Course Syllabus for

Introduction to PhD studies at the Department of Design Sciences
Introduktion till forskarutbildning i forskarutbildningsämne vid Institutionen för designvetenskaper

IDE020F, 4 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2022
Decided by: FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2014-10-07

General Information

Division: Department of Design Sciences
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


The aim of the course is to enable students to develop an understanding of publishing traditions within their field of study and adjacent fields.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course consists of two modules, the first of which deals with the conventions for publishing research results in the research field and adjacent fields. The publishing traditions of other disciplines are also addressed. The students are to study the required texts and produce a written reflection, followed by a critical discussion between the supervisor and student on the reading and written reflection. In the second module, the students are to critically read two PhD theses and produce a written report of views and reflections on the theses. The assessment is based on the student’s oral report of the written views and reflections.

Course Literature

Gastel, B. & Day, R. A.: How to write and publish a scientific paper, 9:e upplaga. Greenwood, 2022.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Seminars, self-study literature review

Examination Details

Examination format: Oral exam
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: To be admitted to the course, students must be admitted to research studies in the field.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

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