PhD Courses 2018/19

KADK’s PhD School is organized into three research training programmes offering courses within the fields of architecture, design and preservation. Additionally, the PhD School offers generic classes for the PhD students.

All PhD students matriculated in a doctoral degree-awarding institution in Denmark can sign up for PhD courses at KADK PhD School. There might, however, be restrictions on the number of participants in each class.

Academic Writing

Course Aim
The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to aspects of academic writing of scientific articles in English in terms of grammar and structure as related to genre and function, while providing time for participants to work on their own articles.
The course is inspired by a functional grammar and genre-based approach, and will include examples of generically appropriate sample texts with related exercises, as well as structured writing time for participants to work with their own texts.
The course will be taught in English; however, participants are welcome to ask questions and do group work in Danish.

Full participation earns 3 ECTS points.

In order to participate in the workshop, participants must have at least started the writing process – this can be as little as having written an abstract and/or a disposition over what the article will address, or as much as a rough draft  or sketch of the article.  It is recommended for participants to have at least a few paragraphs written (they can be drafts, or sketches), as these will be the basis for particpants’ revision/writing exercises. Time will be made available each day to revise, write and edit your article draft during the workshop with sparring from the other participants and from the instructor.
Participants are expected to have a working level of written English language skills at the tertiary level. This workshop focuses on genre specific language patterns in academic writing and is not a language course as such.

Participants must bring a computer / tablet and a USB memory stick for working on their own and other’s drafts.
Participants should find and bring an example of what they would consider a good article relevant to their field of research. We will use this article for analysis during some of the exercises.

Relevant literature and readings will be made available prior to and during the workshop.

Course Content
Course content will cover the following topics, prioritized depending on participant needs:
- Genre and text style in articles and papers
- Moving from more spoken-like to more written-like, academic language
- Text structure at the whole-text, paragraph and clause levels
- Text density and clarity
- Punctuation and citation

Suggested Program
The following is a preliminary program; content may be adjusted during the workshop based on participant levels. Adjustments may also be made underway, depending on participant requests.

Please note: the first day starts at 9:30

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
09.30 – 10.00: Introduction: Your Academic Writing Profile
10.00 – 12.00: Building a Paragraph, Building an Article - On thematic structures in text
12.00 – 12.45: Lunch
12.45 – 15.00: The Introductory Paragraph - Staging in the Scientific Article

Thursday, August 30th, 2018
09.00 – 12.00: Making Your Language More Written-Like - Noun Groups I  12.00 – 12.45: Lunch
12.45 – 13.30: Orientation at the Clause level - Theme and Rheme
13.30 – 15.00: Waves of abstraction - with focus on analysis

Friday, August 31st, 2018
09.00 – 12.00: Balance and Conciseness
12.00 – 12.45:Lunch
12.45 – 15.00: Reporting Styles and Citation - Dos and Don’ts to take with you

Registration no later than 29 Juli 2018 to Karen Margrethe Laursen:

Exploring New Materialism II

Henrik Oxvig (Associate Prof., KADK)
Martin Søberg (Assistant Prof., KADK)

Collaborating supervisors
Svava Riesto (Associate Prof., University of Copenhagen)
Ulrik Schmidt (Associate Prof., Roskilde University)
Søren Riis (Associate Prof., Roskilde University)
In collaboration with Kristine Sundahl (PhD, KADK)

In continuation of the course Exploring New Materialism (KADK, autumn 2017), this course explores the implications of New Materialism philosophy for theory, criticism and practice in the fields of architecture, art, archeology and social science.

Scholarship acknowledging assemblages, the performative qualities of materials, and inorganic agency has gained a strong foothold through writers such as Morton, Bennett, Haraway, Grosz, DeLanda, Harman, Latour, Yaneva etc. We are interested in discussing the concrete integration of their concepts in contemporary architecture and related fields: How can an attention for material life and agency guide the empirical study of cultural artifacts? And how can empirical studies contribute to expanding, questioning and potentially renewing our thinking and concepts? How do notions of vibrancy and agency define material assemblages, which could consist of climate, buildings and occupants? How does New Materialism approach spatial, material and social aspects in the analysis of material assemblages? How are typically architectural and artistic notions of concept, atmosphere and subjective experience understood from the perspective of New Materialism?

The course consists of two one-day reading sessions in November and a two-day seminar in December. The reading sessions are intended as preparatory for the seminar which will be structured around two-three daily lectures by senior researchers followed by paper presentations by PhD students, discussion and feedback from senior researchers. The two-day seminar will be kicked-off with an international keynote. The focus is on the integration of ideas and perspectives from or related to New Materialism into the student’s own research.

PhD candidates interested in contributing to methodological and interdisciplinary debates on New Materialism and agency will submit a 300-word abstract of their current research and/or planned presentation and a short CV.

2. november,15. november, 29-30. november 2018.

