Obtaining a PhD or MSc degree is a long-term, important investment and challenge. Sometimes, the required high quality of the thesis work may seem daunting or even inhibiting. This course aims to give participants a pragmatic view of the whole process in a simple and realistic way, avoiding false myths. Each phase is presented and explored in detail, from the initial choice of the research subject until the drawing of final conclusions that must be shared with the scientific community and society, in general.
The objective of the course is to promote the necessary skills of decision-making autonomy and self-confidence in young, often inexperienced candidates who aim to do top-level research and then report it, appreciating the whole work and fully respecting the ethical values that ensure integrity of scientific knowledge.
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This course is aimed at people with a higher education degree, preferably in the fields of Life Sciences, Nature Sciences or Engineering.
Differentiating characteristics of the course
English language is used in all activities, in order to maximize the accessibility of the research work and also to promote the international diversity of participants. The distance learning method used throughout the whole course ensures total flexibility for students’ geographic location. It also offers considerable freedom for each participant to adopt their most effective learning pace, provided that they comply with the timetable set out for each course activity.
The structure of this course is the result of the vast experience of the teaching team, namely in directing and evaluating academic post-graduate works, as well as “peer reviewing” books and papers published by prestigious international editors; and also acting as experts in advisory panels for the funding of contractual research proposals.
Several practical applications (case studies) are included in the course, most of them the result of real situations experienced by members of the teaching team, thus ensuring realism. Discussion generated by such illustrations is an opportunity for students to interact among themselves and with the teaching team, therefore developing their skills in critical thinking as well as in-person and written communication.