The PhD Supervision Process: Methods and Tools

The course is aimed at PhD supervisors and co-supervisors at DTU. It includes three separate course days. Homework must be expected both before the course and in-between course days. The course is offered in English.

After completion of the course you will:

  • Be able to identify challenging phases of the PhD project and be aware of upcoming crises 
  • Be able to reflect on your own supervision style in a broad perspective 
  • Have new ideas for your supervision from exchanging experiences with other supervisors 
  • Have acquired communicative tools for active listening and giving 
  • Identify the PhD students' strengths and weaknesses
  • Adapt the supervision process, so the PhD students’ learning is optimized, including taking account of intercultural dimensions in the supervision
  • Be able to clarify mutual expectations between you, the PhD student and other supervisors/people connected to the project

Form and content 
Teaching at the course alternates between presentations, working with tools and methods, and exchanging experiences related to supervision. There is a close and consistent relationship between the teaching and the participants´ own experiences. The following topics are included in the course:

  • Supervision style 
  • Awareness of strong and weak points as a supervisor 
  • Insights into your PhD students' own perspectives 
  • Active listening – learn how to listen to your PhD student 
  • Feedback methods 
  • Collaboration agreement 
  • Intercultural dimensions in supervision 
  • Exchange of experiences with other supervisors 
  • Alternating themes depending on the participants interests   

As preparation for Workshop I:
All participants have to write a story about a real experience of PhD Supervision. It is best to choose a situation that offered a challenge and it is an advantage if the problem has not yet been solved. If you do not have an experience of PhD supervision, an experience from being a PhD student yourself or from supervision of master students can be used. The story will be used in the planning of the course and you must be willing to share it with the other participants. The volume is approx. 1 A4 page and all names must be anonymous.

Between the second and the third course day, the participants do peer coaching in groups of supervisors together with their PhD students.

Supervision experience from one or more PhD supervision processes.

Mirjam Godskesen
Mirjam holds a PhD from DTU, is certified coach and works as coach, process consultant and as teacher within a university context. Her experiences from coaching PhD students and from developing a concept for coaching of PhD students will be included in the course. She has experience from conducting PhD supervision workshops for other universities.  

Practical information
The language of instruction is English. 

The course fee is DKK 5000 for all three workshops.
Full fee is paid if a cancellation is made later than 2 weeks before the start of the course.
Building 402, room H009, DTU Lyngby Campus.

Further information
Contact Course Leader Mirjam Godskesen, or Course Coordinator Rikke Byrsting,, tel. 4525 1120.

Spring 2020
Workshop I: Wednesday 29 April  2020, 9am-4pm
Workshop II: Thursday 28 May  2020, 9am-4pm
Workshop III: Monday 22 June 2020, 9am-4pm
Deadline for registration: 17 April 2020 - Register online here

Autumn 2020
Workshop I: Thursday 5 November 2020, 9am-4pm 
Workshop II: Thursday 19 November 2020, 9am-4pm 
Workshop III: Thursday 10 December 2020, 9am-4pm 
Deadline for registration: 23 October 2020 - Register online here

This course is the second part of Programme for PhD supervisors. See description of the introduction course here.
6 JUNE 2020