Courses and reading lists

Research training contains courses with reading lists. The scope of these courses varies from subject to subject, but usually comprises 60 to 90 higher education credits and in any case not more than 120 higher education credits. (1.5 credit is the equivalent of one week's full-time study.)

Providing general expertise in the subject

The purpose of these courses is partly to provide the doctoral student with broad general expertise in the subject and partly to impart sufficient specialised knowledge to enable them to complete their theses. Some courses and reading lists are compulsory for all third-cycle students in a subject, while others are individual and tailored to fit the research assignment in question.

Courses and their reading lists that are compulsory for the subject must be specified in the general study plan. Individual courses are chosen by the doctoral student in consultation with the supervisor, and are listed in the individual study plan.

In recent years, regularly held faculty-wide research training courses have been developed. These often include courses in scientific theory, methodology, ethics and statistics.

Pooled courses are more common

It is becoming increasingly common for more institutions of higher education to organise joint courses in certain subjects. It is also possible to attend courses being given by other departments or highed education institutions, but the supervisor should always be consulted to check that the course will be approved as part of the student's programme of training.

All these courses end with some form of examination with a grade of pass or fail.


You should take your basic courses examinations during your first semesters of study and it's often a good idea to have completed most of the coursework before you are half-way through the programme.
Last updated: 2014-08-11
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