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HEL-8045-EN Innovation and public science communication - 3 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for psykologi

Type of course

The course is incorporated in the essential part of the PhD education at the Faculty of Health Sciences, and is compulsory for PhD students at the Faculty of Health Sciences enrolled after 9th September 2010.

The course can be undertaken as a single course.

Course overlap

BED-8004 Academic entrepreneurship - preparing PhD students for an entrepreneurial career 1 stp

Course contents

The university wishes to strengthen research-based innovation and facilitate the innovation of services and products. Innovation is dependent on the ability to communicate cutting-edge ideas.

Public science communication and innovation is important to society. Dissemination is one of the three pillars of the university, the others being research and teaching.

The act relating to universities and university colleges imposes us «to disseminate and communicate results from research, and to facilitate participation in the public debate by the institution's staff and students». Researchers have valuable knowledge they should bring in.

Science communication is also an increasingly important tool for the researcher themselves, among other things to develop as a lecturer, form alliances with new partners in research, innovation and society, to obtain external funding, and for a career in and outside academia.

The course provides an introduction to audience-driven communication and shows the importance of tailoring your messages according to the receiver. The course also provides an introduction to innovation in and outside academia, and the process from idea to product and service innovation.

Participants will gain an overview of different public communication channels and an insight into how they can be utilized together and individually in an effective way. Through examples and practical exercises, participants will practice message design and communication in various channels, with the goal of becoming more confident and more active in the role as communicator of their own field.

Science communication is to be understood as an integral part of being a scientist and perceived as a rewarding task, for which the participants possess good tools for mastering.

Application deadline

PhD students and students at the Student Research Program at UiT The Arctic University of Norway register for class in Studentweb by September 1st for autumn semester and February 1st for spring semester.

Other applicants apply for the right to study by June 1st for courses that are taught in the fall semester and December 1st for courses that are taught in the spring semester. Application is sent through Søknadsweb. Please use the appliction code "9301 - Singular courses at the PhD level". If granted admission to the course students have to register for class in Studentweb by September 1st for autumn semester and February 1st for spring semester.

Admission requirements

Recommended prerequisites

Experience shows that the course is more useful the more research/professional knowledge one has to communicate. It is recommended to take the course halfway through the PhD programme.

Entry requirements

PhD students, postgraduate students or other students who are part of a research program, and applicants with a Norwegian postgraduate degree of 5 years or 3+2 years (or equivalent), are qualified to apply. PhD students and research program students do not pay term fees.

This course has a maximum capacity of 22 students. If there are more applicants than available seats in the course, students will be given priority from category 1 to 4:

1. PhD students, research fellows and students participating in the Student research Programme at UiT The Arctic University of Norway

2. Participants in the Associate Professor Programme

3. PhD students and students at a Student Research Programme at other universities

4. Applicants who have minimum a master’s degree or equivalent, but have not been admitted to a PhD programme

Should we have to make priorities within category 1, students who have gotten the furthest in their course of study and have this course as a compulsory part of their training, will be given priority.

Objective of the course



General competencies

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The teaching is given in the form of a 3-day course (25 hours of teaching) containing lectures, practical exercises and group work. The course also includes individual interview training with a journalist in front of a camcorder.

Date for examination

Off campus exam hand in date 25.05.2023

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.