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FLS3105 Presentation Skills for Researchers 2.0 credits

The ability to present your research to various target groups, both within and outside the academia, is an essential skill for all researchers. This course provides KTH researchers and doctoral students with essential tools for creating effective, clear, and audience-adapted presentations.

Please apply via the form on the course website. You will then be enrolled by the ITM school.

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For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 15 May 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FLS3105 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of three meetings. The first focuses on communication theory for convincing speeches, conference talks and posters. At the second meeting, the students record a convincing speech of their own. The recording is repeated at the third meeting, in which the students also present and criticise their own and each other's contributions.

Intended learning outcomes

Obtain an understanding of how to efficiently communicate research to different target groups

Be able to apply basic principles of scientific communication in presentations for specialised and non-specialised listeners.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Recommended literature:

Dennis Meredith, Explaining Research: How to reach key audiences to advance your work. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Michael Alley, The Craft of Scientific Presentations. Springer, 2003.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Written assigment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

A short persuasive speech ("elevator pitch") for a research idea, directed towards non-specialists

A short presentation of a research study, directed towards other researchers

Analysis of another student's presentation

Other requirements for final grade

All examination parts completed, compulsory attendance.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences