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Docent or Readership Course

The Swedish title docent more or less corresponds to a British reader or an American associate professor. As the title docent is a well known denomination
also for most English speaking academics, and to avoid confusion, we have chosen to use just that title when speaking of this course. The Docent course is a course in preparation for appointment as a docent at LTH, as well as a qualifying course in teaching and learning in higher education. The course addresses topics of relevance for a future docent at LTH, such as research supervision, third-cycle studies (doctoral education), academic conduct, scholarly standards, and assessment of PhD candidates.

The aim of the course is thus to prepare a future docent for the functions of a research supervisor, a researcher and a faculty examiner/member of examining committees at LTH.

Course structure

Apart from lectures, the course consists of practical and individual exercises followed by group discussions and analysis. The course includes components such as techniques of scientific presentation skills and feedback, voice and speech, poster presentations, science in social media, and the writing of popular science. To be able to pass the course the participant must have attended at least 80% of the scheduled activities and fulfilled all required science presentations.


To be admitted to the course, participants must have a PhD degree. In order to benefit as much as possible from the course, participants are recommended to have some postdoctoral experience of supervision and research.


The course corresponds to 3 weeks of full-time work.

Kursplan (PDF, 430 kB, in Swedish, new tab)

Syllabus (PDF, 425 kB, new tab)

Course leaders


Next course starts in August - register here before 31 July!


23/8 13:15-15
26/8 9:15-12 + 13:15-15
27/8 9:15-12 + 13:15-15
2/9 13:15-17
6/9 13:15-15
20/9 or 23/9 13:15-16
11/10 13:15-16
25/10 10:15-16 (including lunch)

All meetings take place on site, at LTH.


Information is given by the course leader
(see list on the left)

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