Min. and max. number of participants 
6-18 students

Registration deadline
Registration no later than 15 September 2018 to Karen Margrethe Laursen:

3.5 points


Research Positions in Architectural Technology – objectives and methodologies

Course responsible / Supervisor
Professor, PhD Anne Beim, CINARK, IBT

Additional supervisors/lecturers
Ulrich Knaack, Professor in Design of Construction - Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology, TU Delft, Holland
Linda Hildebrand, Professor in Reusable building, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Steen Nepper Larsen, Associate Professor, DPU, Aarhus University.

Course content
This international research seminar aims to investigate and discuss different scientific positions in PhD projects that engage in questions concerning architectural technology. In this case architectural technology covers topics– across tectonics, environmental studies, construction design and fabrication and material studies. How are measurable data and qualitative phenomenon addressed? What do they have in common and what are their differences? How do scientific and qualitative research traditions; terminology, concepts, methodologies etc. evolve in this field?

The seminar will be framed by a set of short lectures by researchers that represent different international research environments, traditions and theoretical background. (Also, few PhD students from these universities may attend). PhD projects/positions will be presented in order to see and understand how topics, research questions and objectives are defined, and how they correlate with the methodologies that are chosen.

The international research seminar runs over two days and the intention is to:
- Present and discuss (in plenum & groups) the projects of the participating PhD students. The theme is framed by four lectures that introduce different (interdisciplinary) research positions in architectural technology. Plenary discussions conclude the program of each day.
- Provide an ’external’ view upon the presented research projects given by well-defined research traditions within the field.
- Offer the opportunity to establish research contacts and network internationally.

The participating PhD students will be asked to hand in a 300 word abstract and to deliver a poster that present the objectives and methodologies of their project.

Seminar dates: 8 and 9 November, 2018

Min. and max. number of participants 

Registration deadline
Registration no later than 15 September, 2018 to 


Principles in statistics

Course responsible/supervisor
Nanna Bjerregaard Pedersen, KADK, Institute of Conservation (coordinator)

Additional supervisors/lecturers:
Sara Piqueras Solsona, University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management 

Course dates
February 19, February 22, February 26, March 1, March 5, March 8 2019, all days 9 am to 4 pm.

Course content
The course aims to give an introduction to descriptive statistics, data visualization and basic analytical statistics including hypothesis testing, spectroscopic pre-treatment and Principle Component Analysis (PCA) with hands on exercises in the software Excel and R. In addition, the course will include a presentation of each of the participants Ph.D. projects followed by a group discussion focusing on data collection, data presentation, and hypothesis testing in each project.    

Course format
The course consists of six course days divided into two sections. The first four course days contain a mixture of theoretical lectures and hands on exercises with given data sets and possibly own data in basic analytical statistics in Excel and spectroscopic pre-treatment and Principle Component Analysis in the software R. The two last days of the course will contain two hours’ sessions where each participant will present their own PhD project focussing on collected data sets followed by a group discussion on how to handle the data with statistical principles.

Course work load
6 days of 6 lessons, 12 lessons with extensive preparation:

6 days x 6 hours/day = 36 hours

Extensive preparation:
12 lessons x 2 hours/lesson = 24 hours

Minimal preparation:
24 lessons x 1 hours/lesson = 24 timer

All in all: 84 hours

ECTS load: 84 hours/28 hours per ECTS = 3.0 ECTS     

To obtain the 3.0 ECTS each participant has to attend minimum 83% of the course lessons and present their own project.

Course material
Suggested course literature will be announced at least two weeks before course start up

Min/max. participants
Minimum 4 and maximum of 8 PhD students

Registration no later than February 1, 2019 to Karen Margrethe Laursen

A Guide to a Succesful PhD Thesis: Connecting Structure, Research Methods and Management

Course responsible/supervisor
Dr. Emanuele Naboni

Course content
The aim of this course is to support Ph.D. students wishing to conduct research within the Design Disciplines. The objectives of the course are three:

1) It grants breadth, fostering the development of a Ph.D. thesis Structure.
2) It gives depth, by converging on the development of customised Research Methods for the Design and Scientific Disciplines
3) It finally addresses all the aspects of the Management of a Thesis.

From the introduction to conclusions, producing a Thesis Structure is a hurdle. The course, uniquely based on participants' thesis work, proposes a step-by-step guide to devising a Structure that strengths Parts and Chapters organisation and connections. Either Ph.D. Researchers have just started their Ph.D., or are closing it; each participant will grasp the essential, iterative process by which research Questions generate Knowledge.

Critical to the Process is the vast range of Research Methods suitable for the diverse array of topics germane to Design Research (e.g. Qualitative Research design, Correlational, Experimental, Simulation, Case Studies, Research by Design). When logical, participants will be seeking ways to marshal the benefits of two or more Research Methods applied to their investigations.

Weaved with Structure and Methods, is the “Thesis’ Management”. It is here set a high emphasis on the "adventure" of being a research student. It is addressed how to get started, get through revisions, face deadlines and how to regulate the workload. The issues of working with supervisors, the varied stakeholders (comprising the ones of industrial Ph.Ds.) and the final examiners, is treated. The topic of dissemination along and after the Ph.D. is also debated.

