English translation of course syllabus

Thesis Essay in Environmental Science, 7.5 credits

(Avhandlingsuppsats i miljövetenskap, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 44F1007
Discipline for doctoral studies Environmental Science
Academic school School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Research area for doctoral studies Environmental Studies
Grading scale G
Education cycle Doctoral studentship
Language of instruction English
Valid from First six months of 2018


This course syllabus was validated by the Committee for Research and Doctoral Education at Södertörn University on 2017-12-14 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance

Entry requirements

Admitted to doctoral studentship

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student can:

  • provide an initiated and thorough overview of the position of research within the chosen field of study for the thesis.
  • critically relate the area for his/her thesis to a relevant research context, empirically, theoretically and methodologically.
  • design the upcoming thesis work in an autonomous manner.
  • critically review the feasibility of the described thesis work.
  • critically review the methodological and analytical perspectives that are expected to be central to the upcoming thesis work.
  • using a critical approach, reflect on potential ethical considerations that are relevant to the described thesis.
  • based on specialisation in the selected thesis area, reflect on how the expected results relate to sustainable development.

Course content, modules and examinations

A detailed description of the research student's thesis project will be developed during this course. Great emphasis is placed on the identification of the research problem, the choice of theory and method and the analytical design. A more thorough review of previous research in the thesis' subject will be carried out within the scope of this description of the thesis. It is also emphasised that the thesis project must be designed in such a manner that it appears to be feasible within the stated financial and temporal framework. The synopsis is designed in consultation with the supervisor in such a way that it fulfils the relevant scholarly methodological criteria and is expected to make a significant contribution to knowledge development in the area. Work must be conducted on an individual basis.

Course design

Teaching is carried out in the form of individual supervision conducted by the supervisor allocated to the doctoral student. During the course there will be at least two seminars with the course coordinator, the supervisor and the student at which the doctoral student will present his/her work. The course ends with an oral and written presentation of the thesis essay at the second of the two seminars. At this seminar, there will be one reviewer - one of the other participants in the course - for each presentation.

Examination format

The course is examined through active participation in the seminars, and through the oral and written presentation at the end of the course.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

The course may not be credited in a degree programme alongside a course completed inside or outside of Sweden, which has a content that wholly or partly corresponds to the content of this course.