The PhD programme prepares you for work with research, development and education in jobs that require a particularly high level of academic qualifications.
At the Graduate School of Health we offer the following PhD study programmes:
The graduate school is able to incorporate leave periods and/or periods of part-time study in your PhD programme. This makes it possible to combine a PhD programme with clinical work or a specialist training position.
We offer PhD students enrolled at a university abroad to obtain a supplementary PhD degree from Health – a so called joint/double PhD degree (see section below).
To apply for a 3-year PhD study programme you must have completed a relevant Master’s degree. The Master’s study has to be equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree of 120 ECTS.
If you are preparing an application for enrolment together with a main supervisor and would like to have your degree assessed (equivalence assessment), you can send us your examination papers at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will have them assessed.
At the Graduate School of Health you can begin a PhD study while studying for your Master’s degree. It is required that you have completed your Bachelor’s degree and have been accepted for/begun a Master’s degree before enrolment as an integrated PhD student. Also you need to have at least one semester left of you Master’s degree at the time of enrolment as an integrated PhD student.
An integrated PhD study programme will always postpone the completion of your Master’s degree with one year. If you have Master's courses of 30 ECTS in one semester, it is not possible to work on the PhD at the same time.
As an integrated PhD student your study will consist of two parts: part A and part B.
Part A includes one year (12 months) of PhD study as well as the remaining part of your Master’s study. Part A is completed when you obtain your Master’s degree and part B will begin immediately thereafter (1st of the month following the last exam of the Master’s degree).
It is the Integrated PhD student’s own responsibility to make sure to follow and complete the Master’s degree programme and follow the guidelines for the Master’s degree study programme.
Part B is two years of full time PhD study. If any credit transfer has been granted, part B will be reduced accordingly. It is possible to do part B as a part time study or to combine it with periods of leave, e.g. to do clinical basic education (‘KBU’).
Integrated PhD studies can be financed by means of a faculty fellowship and/or external financing, such as a grant from a research council or private foundation, or by employment at a hospital.
|Part A||Masters Degree||Part B|
|12 months |
PhD Study + remaining Master’s degree study (at least one semester)
Less if credit transfer is granted, e.g. six months for a completed Research Year.
An Industrial PhD is a 3-year PhD that is carried out in collaboration between a private or public company, an industrial PhD student and a university. The Industrial PhD programme is a part of Innovation Fund Denmark, and it is a prerequisite that there is funding from Innovation Fund Denmark to be an Industrial PhD student. Learn more about the Industrial PhD programme.
The graduate schools at Science and Technology and Health have established a mutual PhD degree programme in Molecular Medicine. As a PhD student, you can be enrolled at either Natural Sciences or Health, and follow the same course and assessment procedure, leading to the award of a PhD degree in Molecular Medicine.
A number of criteria must be complied with before you can be enrolled as a PhD student and complete a PhD degree in Molecular Medicine. Find a description in the guidelines for the PhD degree programme in Molecular Medicine - see right sidebar.
Important criteria are:
Calls for enrolment in the PhD degree programme in Molecular Medicine are posted separately in the Graduate School of Health’s application rounds four times a year. See the page Open calls.
If you are enrolled as a PhD student in the integrated PhD programme, you must attend a qualifying examination in connection with the completion of part A. This examination also acts as a halfway evaluation and is graded passed/failed.
The steering committee evaluates your application to see whether your proejct falls within molecular medicin and you thereby qualify to be enrolled in the PhD programme.
From Natural Sciences:
A joint PhD includes a PhD degree collaboration between two or more universities and is concluded with the award of a joint or a double PhD degree. It must always be rooted in research collaboration.
Certain conditions must be met before a double/joint PhD degree can be awarded. They are described in detail in the "Agreement on a joint or double PhD degree" (see right sidebar).
Some central conditions are:
Learn about our existing framework agreements.
If Aarhus University or Health already has a framework agreement with the collaborating university, then the individual student agreement ("Agreement on a joint or double PhD degree") will be in reference to the framework agreement.
If you are a supervisor and want to make an agreement on a joint PhD without an existing agreement between Aarhus University and the collaborating university, then please use the form “Preliminary statement from AU-supervisor” (right sidebar) to get a preliminary approval of the joint PhD, before sending in the actual application with the agreement form.
Health, AU aims to use international agreements strategically and hence a certain volume is desirable when entering into an agreement (more than one student). Therefore, the AU-supervisor is expected to explore the possibilities of finding more than one PhD student enrolled at the collaborating university who may be interested in a joint PhD.
If you are a PhD student from abroad considering doing a joint PhD at Health, Aarhus University, please read our checklist (PDF) of points to pay attention to and see our "Agreement on a joint or double PhD degree" (right sidebar).
If you are a PhD student enrolled at Health considering a double/joint PhD degree from a university abroad, you should observe the rules and guidelines at the university in question.