spring 2021
FSK-8003 Leadership skills - preparing PhD students for taking on leadership tasks - 2 ECTS

Last changed 10.06.2021

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: February 1. Application deadline for other applicants: February 1.

Type of course


Admission requirements

Prerequisites: None.


This course is aimed at PhD students and researchers (including PostDocs) from all scientific disciplines, but is open for applicants holding a Master`s degree. If you aim to include the credits from the course in your 30 mandatory PhD ECTS you should discuss it with both your supervisor and your faculty.


The course has 20 seats. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked in this order:

1. PhD students at UiT

2. Participants in the Associate Professor programme at UiT (must hold a Master´s  degree)

3. Registered PhD students from other universities

4. Applicants documenting that they have a Norwegian Master´s degree (or equivalent)


The course will be cancelled if less than eight participants.


PhD students at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for spring semester starts in the middle of December.


Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9305.


Non-UiT PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that they are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you, see the following list: Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document: Proficiency in english - PhD level studies

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course. 

Course content

Most PhD students have little leadership experience and most lack leadership training or formal education to show for on their CV. Furthermore, few PhD-students are aware of their personal skills and leadership potential, or how to develop these. Despite these facts, many jobs available to candidates with PhD degrees, both outside and within academia, include leadership tasks such as project management, team leadership and supervision. This course aims to prepare PhD students to take on leadership tasks once their degrees are completed. This will be achieved through introducing different leadership concepts and raising the PhD students` awareness of the value of leadership and how leadership takes many forms. The second main objective is to make the PhD students reflect upon their own problem solving style and the associated advantages and disadvantages.

Objectives of the course


  • Be able to describe the contents of different theories on leadership
  • Be able to explain the range of leadership skills needed in order to practice good leadership
  • Be able to describe different problem-solving styles and their associated benefits and disadvantages


  • Use achieved knowledge as analytical tools to formulate, structure and discuss aspects of leadership
  • Be able to transfer knowledge of leadership and leadership skills to practical use
  • Be able to reflect upon own leadership skills and take steps to further ones development

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures by experienced leaders and one practical seminar. The course will be held week 17 (26th -30th of april) (Tentative dates). The course will be given digitally


In order to meet the objectives of the course, each participant will be required to write a short essay. In order to pass the exam, each student will have to provide:

  • Pre-course work according to instructions provided once you have been accepted as a participant.
  • Participation on all lectures and the seminar.
  • Short written essay, the subject of which will be given by the end of the course.

Grading: passed/not passed


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 2
  • Course code: FSK-8003