Course Foundational course in PhD Supervision (Roskilde)

Course leader: Tove Hedegaard Jørgensen

Language: English

Graduate school: Course collaboration

Status: Course is finished

Semester: Fall 2023

Application deadline: 14/08/2023

Cancellation deadline: 28/08/2023

Course type: Classroom teaching

Start date: 14/09/2023

Administrator: Thilde Møller Risgaard

Supervisor course

This course is held at Aarhus University, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde

The course is for main supervisors and co-supervisors of PhD students at Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Graduate School of Technical Sciences (permanent and temporary staff).


All applicants will be placed on the waiting list at first. When application deadline has passed you will receive an email whether you have got a seat on the course or not.

The course Foundational course in PhD supervision (Roskilde) is offered by the Graduate School of Natural Sciences/GSNS and Graduate School of Technical Sciences/GSTS, Aarhus University, fall 2023.


Target group
All main supervisors and co-supervisors of PhD students at Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Graduate School of Technical Sciences (permanent and temporary staff)

To expand participants’ strategies and methods in supervision. 

Content and delivery
The course runs over two full days and with physical presence only. It is highly practical in content through the discussion and testing of methods and tools in supervision while also bringing experienced and inexperienced supervisors up to date on developments and research in the area. Topics covered include 1) the optimal use of (and alignment with) the rules and regulations of a PhD education, 2) managing the process of supervision (e.g. aligning expectations, handling cultural differences, ensuring academic development, managing crises and conflicts), 3) communication skills (e.g. questioning techniques), 4) supervision of writing and 5) recruitment.  

Recent participants of the teacher training course for assistant professors at AU should note that the present course has a small overlap with module 3 on supervision in the teacher training course.

On completion of the course, participants will have tools and strategies to:

  • identify, negotiate and adapt to individual student needs for supervision throughout the education
  • facilitate student integration to the research community
  • engage and manage a team of supervisors and/or collaborators of a PhD studentship
  • use peers to evaluate and develop own supervisory practice - and support them in doing the same

Participants are asked to contribute two small pieces of writing in advance of the course (maximum 1 hour of preparation time).

Dates and location
Day 1: 14/9, 9.00 – 16.30, Roskilde A1.20 Kantinen
Day 2: 15/9, 9.00 – 16.30, Roskilde A1.20 Kantinen

Tove H Jørgensen, Associate Professor, Department of Biology (course leader)
Brian Vinther, Head of Graduate School for the Technical Sciences


Lunch and coffees are provided.

Course dates:

  • 14 September 2023 09:00 - 16:30
  • 15 September 2023 09:00 - 16:30