The course is intended for the doctoral students to familiarize them with entrepreneurship and innovation management topics as well as provide them with entrepreneurship competencies to encourage entrepreneurialism whether as a start-up entrepreneur or as intrapreneur in existing for profit or non-profit organizations. The course aims to provide the student with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills for development of their business idea in entrepreneurship or in public sector. The course provides the doctoral student with an overview on entrepreneurship and innovation management and prepares the doctoral student for becoming an entrepreneur and for commercialization of scientific research, incl. planning for business model and business plan, testing of business idea and for finding investors.

The aim is to provide the doctoral student with practical experience in developing an innovative idea in their field and in developing a project or prototype for a product or a service. The doctoral student will cooperate with an enterprise or public sector organization or work on their own in developing a project, a concept for a solution or a proof of concept of a product or a service and a prototype.  

The overall task of the English-language course is to provide students with the opportunity to get acquainted with national and international science scene and develop skills needed to plan and conduct independent research. In frames of the course, concepts of science institutional development, classification of science (e.g., fundamental and applied sciences), science policy and science funding and evaluation will be introduced with emphasis on Estonian and European Union science space. The course further analyses science career models (permanent and temporal positions, tenure) and describes various steps along the research career, specifically focusing on PhD studies (independence, rights and obligations of doctorate and supervisor). Students are introduced to basic principles of scientific work, science methods and general requirements of any scientific study. Planning of hypothesis-driven scientific projects and individual experiments is discussed and the structure of scientific articles and PhD theses and guidelines for the preparation of scientific results for publication are analyzed. During the course, students learn to critically read and review scientific articles and reports.


Keywords: Science institutional development. Basic and applied sciences. Science policy, funding and evaluation. Science careers. Planning PhD thesis. Relationships between research doctorate and supervisor. Applying for science grants. Key principles of scientific research and methods. Critical reading of scientific publications. Preparation of scientific presentation. Requirements on scientific work and steps for preparation of scientific projects. Basics of and reasons for experimental planning. Literature survey and analysis. Structure of scientific article and PhD thesis, formatting guidelines. Patents. Science ethics and misconduct.