Scope and structure of the educational component

The educational component of the PhD degree consists of courses and academic activities corresponding to six months’ work (30 credits).

The educational component must be approved by the PhD leader before the doctoral thesis can be submitted.


  • 1 ECTS
  • Introductory meeting, thesis design, library component

Research ethics

  • 2 ECTS
  • Exploratory essay, lectures, required reading

Theories and methods

  • 5 ECTS
  • Essay, lectures, required and optional reading

Analytical and writing skills seminar

  • 3 ECTS
  • Participation 8 times, once responsible for choosing article, monthly meetings

Presentation seminar

  • 4 ECTS
  • 3 hour seminar, 2 times response, 2 times presentation, Maestro-/maestro-seminar, participation in an international conference

Elective courses

  • 15 ECTS
  • Optional courses and seminars

This educational component replaces the earlier version of educational component in use until 2017.