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Generic Knowledge and Skills - Portfolio

Course director

Olga Göransson

Examiner: Head of third cycle studies at each department.

Target group
Doctoral students at the Faculty of Medicine

Credit value
12 credits

For doctoral students admitted before 1 January 2012: We recommend all doctoral students to work on the portfolio using the 12 categories on which MEPO003 is based, however, doctoral students admitted before 1 January 2012 are permitted to structure the portfolio on the basis of the 7 categories described in the document “Guide to portfolio work 9 hp for those admitted before 2012-01-01” (included in the Libguide for MEPO003) and the credit value is then 9 credits.

For doctoral students admitted before 1 June 2008: The course Generic Knowledge and Skills is not compulsory for these students.


On admission to PhD programme, doctoral students are registered for Generic Knowledge and Skills i.e. there is no application process for the course. Information about the course is provided in the compulsory introductory course for doctoral students. Thereafter, Generic Knowledge and Skills proceeds in the form of individual work on a portfolio throughout the third cycle programme.

The aim of the course is to provide doctoral students with an opportunity to attain and demonstrate the fulfillment of learning outcomes for PhD programme – particularly those not attained, or generally not assessed, through the thesis.

Course design

Support for the work is provided by the course management in the form of workshops 2–4 times per semester, and a Libguide:

Generic Knowledge and Skills – Portfolio, 12 credits MEPO003

Course learning outcomes are attained through the different activities that the doctoral student engages in during the programme, together with documentation and reflection over these in a portfolio, using descriptive and reflective texts, appendices and other material. The portfolio, like the individual study plan, is based on 12 categories (1. Research process, 2. Research methodology, 3. Subject expertise, 4. Publication, 5. Teacher training and experience, 6. Conferences and seminars, 7. National and international cooperation with the research community, 8. Cooperation with wider society, 9. Ethical issues, 10. Career development, 11. Supervision/Supervisor(s), 12. Administration, organisation and leadership).

An online system for the portfolio is recommended and available to doctoral students (Mahara). Log in to Mahara is reached via the course Libguide.


Learning outcomes
On completion of the course doctoral students shall be able to:

  • identify and analyse challenges and issues in their own and others’ research, and propose ways to solve or manage these issues 
  • independently formulate a project plan including research issue, method and time plan 
  • reflect on the choice of method, and on strengths and weaknesses of the methodology applied in in their own research project 
  • describe the strategies used to obtain the knowledge required within the general subject and its methodology 
  • independently take responsibility for all the stages of the publication process 
  • reflect on their development of teaching skills and how they have used them to support the learning of others and adapted their teaching to different target groups, for example the wider society 
  • present and discuss research and research findings with collaborators and at conferences and seminars, and reflect on the quality and authority of the delivery 
  • reflect on the significance of collaboration, conferences and other research interactions for the quality of research and their own development of expertise 
  • reflect on the possible uses and routes for implementation of their own research results in wider society, and identify opportunities and risks associated with such use 
  • make research ethics assessments, assess the need for ethical review, and reflect on the meaning of academic integrity, providing examples from their own thesis project 
  • identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and reflect on different career paths and the knowledge and skills required for them 
  • reflect on their own development towards independence, particularly vis-à-vis their supervisors 
  • demonstrate understanding of and participation in administration, organisation and management of research and education

The examination of the portfolio takes in conjunction with the submission of a request for thesis defense. It is based on how the student demonstrates attainment of the learning outcomes through their selection and compilation of documented experiences, descriptive and reflective texts, as well as attachments and other material. At the halfway review, the portfolio is formatively assessed by the halfway reviewers.



Supporting documents about the portfolio content and the web-based system Mahara, please follow this link:

Log in to Mahara here:

You can find more information regarding coming workshops for Generic knowledge and skills - portfolio here

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