 participants (first-come-first-served)