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PhD Courses

There are three types of courses for higher education; required courses, generic courses and subject courses.
All courses are open to all PhD students at the Faculty, regardless department. PhD Student from other faculties or universities are also allowed to apply to the courses at the Faculty of Science. The digital course catalog, FUBAS provides information on all courses given by the Faculty and it is also where you apply for a course.

FUBAS will retrieved information from Ladok about all the PhD students at the university, such as personal data and research subject.

Don't forget to confirm your admission

An admission notice will be sent via email. If you have been accepted into a course please confirm your admission, otherwise your will lose your place.

Required courses

The Faculty Board is responsible for ensuring that third-cycle students receive a good introduction and are given access to relevant information about rules and procedures.

Doctoral students who teach in undergraduate education must also have undergone initial teaching and learning in higher education or otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge. The courses "Introductory course for third-cycle students" and "Teaching and Learning in Higher Education" are compulsory for all doctoral students at the Faculty of Science. University introductory day for third-cycle students is compulsory for all doctoral students at the University.

  • Introductory course for third-cycle students

    This 1.5 HEC course is mandatory and is given in English twice a year, usually in March/April and in October.
    The course is intended to provide useful understanding of the rules, rights and obligations that apply to third-cycle education at the University of Gothenburg and the Faculty of Science. The course includes education in ethics and a workshop on the individual study plan and it is degree objectives. Third-cycle students should take this course as early as possible after admission.

    Note: The course includes an overnight stay (Thursday to Friday) on a location outside Gothenburg.

    The next course will be given February 3-5 och February 20-21.

    Questions about the introductory course? Please contact Doctoral studies officer Gabriella Olshammar.

  • University introductory day for third-cycle students

    An introductory day at university level is given every semester. This introductory course is compulsory for all third-cycle students at the University.

    Next introductory day will be given March 11, 2020 at 09:00-15:00. You find more information in Fubas.

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (HPE101)

    The course is mandatory for all third-cycle students at the Faculty of Science. Third-cycle students who teach first- or second-cycle courses must have completed introductory training in teaching and learning in higher education, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge in some other way, no later than one year after acceptance to Ph.D. studies. (A doctoral student who will not teach during his or her education may after application be granted an exemption by the Dean.)

    The PhD students will be given the opportunity to complete the course during the first postgraduate education year. Doctoral students who will not teach with during their education will also be offered the higher education pedagogical education.

    The course is open for all doctoral students at the Faculty of Science through a co-operation between the Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning unit (PIL) and the Faculty of Science. English versions are sometimes available.

    Application to the course will usually open in April and October
    (Please note that you'll have to state your departments' cost code when you apply for the course - the course is however free of cost, as long as you participate in the course.)

    For more information about the course Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and to apply please visit The digital course catalog, FUBAS

    More information about PIL courses

  • Joint courses at the Faculty

    Some courses are given by the Faculty of Science, with an appointed host department. The courses are open for all PhD students.

    The course Statistics using R is no longer given by the faculty, Insted you can find and apply for the course, at Sahlgrenska Academy. You find more information in Fubas.

    Dates for the course Effective Academic Writing will be announced in Fubas, in the beginning of January, 2020.


    Previous subject courses

    Here you'll find a list of all PhD courses that has been given at the Faculty of Science since January 1st 2016, listed by their host department. Some of the courses are periodic and will be given every year.

    Please contact the host department if you are interested to know if or when a previous course will run again. Current courses will be available at the digital course catalog, Fubas. 

  • Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
    • Life and Earth History
    • Behavioural responses to a changing world
    • Chlorophyll fluorescence - principles and applications
    • Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations
    • Seaweed Ecology and Physiology - literature course
    • Target capture for NGS sequencing
    • Plant–Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Climate
    • PhD studies – roles, research and result
    • Problembaserat lärande, med fokus på basgruppshandledning
    • Innovative systems for sustainable marine aquaculture
    • Experimental microsurgey
    • Fish and Fisheries Evolutionary Ecology
    • Photosynthesis – theory and applications
    • African biogeography - field course in South Africa
    • Transdisciplinary approaches to sustainable marine aquaculture
    • Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology - Book seminars
  • Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Applied quantum chemistry
    • Yeast Genome-Wide Analysis Principles and Basic Skills
    • Literature Course in Biochemistry
    • Introduction to working with proteins and antibodies
    • Analytical Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry
    • Advanced (biomolecular) NMR
    • Advanced Atmospheric Chemistry
    • Photoisomerisable Molecules: Concepts and Best Practice
  • Department of Conservation
    • The Thesis as a Genre within Conservation
    • Higher seminar in Conservation
  • Department of Earth Sciences
    • Automate your GIS - Scripting in Python
    • Stable isotope tools in Earth System Sciences
    • Modeling strategies
    • Earth system sciences
    • NORDQUA field trip: Deglacial history and geomorphic development of the area between Vänern and Vättern
    • Geo-seminar course
    • Late Holocene climate variability
    • Pollution And Land Management (PALM course series) 1. Delta Environments
    • Arctic in a changing climate
    • Land use greenhouse gas emissions
    • Biogeochemistry – rhizosphere and soil processes
    • Land use greenhouse gas emissions - IPCC guidelines, UNFCCC reporting, global and EU policy
    • Greenhouse gases GHG - biogeochemistry and measurement techniques in ecosystems and landscapes 
  • Department of Marine Sciences
    • Scientific Diving and Documentation techniques
    • Tropical marine ecosystems of East Africa
    • Meta-analysis in Biology and Environmental Sciences
    • Seaweed Ecology and Physiology
    • An introduction to bioinformatic tools for population genomic and metagenetic data analysis
    • Oceanographic Models
    • Innovative systems for sustainable marine aquaculture
    • Sea-Ice Microbial Ecosystems
    • Introduction to mathematics for researchers
    • Physical Chemical Biological Coupling in the Pelagic
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
    • Lie groups and discrete subfroups, symmetric and locally symmetric spaces
    • Harmonic analysis of measures
    • Markov Decision Processes
    • Pseudodifferential operators
    • Approximate Bayesian Computation
    • Advanced Basics of Geometric Measure Theory
    • Analysis of Boolean function
    • Finite Element Methods
    • Statistical principles, fundamentals and applications for Ph.D. students in natural science
    • Target capture for NGS sequencing
    • Classical and Quantum particle systems
    • Analytic Number Theory
    • Berkovich spaces
    • An introduction to Stein's Method
    • Statistics using R
    • Workshop on Modelling in Biology and Medicine
    • Mathematical biology
    • Fractals 
  • Department of Physics
    • Optical Tweezers and Optical Manipulation
    • Tillämpad molekylfysik
    • Synchrotron radiation based science
    • Laser and Mass Spectrometry
    • Quantum Mechanics
    • Experimental Physics: Spectroscopic Methods

External course arrangers

As a third-cycle student at the Faculty of Science you also have possibilities to take courses at other faculties within the university and at the Chalmers university of technology.

Sahlgrenska Academy

Faculty of Science has close collaboration with the Sahlgrenska Academy, the University of Gothenburg's medical faculty.
Courses at Sahlgrenska Academy is at Fubas

Chalmers University of Technology

Several of the faculty's Departments are located within the Chalmers campus and the Departments work closely with Chalmers Departments.

To Chalmers University of Technology doctoral courses

Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV)

The university and Chalmers University of technology has a joint Centre whose aim is to generate and practically implement knowledge about sustainable development

To Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development graduate schools

Faculty of Social Sciences

The course Communicating science is give by the Faculty of Social Sciences.The course is designed for phd students who want to learn more about research communication.

Read more about the course Communicating science

Course package: "Protection of research information and the prevention of scientific misconduct"

Gothenburg University's education on how to protect research information and prevent misconduct in research. The course is aimed at PhD Students, researchers, supervisors and other research support staff and is given in two different rounds, one is held in English and the other one is held in Swedish. The course includes three occasions each with two lessons of lessons.

More information about skills development courses at the university

Unit for Academic Language

Unit for Academic Language arranges workshops and seminars, for PhD Students and reserachers about academic writing and language development

Read more about the Unit for Academic Language

Other external courses


Contact at the Faculty Office

Gabriella Olshammar
Doctoral studies officer
+46 31-786 9875

Faculty Office of Science
Box 460
S-405 30 Gothenburg

FUBAS - course portal för Phd Students

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Contact information to all the Directors of Graduate Studies

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