spring 2023
FSK-8003 Leadership skills - preparing PhD students for taking on leadership tasks - 2 ECTS

Application deadline

Application code: 9301

PhD students at UiT apply for a seat by registering for classes in StudentWeb before 1 February. The registration starts 15 November. Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb before 1 December with the application code 9301. For applicants who are granted a seat, a study right will be created, and these applicants apply for a seat by registering for classes in StudentWeb before 1 February. The study right gives the applicant admission to register to other open PhD courses at UiT or apply for a seat to PhD courses at UiT where entry is limited.

Type of course


Admission requirements

Prerequisites: None.

This course is aimed at PhD candidates from all scientific disciplines, but is open for postdoc fellows if seats are available. If PhD candidates aim to include the credits from the course in the 30 mandatory PhD ECTS, this should be discussed with the supervisor. PhD students from UiT and other universities in Norway may be admitted to the course. PhD students that are not registered at UiT must upload a document from their university, stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

The course has maximum 30 seats and will be cancelled if less than 15 students register for the course. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, priority will be given as follows:

  • Participants admitted to the PhD programme at UiT that are in the 3. - 4. year of their PhD project
  • Participants admitted to the PhD programme at UiT that that are in the 1. - 2.year of their PhD project
  • Participants in the Associate Professor programme (Førstelektorprogrammet)
  • PhD candidates from other universities
  • People with a minimum of a Master´s degree (or equivalent), who have not been admitted to a PhD programme. Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma and must document proficiency in English. A detailed list of various criteria to qualify for English language proficiency can be found here: English proficiency

Please 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; hence we recommend this course to PhD students at the end of their PhD project.

The course introduces the concept of leadership and different leadership styles that one can find in academic and non-academic organizations. We will also discuss the value of leadership; what does it actually mean to lead and to be led? The second main objective of the course is to make participants reflect upon their own leader experience and think about which skills & personal traits are relevant and important to succeed as leader. We will introduce analytical tools that will help participants to understand their own core qualities, as this is essential to understand group dynamics and be a good tool to create a successful team. We will talk about the concept of emotional competency, learn techniques how to identify and resolve conflicts at the workspace and finally discuss the importance of cultural intelligence in international groups. The course includes many hands-on group exercises, which will make this course relevant for course participants from all research disciplines.

Objectives of the course


  • 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 reflect upon own leadership skills and take steps to further ones development
  • Develop emotional competency to understand group dynamics, conflicts and identify solutions to resolve associated challenges

Generell competency:

  • Be able to transfer knowledge of leadership and leadership skills to practical use
  • Be aware of the societal responsibility as leader and how to advance your enterprise/ employees

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

This will be an intensive course with lectures by experienced leaders, practical assignments and group work.


Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
Off campus exam 02.05.2023 09:00 (Hand out)
09.05.2023 14:00 (Hand in)
1 Weeks Passed / Not Passed

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Coursework Requirenment Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

Coursework requirement:

  • Submission of a short essay where you reflect upon your experience as leader (more information will be announced on Canvas).
  • Minimum 80% course participation.

Re-sit examination

There will be no continuation exam.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 2
  • Course code: FSK-8003
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