This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The purpose of the course is to raise the PhD candidates' awareness of the practical implications of their research. This includes understanding how research results can lead to innovation, i.e. be implemented to achieve the intended benefits to society. Another purpose is to raise the candidates' awareness of wider societal implications of research and innovation.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course the student shall be able to:
Understand central problems associated with managing complex cross-disciplinary work assignments and projects.
Assess the need for, take initiative to and manage innovation.


The course content is primarily aimed at PhD-candidates in the natural sciences and technology.
Among themes that will be covered are:
Various types of innovation, project and process models, disruptive innovation, stakeholders and social construction of technology, responsible research and innovation (RRI), research based innovation and commercialization.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Coursepaper1/1 Pass - Fail
The students shall submit a paper that must be accepted in order to pass the course.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Knut Erik Bang
Course teacher
Eric Christian Brun
Head of Department
Tore Markeset

Method of work

Lectures, workshops and guided self-study.

Open to

The course is mandatory for candidates of UiS' PhD-program in natural sciences and technology. Other PhD-candidates must apply for admission to the course.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 13.08.2020