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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.

Courses and workshops 2021

Compulsory courses & tasks

The following courses and tasks are mandatory within the PhD programme in Environmental Science, a total of 25,5 credits including the basic course in teaching and learning. Current PhD students find more information on the programme and courses in internal LU Box 
LU Box -

Introduction course for PhD students

(0.5 credits)
This course covers information about general terms of employment, insurance, and management of the individual study plan, among other topics.
Course plan and schedule -
The course is given 28 April 2021, 09:00-16:30.
Last day to register: 31 March 2021. 

Basic teacher training

(3 credits)
The course is targeting teaching staff without previous training in teaching and learning. If you want to teach this course is mandatory.
Course plan and schedule -

Interdisciplinarity in environmental research

(3 credits)
This course gives an introduction in how interdisciplinary environmental research can be conducted.
Course plan (PDF, 177 kB, new tab).
Course schedule (PDF, 283 kB, new tab)
Course page at Canvas Education.
The course was last given 16-18 November 2020.

Course coordinator: Ullrika Sahlin.
ullrika [dot] sahlin [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Research ethics

(3 credits)
This course is compulsory for all PhD students admitted from January 1st 2021 and aims to provide a basic knowledge of research integrity and of research ethics.
Course plan and schedule -
The course is given 17-28 May 2021.
Last day to register: 27 April 2021, or when full.

Science communication and its role in society

(3 credits)
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?
Course plan (PDF, 240 kB, new tab).
The course was last given 30 November - 4 December 2020.

Course coordinator: Johanna Stadmark.
johanna [dot] stadmark [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se

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?
Course plan (PDF, 237 kB, new tab)
The course is given 21 January - 10 March 2021.

Course coordinator: Yann Clough.
yann [dot] clough [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Introductory paper + 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. 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.

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 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.

Current PhD students find more information in 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 calendar and events.

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 5 higher education credits for conference participation towards your PhD degree. For more details, see the the Doctoral Student Guide for Environmental Science.