Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 1: Basic Course (PIL101) | The PIL Unit

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

Since spring 2023, PIL101 is offered in the form of modules. This is a pilot project. Read more about the transition to modules below!

PIL101 offers an introduction to learning theories, teaching methods and student learning in higher education. PIL101 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. PIL101 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: PIL101 is only offered to staff, to doctoral students and to applicants for docentship at the University of Gothenburg.

Scope: PIL101 comprises the equivalent of 3.5 weeks of full-time studies.

Prerequisites: You must have a Degree of Bachelor or equivalent.

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

NB: Those who belong to Sahlgrenska Academy (or the VG Region) also apply via this webpage.

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.

PIL101 in the form of modules                 

In order to register PIL101 as completed in Ladok, you need to take the Introduction Module and the Legal Module. In addition, you need to take two elective modules that together comprise at least 65 hours.

The elective modules comprise either 40 or 25 hours. You can meet the 65-hour requirement in two ways:

  • Read two elective modules of 40 hours each,
  • Read an elective module of 40 hours and one of 25 hours.

As long as you choose modules in English, any two will do, as only one of these modules comprises 25 hours. The rest comprises 40 hours.

(For doctoral students at Natfak there is a third option, a special 65-hour module.)

All participants must start with the Introduction Module. After completing that module, you can take the other three modules in the order that suits you best. (Thus, it is fine to take the legal module last.) When you have completed all four modules successfully, you have achieved the equivalent of a full PIL101 course and can register PIL101 in Ladok. Read more about the modules under Module descriptions below.

With most modules, you can choose whether you want to take the module on campus or online. You do not have to take all four modules during the same term. If you want to take more modules than four, that's fine.

In the autumn of 2024, we offer five elective modules in English:

  • Microteaching (25 hours)
  • Lesson Plan (40 hours)
  • The Good Lecture (40 hours)
  • Teaching methods to promote students’ critical information awareness (40 hours)
  • Teaching methods for PhD students in natural science (65 hours; only for PhD students at the Faculty of Science)

The two mandatory modules are also offered in English: Introduction to higher education pedagogy and the Legal module.

These elective modules are only offered in Swedish:

  • Tillgänglig och inkluderande undervisning, 25 h (Accessible and inclusive teaching)
  • Seminariet som undervisningsform, 40 h (The seminar as a form of teaching)
  • Högskolepedagogiska perspektiv på verksamhetsförlagd lärarutbildning, 40 h (Higher education perspectives on work placement in teacher education)

NOTE I: You can take two or more modules at the same time, as long as no scheduled activities conflict. However, you must have completed Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education before starting any other module. Consequently, it is not possible to take the Introduction in parallel with any other module.

NOTE II: All scheduled activities in all modules are mandatory and require attendance, unless otherwise stated in the module description.


Schedule links for the modules can be found at the bottom of each module description, see below.

For a quick overview over the modules and their respective time slots, see the following document: 

Module descriptions

Click on the module names to read more about the various modules:

How to apply

When you fill in your application, you choose when you want to take the various modules. Information about which time periods you can choose from can be found in the module descriptions above. If you apply for several time periods for the same module, you can prioritize them in your application.

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

In order to apply, you need an x-account (which must be active throughout all the modules).

Registration of PIL101 – and how to find your badges

You are awarded a badge after each completed module. When you have completed the mandatory and the elective modules, you can apply to have PIL101 registered in Ladok. In the application form you need to add the links to your badges.

How to find your badges and register PIL101 in Ladok

Once PIL101 is registered in Ladok, you can order a transcript of records.

How to obtain a transcript of completed courses

Information for doctoral students

Have you taken PIL101 as a compulsory course in your doctoral studies? If so: When you have obtained a transcript of completed courses (see above), you should hand it to the person who is the administrator (or equivalent) for your doctoral studies. That person registers the course as approved in Ladok for doctoral studies.


If you have questions about the transition to modules, please contact the PIL unit: pil@gu.se

Additional information

Two purposes for the modules

Since spring 2023, the PIL unit is implementing a pilot project where the course PIL101 is offered as modules. This has two purposes:

  • To offer participants increased flexibility to schedule PIL101 course work alongside teaching and research commitments.
  • To give opportunities for PIL and individual faculties to offer specialized modules based, for instance, on the needs of individual faculties.

SUHF's recommendations

The modules all have different connections to SUHF's recommendations on general learning outcomes for the teaching qualifications required for employment as academic teacher (pdf). In the module descriptions we describe how each module connects to these learning outcomes. You will also find information on how many working hours each module requires.