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Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 1: Basic Course (PIL101)

This foundational course offers an introduction to learning theories, teaching methods and student learning in higher education.

This course builds in particular on collegial learning – that is the exchange of ideas and experiences that participants bring from their own practice of teaching and learning in higher education. The course further addresses some of the issues that shape higher education in Sweden, including questions of equality, ethics, and the rules and regulations governing university teachers’ work. 

Please note:
This course is only offered to staff, to doctoral students and to applicants for docentship at the University of Gothenburg.

Do you have questions about application and admission? Please contact the administration: pil@gu.se

Scope: The course comprises the equivalent of 3.5 weeks of full-time studies.

Syllabus PIL101 (opens in new window)

Reading list: The current reading list will be available on the web page Litteraturlistor för PIL-enhetens kurser / Reading lists for the PIL unit's courses no later than eight weeks before the course starts.

Admission principle: We apply the admission principle "first come, first served", based on the time and date when a complete application is submitted.

Before you apply, you need to have your participation approved by your head of department.

Autumn 2022

NB: Do you belong to Sahlgrenska Academy? Then you must use a special application form. Sahlgrenska's application period for autumn 2022: 28 March – 1 May. More information: Admission procedures for Sahlgrenska

English Campus Course

This course is primarily aimed at those who don't speak Swedish.

Course leader: Janna Meyer-Beining
Start date: Thursday 1 September
The rest of the course dates: See the schedule for the Campus Course

English Online Course

This course is primarily aimed at those who don't speak Swedish.

Course leader: Janna Meyer-Beining
Start date: Friday 2 September
Scheduled webinars: See the schedule for the Online Course

The Online Course has no campus meetings.

NFNF303 – English Campus Course for PhD students at the Faculty of Science

This course, NFNF303, is especially aimed at PhD students at the Faculty of Science. The course corresponds to and gives the same eligibility as PIL's PIL101 courses. The course will focus on the teacher's role as a laboratory work supervisor, calculation exercise instructor and field assistant and is primarily aimed at those with little teaching experience. Together with other doctoral students, you will practice planning, implementing and analyzing your own teaching. Exchange of experience, research literature, higher education pedagogy and regulations / governing documents are also included.

The course is open for both Swedish-speaking and non-Swedish-speaking applicants. Persons at the Faculty of Science who are not PhD students can also apply for the course, but the seat will be subject to availability. If you are not a PhD student and have applied to the course you will be informed by 17 June if there is a seat for you on the course or not. The same applies to persons at other faculties.

Do you have any questions about the course? Please contact the course leader!

Course leader: Jonas Enger
Start date: Tuesday 20 September
The rest of the course dates: See the schedule for NFNF303


You must be an employee or doctoral candidate at University of Gothenburg and have a Degree of Bachelor or equivalent.

About course certificates

PIL101 is a certification course. All course meetings and assignments are mandatory and require attendance. In some cases, it will be possible to submit a supplementary assignment that corresponds to the meeting or assignment missed. To be approved for a certificate, you must also achieve the learning objectives in the course syllabus.

PIL101 was introduced on January 1, 2021 as a replacement for the credit course HPE101, which was then phased out. The content and basic structure of PIL101 are the same as for HPE101, and the course gives the same eligibility.


Course of studies

We recommend you to take PIL101 before PIL102. To get admittance to PIL103, you must have passed both PIL101 (or HPE101) and PIL102 (or HPE102), or have qualifications assessed as equal by a faculty at the University of Gothenburg. Read more

Fee for not using an allocated place

An allocated place on any of our courses is offered for free, on condition that it is used. Read more about the fee for not using an allocated place

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Utskriftsdatum: 2022-08-14