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ARTS: Introduction to PhD supervision for PhD students


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.    

Learning outcome

  • 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 


  • 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

Supplemental information

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.

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.

The course is held in English unless all participants prefer it held in Danish. 

Group work can be in both Danish and English.

For PhD students at Arts, Aarhus University only.

There will be some preparation prior to the course.

Course 2021

Aarhus University, Emdrup, Room A302:

  • Day 1: 10 November, (9:00-15:00)

Registration deadline: 27 October 2021

Aarhus University, Aarhus, building 1910, room 228:

  • Day 1: 3 November, (9:00-15:00)

Registration deadline: 20 October 2021


  • ECTS: 0.5
  • Language: English
  • Span: 6 hours course + preparing activities. 
  • Time: Fall 2021
  • Format: Course with physical attendance
  • Course certificate: upon satisfactory completion
  • Antal deltagere: Min. 5, maks. 30