PhD supervision courses

SUND offers two PhD supervision courses:

PhD supervision: Rules and regulations (online)

PhD supervision: Rules and regulations is designed specifically for PhD supervisors at SUND and affiliated hospitals and research institutions.

Objectives

After the course, you should:

  • Be familiar with the rules for the PhD programme at SUND
  • understand how the PhD programme at SUND is organised
  • know where to obtain more information on the PhD programme at SUND, on supervision of PhD students, and where to find the rules and regulations

Content

The online course for PhD supervisors at SUND is designed to give PhD supervisors and others working with PhD students the opportunity to refresh their knowledge of the rules and regulations as well as the organisation of the PhD programme at SUND. It covers these themes:

  • Enrolment and funding
  • Supervision and Co-supervision
  • The content of the PhD programme
  • Research data management, open access and good citation practice
  • Thesis and defence
  • If something goes wrong

Target groups and rules for completion

  • As of 1 January 2021 all principal PhD supervisors at SUND are required to have completed PhD supervision: rules and regulations when submitting an application for enrolment of a PhD student. The course will be available from 1 September 2020.
  • As of 1 January 2021 all principal PhD supervisors must complete PhD supervision: rules and regulations every fifth year.
  • All other PhD supervisors at SUND are welcome to take PhD supervision: rules and regulations - and it is also open to assistant professors and postdocs at SUND and others employed elsewhere at a corresponding academic level.

Structure

The course consists of six sections that cover important aspects of the PhD programme. Each section begins with a brief introduction to the current rules and regulations, and provides links to information on the web as well as references to relevant sections in the PhD Rules and Regulations at SUND. At the end of each section there are multiple-choice questions that you must answer correctly in order to pass the course.
The course will take approximately two-three hours to complete.

Requirements

In order to pass the course at least 80% of your answers need to be correct

Registration

You register for PhD supervision: rules and regulations (online from 1 September 2020)

PhD supervision: Advice, tools, and practices

PhD supervision, advice, tools and practices is designed specifically for PhD supervisors at SUND and affiliated hospitals and research institutions.

Objectives

The aim of the course is that the participants will:

  • Understand the complexities involved in PhD supervision.
  • Acquire process-related knowledge about PhD supervision.
  • Be able to transfer knowledge of the course to their own supervisory practices.
  • Be in a position to reflect on their own supervising practices in the future.

Content

The course will address themes such as:

  • Establishing a PhD position and integration of newcomers
  • Roles and relationships
  • Diversity
  • Feedback and supporting autonomy
  • Active listening
  • Aligning expectations
  • Early warning signs
  • Motivation and self-efficacy
  • Stress and burnout among PhD students
  • Collaboration among PhD supervisors and co-authorships
  • Careers

Structure

The course is structured as pre-course activities, three full course days (9-16) and an interim period with individual and group assignments. The workload is estimated to be around 30 hours.

Target groups and rules for completion

  • As of 1 January 2021 all new principal PhD supervisors at SUND are required to complete PhD supervision: advice, tools and practices (including PhD supervision: rules and regulations) within the first year of supervising a PhD student.
  • As of 1 January 2021 all principal PhD supervisors at SUND, who have not enrolled and supervised any PhD students for the past five years as principal supervisors, are required to complete PhD supervision: advice, tools and practices (including PhD supervision: rules and regulations) within the first year of supervising a PhD student.
  • Further, all other PhD supervisors at SUND are welcome to take PhD supervision: advice, tools and practices – and it is also open to assistant professors and others employed elsewhere at an equivalent academic level – if seats are available.
  • PhD Supervisors, who can document that they have passed an equivalent PhD supervisor course at another university, can apply for exemption via an email to the Graduate School: graduateschool@sund.ku.dk.

Format

The course consists of presentations by the course teachers, group work and assignments. We expect you to participate in peer feedback on actual supervision in the interim period, to engage actively in the activities during the course days and to document your competence development. Tools to identify your goals and assess your competences will support this.

Preparation

Before signing up for the course, please complete PhD supervision: rules and regulations (online). You can register for the e-module (online from 1 September 2020).

Requirements

In order to pass the course you need to be actively involved, be present at least 80% of the time and have passed PhD supervision: rules and regulations beforehand.

Programme

The specific course programme will be sent to the participants upon enrolment for each course. However, here is the general programme.

Frequency

PhD supervision: advice, tools and practices will be offered three times per academic year:
In September/October, in January/February and in May/June.

Registration

Please register for PhD supervision: advice, tools and practices here. You can also sign up for the e-module PhD supervision: rules and regulations here (Online from 1 September 2020).

Watch the welcome video describing the content of the courses