Welcome to Preparation of Research Plan for Ph.D.’s


The objective of this one-day PhD course is to provide a presentation on how to make a good study plan. A PhD study plan typically consists of the following sections: (1) project summary; (2) scientific content of the PhD project, including background, state-of-the-art literature review, objectives, key methods, expected outcome, time schedule and milestone, outline and structure of the PhD thesis, publication strategy and tentative titles of papers; (3) collaboration agreement between supervisor and student; (4) plan for PhD courses; (5) plan for fulfillment of knowledge dissemination; (6) agreements on immaterial rights to patents; (7) plan for external collaboration; (8) financial budget for the project; and (9) reference list.

As a relatively new PhD student, it is hardly possible to give a full and clear description of what you will do and how you will do in the coming three years. You may only have some vague ideas about your project. This course will help you to settle these problems as quickly and as well as possible via an effective literature study. A literature study is not only a potted summary of who did what. You need to find their similarities/difference, point out their contributions and flaws in methodology or gaps in research, and outline what you can utilize and what you can improve in your project. A good literature study will make your ideas about your project clearer and clearer, based on which you can start to write up your study plan, with well-defined what to do, why to do and how to do.

We will also go around different databases to get the latest impact research in the field by using e.g. Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar as well as discuss how to make efficient time-planning

Prerequisites: No

Form of evaluation: 1-page written reflection on how to conduct an effective literature survey/review, familiarize yourself with your PhD project topic, gain in-depth knowledge about what to do and how to do,and then prepare a good study plan with well-defined realistic objectives and the corresponding technical tasks / time schedule / publication plan.

Organizer: Professor Frede Blaabjerg, fbl@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University

Lecturers: Professor Frede Blaabjerg, Aalborg University, Associate Professor Chungen Yin, Aalborg University


Time: 31 October 2019, on 08:30 hours

Place: Pontoppidanstraede 101, room 1.011

City: DK-9220 Aalborg East

Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 10 October 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registration.