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Doctoral Courses


The PhD programme comprises 240 HEC and consists of a taught course component of 60 HEC and a thesis component of 180 HEC. The licentiate programme comprises 120 HEC and consists of a taught course component totalling 40 HEC and a scholarly thesis of 80 HEC. The licentiate degree may either be the final educational goal or a stage in the process towards a PhD.

Included in the PhD programme:
Required courses for all students which are aimed at providing fundamental knowledge in the area of the research unit (35 HEC).
Individual, elective courses which are aimed at providing methodological skills significant to completion of the thesis and advanced knowledge in selected specialised areas (25 HEC).

Included in the licentiate programme:
Required courses for all students which are aimed at providing fundamental knowledge in the area of the research unit (25 HEC).
Individual, elective courses which are aimed at providing methodological skills significant to completion of the thesis and advanced knowledge in selected specialised areas (15 HEC).

Courses offered by Tema Environmental Change:

  • Key concepts in environmental science and politics, 10 HEC

The aim is to generate familiarity with concepts and knowledge development in research areas relevant to Environmental Science.
Consists of a general component of 5 HEC and a more flexible and individualised advanced component of 5 HEC. The components are given different exam codes, which makes it possible for doctoral students to schedule them at various points in time over the course of the PhD programme.

  • Methods in environmental science, 10 HEC

The general component covers quantitative and qualitative methodology with focus on matters such as which methods are suitable for various types of research questions, the strengths and weaknesses of various methodological approaches, analytical frameworks, etc. The course will cover a relatively wide range of generally applicable literature and provide opportunities for reflection and critical examination of methodological approaches.
The advanced component is oriented towards providing in-depth understanding of the principal method or methods that doctoral students will use in their thesis work. This component of the course is designed cooperatively by the course coordinator, the doctoral student and the student’s supervisor. In some cases, students may be given credit for method courses completed outside Tema M as a substitute for this component.

  • Thesis proposal, 10 HEC

In addition to focus on doctoral students’ own thesis projects, this course covers general questions related to study design and to identifying and clarifying the student’s own contribution to the research field.

  • Interdisciplinarity, 5 HEC
    (of which 3 HEC common to Tema - The Department of Thematic Studies and 2 HEC specific to Environmental Change)

The course component specific to Tema M covers questions of specific interest to the broad interdisciplinary research environment that is Tema M. Focus is on the role of interdisciplinarity in the research subject of Environmental Science.


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