Content

At the date of your enrolment end, you submit a PhD dissertation. It usually consists of a review and a number of articles based on original data from the PhD project which equals three years of scientific work.

Content

A dissertation usually contains the following:

  • A cover and Page 1 – use the corresponding templates
  • A review containing:
    • a) Contents
    • b) Introduction
    • c) Problem definition and hypotheses, including a summary of relevant literature supporting the issue and the hypotheses
    • d) Clarification of considerations in regard to choice of method(s), including 1) a presentation of the methodology used, which should reflect a good understanding of the applied methodology, and 2) a critical evaluation of the choice of method(s).
    • e) A brief presentation of the most important results (including one or two illustrations from each article, for example)
    • f) A comprehensive discussion of the results in the light of a critical evaluation of basic theories and the methodologies used
    • g) A discussion of future aspects, if relevant
  • A summary in Danish and English (approximately one A4 page)
  • The articles on which the dissertation is based
  • Co-authorship declarations for each article with more than one author – use the “Declaration of Co-Authorship form”

The review

The review is approximately 50 pages. Headlines and body text in the review should be of different font and size

Reviews based on qualitative data should be approximately 50 - 100 pages. If you do a review based on qualitative data, it should be in agreement with your main supervisor.

If the review is submitted as a review article, your own results need to be incorporated on a par with present literature in the field. Also, a chapter on methodologies used (approx. 10 pages) needs to be enclosed.

The review article should be published or submitted for publication in an international, peer-reviewed journal, and you need to be the sole author.

Articles

There is no fixed requirement to the number of articles. It depends on the quality of the articles, your share of the work and the quality of the compressed account.

The articles are expected to have been published in international journals or to be manuscripts of similar quality, ready for submission. This corresponds to the international level required in the field of health sciences.

You are also expected to be the first author.

Any other material

Any other material you think should form part of the dissertation can be included as chapters or attachments.

For inspiration, you can look at other PhD students’ dissertations. They are available at the AU Library Health Sciences or in the Danish Medical Bulletin.

Language

The dissertation should be in English, because at least one of the members of the assessment committee should be from abroad.

In special cases, an exemption may be granted to submit the dissertation in Danish.

In connection with the submission of the dissertation, the graduate school offers up to four hours of English language assistance. Contact Edwin Spencer to agree on a procedure.

Patent applications

Patent applications are similar to articles and can be attached to the dissertation for assessment.

Patent applications should be shortened (approximately 20 - 50 pages), so they only include the following:

  • Relevant text (field of invention, background of invention, brief description of the invention)
  • Claims
  • Abstract
  • References
  • Examples (extract if necessary)
  • Illustrations (extract if necessary).

In addition to the patent application, you need to include the review discussing novelty and inventive steps of the patent as well as relevance regarding target group, objective, side effects, and marketing. 

You also need to provide a link to the full patent application.

As a starting point it is a requirement that the patent application has been processed and published

If a patent applications have not been approved it can still be included. The assessment committee will then assess the applications under a duty of confidentiality.

The defence is assessed on the basis of what is publicly available.

If you have any questions concerning patents, please contact the Technology Transfer Office.

Monograph

If your research has not resulted in manuscripts or published papers, you submit your PhD dissertation as a monograph.

The monograph should be approximately 100 pages long with the following format:

  • Cover and Page 1 – use the corresponding templates
    • a) Contents
    • b) Introduction
    • c) Problem definition and hypotheses, including a summary of relevant literature supporting   the issue and the hypotheses
    • d) A critical presentation of the methodologies used, their advantages and disadvantage
    • e) A presentation of the research carried out and the results
    • f) A comprehensive discussion of the results in the light of a critical evaluation of basic theories and the methodologies used
    • g) A discussion of future aspects, if relevant
      - headlines and body text in the dissertation must be of different font and size
  • A summary in Danish and English (approximately one A4 page)
  • A statement - prepared in collaboration with your main supervisor - of your share of the work, mentioning any contributions by others. This statement must be signed by both you and your supervisor.
  • In the PhD dissertation it must be indicated how the monograph will be published as a scientific work in the usual international tradition within the specific discipline.