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Introduction to PhD supervision for PhD students at Arts

Supervision is a key element of the PhD process. Learn and discuss the issues, roles and challenges of PhD supervision in this compulsory course for all PhD students at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University.


Preferably, this course should be taken as soon after the start of the PhD process as possible, in order for the course to play a part in the drawing up of the PhD Supervision Agreement between supervisor and student.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course the participants should:

  • Be familiar with the typical challenges of a PhD process with regards to supervision
  • Be familiar with core issues dominating the discourse on the supervisory dialogue and challenges regarding such dialogues
  • Be able to reflect on different supervisor and student roles present and lacking in the participants’ own supervision processes
  • Be able to reflect on their own writing process and how it affects the process of supervision

 Content and format

  • PhD supervision as a didactic genre in higher education, reflected on from the PhD student’s point of view
  • The supervisory dialogue as a key element of the supervision process. Roles and relations between supervisor and student
  • Rights, obligations, and formal requirements, including semi-annual evaluations, collecting points and working within the department
  • The connection between the writing process and different forms of feedback during supervision meetings

Following the course, the participants complete a reflection paper on the themes discussed during the course and on how they think that these themes will be relevant and apply to their own specific PhD process. This reflection paper is to be used in the PhD students’ dialogue with their supervisor(s) about their future collaboration.

Additional information


By default, the course is in English. However, it can be held in Danish if so wished by all participants. Group work can be in both English and Danish.

ECTS credits and successful completion requirements

To receive ½ ECTS credit for the course, students are required to participate actively in class discussions.


  • Aarhus University, Aarhus
  • Campus Emdrup


    • Registration for the course: See under "Registration"
    • Course time: 10:00-16:00 (Aarhus) and 11:00-17:00 (Emdrup)
    • You should expect some preparation before the course begins
    • Including: Morning coffee/tea/a lunch sandwich + water and afternoon coffee/tea and sweets

    Sign up for course:

    Online course, November 24, 2020

    • November 24, 2020 (is cancelled)
      Registration deadline: November 16, 2020 (time 10:00)

    Venue: Online