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FLS3107 Communicating Research beyond the Academy 5.0 credits

This course is designed for doctoral students and other researchers who wish to develop their skills in communicating research to both experts and lay audiences in a clear and engaging way.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FLS3107 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Lectures given by experts on communication and issues related to policy or other areas

Oral and written preparations and presentations

Poster writing

Intended learning outcomes

  • Broaden understanding of the benefits of effective public communication
  • Gain insight into how to communicate scientific research to different target groups, using a spectrum of channels and techniques
  • Be able to apply basic rhetorical principles of communicating science to expert and lay audiences

Course disposition

Lectures and practical exercises based on the student's own research

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course is primarily intended for doctoral students who:

  • have completed at least one year of their doctoral studies
  • have published at least one article, or are in the process of publishing their first article
  • have good oral proficiency in English

Recommended prerequisites

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Course literature will be announced before the start of the course.

Recommended reference literature and electronic resources will be listed in the course information or in a similar way.

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 assignment, 5,0 hp, betygsskala: 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 oral presentation of a research idea
  • A short written text relevant to the student's own research
  • A short personal presentation suitable for online publication
  • A poster of the student's own work intended for a lay audience

Other requirements for final grade

All parts of the examination completed

75% 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

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Offered by

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences