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Industrial/PhD Course: Preparation of Research Plan for Ph.D.’s - Fall


31.10.2019 kl. 08.30 - 16.00



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


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



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



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.




Participation in this PhD course is free of charge.


Department of Energy Technology


Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 101, room 1.011, 9220 Aalborg East