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Expected learning outcomes

Here you can find information about knowledge, skills and competences you as a candidate should acquire after completing the PhD programme.


The PhD programme will give you knowledge about:

  • the knowledge status and needs within your own field of research nationally and internationally
  • the diversity of research approaches and research methods relevant to medical and health research
  • standards for quality research within your own field and within medical and health research in general
  • strengths and weaknesses of your own research methods and methodological challenges within your own field
  • the foundation of science and principles of knowledge acquisition in medical and health research
  • ethical dilemmas and principles within medical research including the Health Research Act and other relevant legislation
  • principles for convergence and interdisciplinarity in medical and health research
  • forms and principles of research innovation


The PhD programme will provide you with skills to:

  • demonstrate original, independent and critical thinking in your research
  • identify and develop innovative research questions
  • keep up to date on research in your field
  • participate in academic discussions nationally and internationally, for instance through participation in workshops, seminars and conferences
  • read and critically assess the breadth of medical research literature in medical and health research
  • discuss, select and apply relevant research methods to answer a research question
  • reflect on and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your own research methods and results
  • reflect on and discuss ethical and epistemological dilemmas in research
  • apply national and international principles and rules of ethics, including the Health Research Act
  • publish articles in internationally recognised journals within your field
  • disseminate research finding to non-scientists and the public
  • draw on interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise when approaching complex research questions

General competence

The PhD programme will give you general competence to:

  • receive and utilise supervision
  • work in multidisciplinary teams with complex research questions
  • use databases and information and communication technology-based research tools
  • participate in the organisation and management of meetings, conferences and seminars
  • work in a structured and independent manner in order to reach your objectives
  • gain an overview of and acquire advanced knowledge
  • develop innovative and critical thinking
  • express yourself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • analyse, evaluate and communicate your own strengths and weaknesses
  • develop your knowledge, competencies and skills continuously and purposefully
  • provide constructive and critical feedback on others' academic work
  • build and manage professional networks
  • constructively contribute to a good working and learning environment

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Published Dec. 10, 2015 10:07 AM - Last modified May 28, 2018 12:19 PM