Aarhus Universitets segl

HEALTH: The PhD student as supervisor for undergraduate students – how and when?


As a part of their teaching responsibilities, PhD students sometimes supervise undergraduate students. In doing so, the PhD students play an important role as a near-peer-supervisor guiding the students in their learning. This course aims to prepare PhD students to act as co-supervisors on Bachelor's and Master's students assignments and/or learning processes.  

Learning outcome

By the end of the course, the participants are able to

  • Discuss and reflect on requirements and responsibilities of different supervisor and co-supervisor roles,
  • Provide feedback to undergraduate students’ written or oral presentation in a way that facilitate the undergraduate students’ learning process, and
  • Acquire knowledge about undergraduate students’ expectations and interests in order to balance supervisor’s control and undergraduate students’ own control of their projects


Before the first day of the course, participants are to do a small online learning activity pertaining to their actual experiences with supervision of undergraduate students.

The main themes of the first day of the course are:

  • The roles, requirements and responsibilities of the PhD student as a co-supervisor
  • The power of feedback – how to provide feedback that promotes learning?
  • Product and process in the supervision – who controls the undergraduates’ project?

Between the two course days, participants are to do an assignment related to their own practice.

The main themes of the second day of the course are:

  • Alignment of expectations and interests
  • Discussions and peer-feedback on the participants’ assignments
  • Theme decided based on the suggestions and interests amongst the participants.

Recommended knowledge for participation

This course is relevant for all PhD students who wish to improve their quality of supervision. It is not crucial that the student has regular supervision with undergraduate students. However, participants will probably benefit the most if they already supervise or have supervision experience.   

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Research Year students and Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc collaboration
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses


Spring 2024

  • 19 April 2024 (mandatory self-paced online course asignments)
  • 29 April 2024 9.00-15.00
  • 15 May 2024 9.00-15.00

Registration deadline: 29 March 2024

For the full course description, dates and registration please see the Course Calendar of the Graduate School of Health.    

Autumn 2024

  • 26 August 2024 (mandatory self-paced online course asignments)
  • 10 September 2024 9.00-15.00
  • 2 October 2024 9.00-15.00

Registration deadline: 5 August 2024

For the full course description, dates and registration please see the Course Calendar of the Graduate School of Health.    


  • Target group: PhD students
  • ECTS: 2
  • Language: English
  • Format: Face-to-face and online workshop
  • Span: 1 online session of 5 hours + 2 face-to-face sessions of 12 hours in all + 13 hours preparation. 75 hours course work in all
  • Course certificate: upon satisfactory completion
  • No. of participants: max. 24


Johanne Gregor Nielsen

Kursusadministrator Administrationscenter Health - Health ph.d-administration