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PhD courses and events

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 study plan.
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.

Below you find information about:

Compulsory courses

The following courses are compulsory for the students enrolled in the PhD programme in Environmental Science. Current PhD students can access more information on the programme and courses in the internal LU Box 
LU Box -

Interdisciplinarity in environmental research
15 - 19 November 2021

This course gives an introduction in how interdisciplinary environmental research can be conducted. The course gives 3 ECTS.

Introduction course for PhD students

This course covers information about general terms of employment, insurance, and management of the individual study plan, among other topics. The course gives 0,5 ECTS.

Research ethics

This course is compulsory for all PhD students at the Faculty of Science admitted from 1 January 2021. It provides a basic knowledge of research integrity and ethics. The course gives 3 ECTS.

Environmental challenges and the role of environmental science: past and present

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? The course gives 3 ECTS.

Science communication and its role in society

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? The course gives 3 ECTS.

Basic teacher training

The course "Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Theory and Practice" is compulsory for PhD students who would like to teach courses at Lund University.

Compulsory tasks

The following tasks are compulsory for the students enrolled in the PhD programme in Environmental Science. 

Introductory paper + Presentation at Seminar

7,5 credits + 0,5 credits

During the first year of your PhD studies you should start to write an introductory paper. The paper 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. The paper is then presented at a research seminar at Centre for Environmental and Climate Science.

Half-time seminar and examination

2 credits

Seminar and examination which takes place about two years into your education. You will prepare:

  • A 20 minute oral presentation to be given at Centre for Environmental and Climate Science.
  • A 2-page written summary of your work so far and how it relates to the goals in the study plan for Environmental Science.

Current PhD students find more information in the Doctoral Student Guide for Environmental Science.

Other PhD courses given at CEC

Future-Oriented Methodologies (FOMs)

The course gives a broad introduction to some of the issues connected to FOMs, and of research fields where future-oriented tools and approaches have been developed. The course gives 5 ECTS.

Graduate research schools at CEC that offer PhD courses:

  • The ClimBEco Graduate Research School at CEC offers PhD courses in Climate, Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a changing world.
    ClimBEco PhD courses
  • 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. 
    BIOECONOMY calendar and events.
  • The Agenda 2030 Graduate School offers interdisciplinary PhD courses at various faculties at Lund University, based on the challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals. The courses are free of charge for all PhD students at Lund University
    Agenda 2030 courses


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 the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (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 research administrator so that the credits are 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 5 higher education credits for conference participation towards your PhD degree.
For more details, see the Doctoral Student Guide for Environmental Science.