The course offers a cohesive approach that will help you succeed. The course lasts a week. The spine-bone of the course is the Structure of the thesis.  A full day is centred on a review of the strengths and weaknesses of Research Methods when applied to an individual Ph.D. work. At the end of the course, students will pair Structure and Methods with the aid of a User-Friendly Graphical Tool. The “Thesis Management” is thoroughly discussed accompanying the days of the course.

25-29 March 2019

Min. and max. number of participants 
A maximum number of participants is 12. The first who signs have a guaranteed space. Following there will be a waiting list.

Registration deadline
25 Feb 2019. Registration by email to Karen Margrethe Laursen
Registration should be completed by completing an online form that will be distributed before the course.


PhD supervision course

Thomas Harboe, PhD and head of centre, University of Copenhagen. Thomas has more than 20 years' experience with university teaching and has written books and articles about subjects related to university teaching. He holds the position as head of a centre for university teaching at the University of Copenhagen.


1 and 2 April 2019, both days from 9:15 am to 4:00 pm.

No later than 1 March 2019, by email to Karen Margrethe Laursen at

Target group
The course is aimed at PhD supervisors and PhD students alike. The course is ideally suited for a balancing of expectations between the PhD supervisor and the PhD student, if both participate in the course. However, the course can also be completed without both parties attending.
The course may be subject to (significant) changes.

No. of participants
Min. 6 – no max.

The course will deal with themes such as the supervision relationship, process supervision, socialising, questioning technique, collaboration with colleagues, and regulations and players within the field. The object of the course is that the participants:

  • Gain knowledge about PhD supervision, both formal and procedural.
  • Understand the complexity that PhD supervision forms part of.
  • Can bring knowledge from the course into their own supervision practice.
  • Are able to reflect on their own supervision practice in future.


The course alternates between brief presentations, general discussions, case exercises, role play, interviews etc.

1. Ahead of the course, the participants must familiarise themselves with applicable and available guidelines, regulations and aids in their subject area. They are welcome to prepare questions about these for the directors of the PhD schools (who will be present during parts of the course).
2. Participants must phrase and forward at least two cases that describe difficult situations in the PhD supervision process (max. 5 lines per case). The cases must be authentic, but at the same time anonymised so that they can be distributed and discussed by the class. Cases must be sent to no later than 18 March 2019 and will be included and processed during the course.

Any questions may be directed at Thomas Harboe by email to


Research-Through-Design: Experiments and the Making of Theory

Course responsible/Supervisor
Mette Agger Eriksen, PhD, Associate Professor, KADK

Additional supervisors/lecturers:
Eva Brandt, PhD, Professor (MSO), KADK 
Pelle Ehn, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Malmö University
Flemming Tvede Hansen, PhD, Assistant Professor, KADK
Sissel Olander, PhD, Assistant Professor, KADK
Johan Redström, PhD, Professor, Rector, Umeå Institute of Design
Anne Louise Bang, Lektor Ph.d., Chef for Forskning og Udvikling, Kolding Designskole

Course description
The choice of PhD research approach(es) or methodology largely influences the results and arguments one is able to make. Amongst practice-based research approaches, for the last decades research-through-design (Freyling 1993) has been emphasized and richly elaborated within design research.

It is for example framed as programmatic design research, constructive design research, experimental design research, etc. What overall characterize these approaches is that doing and making – often described and considered as experiments – play a core role in processes of theorizing. During this PhD course we will give an overview of these different perspectives and characteristics - especially in a Scandinavian perspective.
The course is comprised of a two-day symposium (1,5 ECTS) followed by a later two-day seminar (1,5 ECTS). The symposium includes: introduction to different perspectives on and characteristics of research-through-design as a form of practice-based design research organized around lectures and dialogues; examples by prior PhD scholars who applied a research-through-design approach; smaller reflective exercises and a hands-on workshop / meta-experiment to assist the participating doctoral students in elaborating their own approach and position in relation to parts of the course literature.

At the later seminar, in the light of the course focus, the students will in smaller groups present their partial reading of cores of one exemplary PhD dissertation – for us to discuss a repertoire of examples. Additionally, each student will make a theoretically and practically grounded presentation of his/her position in terms of research approach(es) and will give and get verbal individual feedback from staff and one other student.

Preparation prior to the symposium will be rather substantial in terms of reading a compendium of texts. Likewise, for the seminar, as specified above.

2-day symposium: 28 Feb and 1 March 2019
2-day seminar: 9-11 April 2019 (Participating only two of the three days)
Days will be between 9-16 or 9-17.

Min/Max. participants
6-14 participating PhD scholars 

Registration deadline and procedure 
10 December 2018 by contacting the KADK Research administration: Karen Margrethe Laursen:

After signing up for the course, please be prepared to fill out a brief form about the current state of your doctoral study aimed to enable the supervisors to get a sense of your work prior to the course. This will be provided by the course responsible after the registration deadline.             

PhD courses in Denmark