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FSK-8003 Leadership skills - preparing PhD students for taking on leadership tasks - 2 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course


Course contents

Most PhD students have little leadership experience and most lack leadership training or formal education to show for on their CV. Furthermore, few PhD-students are aware of their personal skills and leadership potential, or how to develop these. Despite these facts, many jobs available to candidates with PhD degrees, both outside and within academia, include leadership tasks such as project management, team leadership and supervision.
This course aims to prepare PhD students to take on leadership tasks once their degrees are completed. This will be achieved through introducing different leadership concepts and raising the PhD students` awareness of the value of leadership and how leadership takes many forms.
The second main objective is to make the PhD students reflect upon their own problem solving style and the associated advantages and disadvantages.

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: 1 April.
Application deadline for external applicants: 1 March.

Admission requirements

Prerequisites: none
The course is open for candidates with a documented admission to a PhD program at all faculties at UiT- The Arctic University of Norway. PhD-candidates from other institutions are also welcome

Course responsible and contact person is Arve Lynghammar (
Maximum number of participants: 20.

PhD students register for the course through StudentWeb: Studentweb

External applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb: Søknadsweb

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen ( at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Objective of the course



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Teaching methods

Lectures by experienced leaders and one practical seminar. The course will be held in May or April (to be announced at


In order to meet the objectives of the course, each participant will be required to write a short essay. In order to pass the exam, each student will have to provide:

Grading: passed/not passed

Recommended reading/syllabus

Lectures Spring 2016