PhD courses

The PhD programme includes coursework of approximately one semester of study, totaling 30 ECTS.

There are “generic” (general) courses arranged at Graduate School of Social Sciences. The topics of these courses are relevant to all of the faculty's PhD students. The students are to gain general competence in, e.g. pedagogy, communications, writing scientific papers in English, etc. The sociology courses, on the other hand, are typically offered by the department. See the website: Research – PhD student – PhD courses. They are usually first announced by e-mail and also posted at

Taking a generic introductory course and a sociological project design course in the first semester of the  program is mandatory. The department regularly offers courses in sociological theory and methods (sometimes in cooperation with the Sociology departments at Aalborg and Lund University).

PhD students may also take courses at other departments and universities, both nationally ( and internationally.

Further, PhD students are encouraged to participate in the suggestion and planning of course activities. This ensures that the specialised courses offered resonate with the interests of the PhD students, while providing the opportunity for the students to become part of an international academic network and build their capacity to organise academic events. On KUnet under the department you can find a description on how to plan a PhD course.