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Research Funding, 3 hp

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The aim of the course is to strengthen PhD student’s capabilities to apply for external funding of research projects. Corresponds to 3,0 credits (högskolepoäng) for doctoral students.

Target group

1) PhD students, preferably in their second half of doctoral studies

2) Post docs, if seats are available, are also welcomed.

In total 20 seats will be available.

Time and place

The course will be held during March 2023.  The course will have four seminars (particpation is mandatory):

  • Seminar 1:  03 March 09:00 – 12:00
  • Seminar 2:  09 March 09:00 – 16:00
  • Seminar 3:  16 March 09:00 – 12:00
  • Seminar 4:  28 March 09.00 – 16:00

As active interaction between participants during exercises and discussions are an important part of the course dynamics it will be given on site at BTH Karlskrona only. Between seminars participants will be given home exercises to be followed up during seminars. Specific venues will be published later on. 

Course content

The funding landscape, Strategies for grant applications, Time-frame for proposals, Budgeting for projects, Writing and presenting research funding proposals, Innovation aspects on research proposals, Open science including open access and open data


Register here. Last date to register is 20 January 2023. Please note that there are limited seats. If the course is full, we will put you on a waiting list.


  • Eva-Lisa Ahnström, BTH;
  • Marie Wik, BTH;
  • Annett Wolf, Linnéuniversitetet;
  • Tobias Larsson BTH;
  • Kennet Henningsson, BTH,
  • Kent Adolfsson, BTH.
  • Also, representatives from financing bodies and other specialists will give presentations, tbc.

Higher Education Pedagogy – basic course, 7,5 hp

The course introduces academic teachership and provides a basis for a scholarly approach to teaching and learning. It includes themes such as higher education in Sweden, didactics and course design. It also gives participants the opportunity to formulate a teaching philosophy, which may form a basis for a teaching portfolio.

Course start: 6 September

Examination: 13 December

Language: English

For more information, contact:
Åse Nygren,

Philosophy and Methodology of Applied Sciences, 7,5 hp

Course Descriptor

1. Aim of the course
The aim for the doctoral student is to acquire knowledge and develop skills in the area of philosophy of
science and methodology of applied science. It aims to increase the student’s ability to formulate and
applied scientific principles within their own area of research.

2. Content

PART 1: Theory/Seminars, 3 ECTS credits
– History of science: from experience facts to experimentalism;
– Modern theory of science: falsificationism, Kuhn’s paradigm, Lakatos’ research programmes;
Feyerabend’s anarchistic theory of science, subjective Bayesians, and new experimentalism;
– Methodology of applied science;
– Legal and ethical aspects of publishing.

PART 2: Project/Workshops, 4.5 ECTS credits
– Approaching research problem – a research question and hypothesis;
– Validation and verification of research hypothesis;
– How to organise and write thesis and scientific paper;
– Tools for referencing and using templates;
– Presenting and disputing of research results;
– Reviewing of the research reports;
– Project and teamwork management.
The course parts can be taken separately, but the order Part 1 then Part 2 or both parts parallel are recommended

3. Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding:
– Fundamental concept and theory concerning modern paradigm in science, special in applied
– Academic and publishing culture.
Skills and Abilities:
– Scientific writing;
– Research competence;
– Write, present and dispute scientific papers and reports.
Judgment and Approach
– Be able to analyse, review and oppose scientific papers and reports.

4. Learning and teaching
The course is given as a campus course. Instruction consists of lectures, seminars and workshops along with
written and oral assignments. The course is taught in English.

5. Assessment and grading
The examination consists of active compulsory participation in seminars and workshops, written
assignments submitted and presented in different ways.
Code Module Credit
Theory 3.0 ECTS
Project – individual part 2.0 ECTS
Project – group part 2.5 ECTS
Assessment of the course is the grade pass or fail (G/U).

6. Course evaluation
The course coordinator is responsible that the doctoral student has the opportunity to comment on the course.

7. Course literature and other teaching material
– A.F. Chalmers: What is this Thing Called Science? ISBN 0-87220-452-9.
– Course coordinator will provide suitable compendia and a list of supplementary literature before the course starts

8. Course coordinator/responsible
Wlodek Kulesza, Professor, BTH

9. Certificate
On the student’s request, course certificate is issued by BTH through the course coordinator.

Information retrieval for PhD students

Information Retrieval for PhD students

The course “Information Retrieval for PhD students” is open for registration. The aim of the course is to develop the participant´s information literacy, which will say, the ability to search, critically evaluate and use information during the process of writing the thesis.


The following main topics will be dealt with during the course:

  • Search Strategies
  • Information Retrieval
  • Information Sources
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Open Access
  • Bibliometrics
  • Research Data
  • Reference Management
  • Systematic/Literature Reviews
  • Literature Monitoring
  • Internet and the Visible Researcher

The course is web-based with some compulsory lectures. Participants should independently find their way to an individual search and publishing strategy within their research area by finding and reading relevant literature, working with exercises, writing compulsory assignments and reviewing the work of others. The course organization requires active participation. At the examination, which is mandatory and on campus (or online via zoom), the students will present their thesis and review someone else’s work.

Course start

The course starts week 44 2022 and continues to week 2 2023. There are 10 sessions planned, once a week on Wednesday afternoons (if you prefer another day we can always discuss that)

The sessions are an opportunity for you to understand and discuss the assignments and exercises and get feedback on your findings and your work. Almost every week during the course you need to hand in an assignment no later than Monday the same week.

  • Date of the first session:  Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 at 13-15 either in the Library, Karlskrona or via zoom.

In the first session, we will introduce ourselves, the course content, literature and the learning platform. We will discuss searches and the concept of information literacy. We want you to present yourself, your research area and what you expect from the course. Also, consider how you would describe your research topic with a few keywords.

To apply

Application no later than Friday, October 28th, 2022.
Send me an email with your name, institution, BTH acronym, personal code and the name of your Ph.D. supervisor.
If you are not able to attend the first session, please tell me!


Eva Norling