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PhD Course: Research, Career, and Innovation - Developing your future career as a PhD

Are you interested in clarifying your professional skills, and do you want to know how to apply your PhD skills on the job market?

The course takes its point of departure in the fact that as a PhD you possess a broad spectrum of highly qualified skills and have been trained in functions that can accommodate both an academic career and the job market outside the universities. These skills are transferable into a variety of creative and innovative functions and are highly valuable regardless of what career path you choose.

The aim of the course is to encourage reflection on how the training of PhDs to immerse into a particular research topic, and thereby to provide both knowledge and insights, can be transferred into skills that accommodate career possibilities within e.g. private companies or political institutions. Some of the issues that will be taught and discussed are policy-making, commercialisation of research, project management, dialogue with the media, and the function of innovation on the job market. 

The course programme is divided into four modules with focus on different areas:

  • Module A: Presentation, Communication and Argumentation
  • Module B: Creating Value from Knowledge
  • Module C: Organisational Skills and Science in Policy Making
  • Module D: Research Management Training

Please find course programme here.

Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Capacity limits: Max 35 participants
Type of course/teaching methods: Lectures, workshops, group work and exercises.
Prerequisites: Enrolment as a PhD student at Aarhus University, preferably on the second or third year of the PhD programme. The course welcomes all faculties/research disciplines.
ECTS credits:
The course is estimated to 5 ECTS. The actual ECTS credit value must be provided and approved by the affiliated PhD school.
AU Research and Talent, the Central Talent Development Unit, Aarhus University.

Time and place:
Module A: June 6 and 7, 2013
Module B: June 12 and 13, 2013
Module C: June 19, 20 and 21, 2013
Module D: June 26 and 27, 2013

All course activities will take place at the Nobel Park, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, 8000 Aarhus (rooms to be announced).

To register for the course, please send an e-mail to course coordinator Louise Nygaard Kristensen at no later than 24 May 2013 at 12:00. Please provide the following information:

  • Student number/Matriculation number (See Self service)
  • Department
  • Faculty
  • PhD programme starting date
  • PhD programme (estimated) end date

Participants will be informed about enrolment no later than week 22.
Questions regarding the course can be directed to course coordinator Louise Nygaard Kristensen at

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Revised 16.05.2017