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A general programme syllabus and overall subject description, with the relevant eligibility and degree requirements as well as the aims and objectives of postgraduate studies, is detailed in the General Study Plan for Environmental Science   

The PhD degree will include 240 credits, of which 180 credits are awarded for your doctoral thesis which is a compilation thesis composed of articles or manuscripts. The credits for theoretical courses are normally obtained through participation in courses within or outside the department, attending conferences, workshops and seminars.

Courses and workshops 2019

Compulsory courses & tasks in the PhD programme in Environmental Science

The following courses and tasks are mandatory within the PhD programme in Environmental Science, a total of 24,5 credits. You find more details on the courses in the Doctoral Student Guide for Environmental Science and links to the respective course syllabi.

This course is compulsory for all research students at the Faculty of Science and covers information about general terms of employment, insurance, and management of the individual study plan, among other topics. 

The course is part of the Faculty of Science’s qualifying teacher training, and comprises three weeks of full-time work. The course is targeting teaching staff without previous training in teaching and learning. If you want to teach this course is mandatory.

The course handles key principles and issues of research ethics and science theory with relevance for natural science. The goal is that participants shall be able to analyze their own research, and that of others, from ethical and science theory perspectives. Authorship and academic misconduct are examples of topics that will be covered. The course is given by the Faculty of Science and in English, see more information on the PhD course webpage of the Faculty of Science.

The course is given 11-30 October. More details can be found in the email sent to all PhD students.
Please email Maria Hansson, maria [dot] hansson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se, to register for the course.

This course gives an introduction in how interdisciplinary environmental research can be conducted. As a research area, environmental science is based on the notion that solving and understanding complex environmental problems demand an interdisciplinary approach. 

The course is given 1-3 October.

The course will teach you to reach out with your research. What are the main things to think about? How do journalists find their stories? How can I improve my performance?

  • Environmental challenges and the role of environmental science: past and present (3 credits)

During the course you will discuss the history of environmental science, how can environmental science sometimes create conflicts, trade-offs and synergies between different interest groups, and what is the future of environmental science? 

  • Introductory paper/Essay + Presentation at Seminar (8 credits: 7,5+0,5)

During the first year of your PhD studies you should start to write an introductory paper/ essay. The essay should be written as a review over a research question/problem/field you choose yourself. It should directly relate to your own research questions and it must have an environmental perspective. For further information, see the Doctoral Student Guide for Environmental Science.

  • Half-time seminar and examination (2 credits)

Will take place when you are about 2 years into your education. You will prepare:
- A 20 minute oral presentation to be given at CEC.
- A 2-page written summary of your work so far and how it relates to the goals in the study plan for Environmental Science.
For further information, see the Doctoral Student Guide for Environmental Science.

Other PhD courses given at CEC

The ClimBEco Graduate Research School at CEC offers PhD courses in Climate, Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a changing world while the BIOECONOMY Graduate Research School at CEC provides PhD courses with focus on the development of a sustainable bioeconomy. The courses are in general open for all students, but admission priority will be given to PhD students participating in the respective graduate research schools. You find more information about the courses on the respective webpages, see ClimBEco PhD courses and BIOECONOMY PhD courses.

Additional PhD courses given at the Faculty of Science 

The Faculty of Science offers PhD courses relevant for all doctoral students, for example the course in project management or the course in research ethics. You should report the credits to Ladok yourself. More information about the courses can be found on the Faculty of Science's webpage.

Postgraduate courses at other universities 

You can apply for and participate in postgraduate courses at other universities and transfer your credits to your PhD programme at CEC. Within the Bologna area, the same ECTS system is applied to all universities. Outside the Bologna area, the same rules apply as for participation in excursions - that is, your supervisor should estimate the credit value of the course/workshop and contact CEC’s administrator/director of studies so that the credits can be registered in Ladok.

Conference participation

You can get up to 1 credit for active participation in a conference. This means that you present an abstract - either as a talk or as a poster. You can count a maximum of 8 higher education credits for conference participation towards your PhD degree. For more details, see the the Doctoral Student Guide for Environmental Science.

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