Improve your research project with entrepreneurial methods

- Ph.D Course


Get insights into a need based innovation method that will help you determine important research decisions. 

The course aims at giving you means to clearly articulate the value of your research and methods to focus the scope on specific existing needs within the health sector and by this leverage the value of your results and the possibility of new founding..

Working need based will thereby ensure that the results of your hard work goes beyond publications and get an actual effect in society.

The course also focus on interpersonal skills and will challenge your ability to cooperate and communicate across professional specialization.

This course if offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University by INNO X Healthcare. 

Criteria for participation

Master’s degree, all fields apply, and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students). Current PhD students or research-year students who have a complete PhD/RY project protocol.

Be aware that it is essential for the course that the content and the prerequisites for the study can be shared in plenum. 

Aim of the course

The purpose is to provide an eye-opener for the value of interdisciplinary project management as a way to leverage results and provide value for society or specific stakeholders. The course will increase your ability to identify and increase the societal value of the research you are doing and thereby increase to possibility of raising further funding and create new interesting projects on the foundation of your thesis results. 

Complexity and the pace of changes in society is increasing constantly. This demands for interdisciplinary work skills. This course will challenge your interpersonal skills and give you insights into better teamwork frames, strengthen your communication skills and give you a stronger awareness of now strengths and how you put these to action in an interdisciplinary team.

This course will teach a methodology that sprung out of design thinking and the start-up environment supplemented by newest research on the skills needed across disciplines in the future workforce.  

Learning goals

  • Methodology to identify and validate the applied value of your research
  • Methodology to reach out to other proficiencies and build interdisciplinary network and projects
  • Ability to review and adapt a research project to be more applied and direct on need and societal value
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Mixed Methods study techniques (The combination of qualitative and quantitive methods will give your project a broader scope of relevance in health- and/or business sector)
  • Knowledge about business model components and why these are important for research projects
  • Presentation techniques well applicable at your final defense
  • Improvement of communication skills in oral and writing to better emphasize the need and value of own research for society


A need driven approach combined with The Business Model Canvas will be used for review and clarification of the value creation of the individual PhD studies. As a student you will gain insight into what value is, from various users and beneficiaries of your research and you will learn how to use the Business Model Canvas as a project management tool and as a tool to increase the value and relevance of your work.

You will be trained to examine the relevance and need for your research and get tools to modify and innovate your work and thereby add value to it.

We will focus on value-based presentation of the participants' specific projects with the aim of optimizing the key message for use in grant applications and scientific communication.

Interdisciplinarity will be demonstrated and trained through group work on fellow students’ projects and field work assignments. 

Practical information

Preparation: There will be homework and field studies between the modules. Pre-course preparation via e-learning and scientific texts.

Language: English

ECTS: 5,5

Head of course: Kathrine Arlander, INNO-X Healthcare, Aarhus University, Department of Clinical Medicine

Instructors: Martin Vesterby MD, Ph.D. & Kathrine Arlander, cand. mag, specialkonsulent.

Number of participants: Max 16 participants