19. marts 2019

Kursus: Prepare for the labour market

Aim and content
A 2.5 day course aimed at preparing Ph.D. students to work with real issues, getting to know and use some innovation tools, like Principles of Brainstorm, the Double Diamond model (a design process model) and using different forms of presentation technologies and methods.

In addition, the course is an opportunity for Ph.D. students to network and hear what other former Ph.D. students work with in the labour market outside the university. This allows Ph.D. students to see their own values and competencies in a new perspective.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:


  •  understand what makes brainstorms effective
  •  demonstrate the different phases of convergent and divergent thinking in the design process model Double Diamond
  •  demonstrate insights into how to generate a pitch 
  •  have a more clear understanding of the expectations towards PhD´s in the labour market


  • structure group work according to an innovative design process model and design such workshops 
  • present solutions to different target groups in a concise and convincing matter


  • identify the disciplinary aspects of a given case challenge, assess the relevant disciplinary content in relation to solving the challenge, and develop and contribute to solutions based on his or her own disciplinary background
  • work collaboratively on a case solution with people with different disciplinary backgrounds

The course will introduce you to the various aspects of innovative processes by coming up with a solution to a case provided by former Ph.D. students from the different disciplines present at the Faculty of Social Sciences. There will also be time to network with this people. An inspirational talk will address the expectations towards and requests after Ph.D. students in the labour market.

During the case solving process, you are introduced to some fundamental principles of brainstorms and the differences between convergent and divergent thinking by using the Double Diamond, a professional design process model. Furthermore, you will get an introduction and practice presentation techniques.

The Toolbox for Innovation in Education is used as a resource throughout the course: https://innovationenglish.sites.ku.dk/

Selected literature

PhD students who are interested in jobs outside academia.

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students primarily from the Faculty of Social Science, but also from other faculties at UCPH and from other universities:


The format is highly participatory with case / group work, presentations and discussions.

Peter Wick, (pewi@samf.ku.dk)

Dates: 30 October – 1 November 2019 (09:00 – 16:30 / last day to 12:30)

ECTS: 1.5

Course location
The Faculty of Social Sciences, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, Room: (will be announced to the participants after the registration deadline)

Max. number of participants: 25

The registration deadline was 7 October.

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules. Applications from other participants will be considered after the registration deadline.