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Courses for PhD students at Aarhus University

Aarhus University offers a large variety of both scientific and transferable skills courses. Information on the application procedure, deadlines etc. can be found on the Graduate School websites or in the course description.   

Courses offered by the graduate schools


The graduate schools offer a large variety of both scientific and transferable skills courses. Read more about the courses:

Transferable skills courses

The Talent Unit at Aarhus University promotes and offers transferable skills courses for PhD students at all four faculties. You can find more info and sign up for these courses in the course calendar below. 

Course calendar

PhD Course: How to get published

This course will give you an introduction to publishing from both the perspective of researchers and an editor. With publishing as a crucial part of the academic career, the aim of this course is to make the participants aware of how to develop effective writing strategies to target different readerships within academic publishing. The participants will also be introduced to how to think strategically when making a publication plan and who to write a convincing abstract. 

The course will take place on 29 January 2020, 9.00 am – 14.00 pm.

Application deadline is 23 November 2019

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PhD Course: Planning and Controlling a PhD Project

This course will give a brief introduction to Project Management disciplines with focus on planning and controlling the students own PhD projects.

As a specific outcome, all participants will have a plan with deliverables, milestones, and schedules for their PhD Project. 

It is recommended, but not a prerequisite, that the student have a basic knowledge about academic projects and academic organizational contexts for research in their own field, for example, being part of funded research project(s). The student will get the most out of the course, if they are familiar with the academic contexts in their field and department.  Thus, we suggest that the student has progressed to the second semester of the PhD or beyond at the time of enrollment in this course. Therefore, the seats will be prioritized depending on where students are in their PhD.

The course will cover two and a half days:

  • Module 1: 10-11 March 2020 from 9.00 to 16.00
  • Module 2: 27 August 2020 from 9.00-12.00

Participants who are absent more than a half day (3 hours) will not be able to pass the course unless special arrangement has been agreed with the course lecturers.

Course Content: 

  • The PhD Project: Context, content and process
  • Work packages, Work Break Down (WBS) Structures
  • Personal Planning
  • Project Planning with activities and milestones
  • Brief about estimation, uncertainty, duration and workload
  • Risk Management
  • Control and Progress Measurement
  • Plan and control their own PhD project with respect to deliverables, milestones and schedules
  • Describe and understand basic elements of planning and controlling a project as well as risk management

At the end of the course the student should be able to write the following:

  • PhD project plan with work breakdown structure, work packages, personal planning, milestones and time schedule, and risks
  • PhD project supervisor agreement focused on planning and control of the project

Course Parameters:

Language: English

ECTS credits: Only by agreement with the relevant Graduate School. The course corresponds to 2 ECTS    

Level of course: PhD course

Capacity: Minimum 12 and maximum 28 participants

Venue:  Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, Building 2628, room M104

Register at:https://events.au.dk/planningandcontrollingaphdprojects2020 before 03 March 2020.

Please be aware that registration to the course does not equal admission. You will receive an e-mail in the start of March notifying whether we can offer you a seat.

Ph.d.-students from other universities can be accepted to the course, if not all seats are taken by registration deadline. Due to an Agreement between Danish Universities coming into force as of 1 January 2011, participants from other universities than Aarhus University will be charged DKK 1,200 per ECTS. In principle this also applies to external parties, but exemption can be granted under specific circumstances.  


Lectures, exercises, group work, discussions, individual/group assignment working with the participants own PhD projects


  • Course Coordinator & lecturer: Constance Elizabeth Kampf, Associate Professor, PhD, Department of Management
  • Lecturer: Lise Tordup Heeager, Associate Professor, PhD, Department of Management


During the course time period, students shall prepare the following two documents, due August 20th, 2020: 

  • PhD project plan with work breakdown structure, work packages, personal planning, milestones and time schedule, and risks
  • PhD project supervisor agreement


  • Olsson, J. R., & Attrup, M. L. (2015). Power in Projects, Programs and Portfolios: Achieve project excellence and create change with strategic impact. Copenhagen: Djøf Publishing.    

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