Journal Club & Watch

Ph.D. -course

Course description

Course content

The course has 3 main objectives

1. Give the student an insight into new original research publications, both with relation to own research project but also in broader context.

2. Train the students in transferable skills, e.g. presentation techniques, critical reading and thinking, scientific discussion and argumentation.

3. Interaction, network building and collaboration with fellow students (horizontal interaction/supervision).

Learning outcomes


After completing the course the student should have:

- Obtained a deeper insight into the literature related to own research field

- Received knowledge in various other research fields, by studying original frontline publications.


- Improved training in skills like presentation technique, verbally presenting scientific information, critically thinking and reading scientific publications, being able to discuss and comment

in a scientific manner.

- Building up competence in communication and strategic network building among fellow students.

General Competence

- Improve ways of thinking, communicating and interacting in a scientific manner.

- Identify relevant ethical issues and perform own research after best practices.

Study period

This is a continuous course with no start nor finish, it runs the whole year with short breaks during summer holiday and at Christmas.

A detailed program is prepared at the beginning of each semester; please contact the course coordinator for more information.

Credits (ECTS)


Course location

Seminar rooms 5.1 and 5.2, 5th floor, The Laboratory Building, Department of clinical science

Language of instruction

English (Norwegian on request).

Course registration and deadlines

None, the student may register at any time.


- The student should be at graduate or post-graduate level (have a BSc or equivalent).

- No knowledge immunology is needed, but advantageous.

- Basic knowledge of human biology.

Recommended Previous Knowledge
No special requirements, but basic cell biology and immunological knowledge is advantageous.
Part of training component
Part of the formal training of the PhD program.
Form of assessment

None - Grading: Pass/Fail

To fulfill the requirements for the course, the candidate needs to participate active in the seminars for more than 2 semesters to pass.

Who may participate

PhD-students specifically, but all other students, post docs, researchers are encouraged to participate.

Supplementary course information

More information is available at


- 1 hour seminar every week, running continuous during both the spring and autumn semester.

- A detailed program is prepared prior to start of course, please contact the course coordinator for more information.

Academic responsible

Participants (students, researchers and supervisors)

Reading list

The syllabus will be covered by a selection of newer original research publications.