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About the graduate school courses

The course programme for PhD students at the Graduate School of Health consists of two mandatory courses and a number of elective courses. All PhD courses will grant ECTS credits.

The mandatory courses cover basic elements of research statistics and responsible research conduction.

The elective courses cover both generic subjects (e.g. academic English writing, presentation skills, dissemination, statistics etc.) and scientific subjects related to the field(s) of research within each Graduate Programme (Public Health, Biomedicine and Clinical Medicine, Forensic Medicine and
Odontology/Oral Health
Also, we have a mandatory three-hour welcoming event for newly enrolled PhD students at Health and a large variety of courses in transferable skills. Learn more about transferable skills courses for PhD students.

The graduate school also offers an introductory course for future PhD students and Research year students.

Types of courses

Mandatory courses

The Graduate School of Health offers one mandatory course for all PhD students enrolled at the graduate school; "Responsible Conduct of Research". Also, we have a mandatory welcoming event.

"Responsible Conduct of Research"
For all PhD students enrolled per 1 January 2016 or later, it is mandatory to attend the two-day course “Responsible Conduct of Research”. The course will be held five to seven times a year, and should be completed before completion of your PhD study. The course provides basic knowledge that we expect you will need during your PhD programme. Therefore, we strongly advise you to register for the course in our PhD Course Management as soon as possible after enrolment.

"Welcome to the PhD study"
We offer a mandatory, three hour welcoming event for all newly enrolled PhD students at Health (“Welcome to the PhD study”). We advise you to attend the event within the first three months of your PhD study.

NB! If you are enrolled before 1 May 2015, the course "Basic Biostatistics - part 1 and 2" is also mandatory for you).

"Basic Biostatistics - part 1 and 2" 
At the course “Basic Biostatistics”, you will get a thorough introduction to basic research statistics. The course ends with an examination and is held twice a year (start February and September).

For students enrolled per 1 May 2015 or after, the course "Basic Biostatistics" is no longer mandatory. Thus, it is up to you to agree with your main supervisor whether you should attend the course. However, participation in PhD courses on advanced statistical topics (e.g. Statistical Analysis of Time to Event Data, Linear and Logistic Regression, Analysis of Variance and Repeated Measurements, Applied Statistical Analysis with Missing Data, Evaluation and Comparison of Methods of Measurements) requires participation in Basic Biostatistics part 1 and 2.

If you need to supplement your knowledge about biostatistics, the graduate school offers a preparatory course in the STATA statistics program. The course is always held just before the course “Basic Biostatistics”.

Elective courses

The Graduate School of Health offers a considerable number of generic courses in both health science and general disciplines. The nature of the courses changes continuously, as the research fields develop.

Additionally, the graduate school offers scientific courses with a content and selection of topics particularly relevant for the graduate programme that you are enrolled in (Biomedicine, Public Health or Clinical Medicine, Forensic Medicine and Oral Health). Scientific courses can be offered as a graduate school course or in collaboration with other (national) graduate schools of health sciences.

Transferable skills courses

The graduate schools at Aarhus University offer a large variety of courses in transferable skills. Learn more about transferable skills courses for PhD students.

Introductory course (future PhD or Research Year students)

If you consider enrolling in a PhD programme, you might be interested in our introductory course “Introduction to Research Training in Health Sciences”. 

This two-day course is offered two times a year and gives you an introduction to how to write protocols and grant applications, which research methods can be used, how to use literature search, requirements according to ethics in science and other elements.

The course is offered in English. 

The introductory course is also relevant if you consider applying for a Research Year or similar.

Learn more about the course and sign up via our PhD Course Management .

Teaching elements on courses

The graduate school’s aim is to ensure a high level of academic and educational quality, which enables you to acquire the relevant skills. In addition, we wish to provide you with some interesting learning experiences that are relevant to your academic development and encourage you to seek new knowledge.

According to the ECTS rules, it is a condition for the allocation of ECTS credits that the participant’s work has been assessed to some extent. The graduate school has chosen to focus the course programme on participant activities and involvement rather than on a final examination. We strive to increase your learning outcome through activities such as presentations, group work or report writing.

Course admission

The graduate school course seats are allocated on a first come-first served principle.

If you register for a course with no more seats available, you will be placed on a waiting list. You will be notified directly if a seat becomes available (no later than two weeks before the course starts).

10 ECTS credits per semester

As a rule, you can only apply for courses up to 10 ECTS credits per semester via PhD Course Management.

You are also welcome to participate in external courses (no limit per semester). See the list of national external courses in the national PhD course database - you can enrol free of charge.

35 ECTS credits during the entire PhD study

You can enrol in courses up to max 35 ECTS credits via PhD Course Management.

Seats are allocated by the graduate school administration

You are not allowed to transfer your course seat to others, since only the graduate school administration can allocate course seats. Likewise you cannot attend the graduate school’s courses without being assigned to a course seat by the graduate school administration.

Course absence

In order to pass a course, you must be present at least 80 per cent of the time (i.e. up to 20 per cent of absence is accepted).

NB! As a rule, a fee corresponding to the actual course fee* will be charged if you are absent more than 20 percent of the time. The only exception to this rule is registered illness, death of nearest relatives etc.

Make sure to cancel in time

If you are unable to attend the course, please make sure to cancel your registration before the cancellation deadline. If you do not cancel before the cancellation deadline - two weeks before course start - you will be charged a fee corresponding to the actual course fee (*For online courses, the no-show fee is DKK 500).

The graduate school only accepts cancellations later than two weeks before course start due to registered illness, death of nearest relatives etc. You must notify the course secretary in case of absence due to illness no later than at 9:00 on the day of the course.

Course fees

You will be able to participate free of charge in all graduate school courses*, if you are included in one of the following categories:

  • PhD students, Research Year students and Research Honours Programme students at Health
  • PhD students from other graduate schools at Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc network
  • PhD students at other Danish universities, in accordance with the open market agreement

* Our mandatory course "Responsible Conduct of Research" is intended for PhD students at Health, Aarhus University only. 

Please note that you must be enrolled as a PhD student or research year student at the time of course end. I.e. if a course ends on 20 August and you will be enrolled from 1 September, you will be charged a course fee.

All other participants are charged a fee of DKK 1,200 per ECTS credit. 
(NB! Does not cover our Laboratory Animal Science courses).

All PhD students at the Graduate School of Health can enrol in courses up to max 35 ECTS credits via the PhD Course Management. If you exceed the limit of 35 ECTS credits, a course fee will be charged.

Course evaluation and diploma

As a course participant, you are asked to take part in evaluating all courses. You will receive a link to an electronic evaluation (anonymous) on the last day of the course.

After completing a course, you will receive your course diploma via e-mail or you can download your course diploma from PhD Course Management.

Courses taken during research year

Both mandatory and elective PhD courses from the graduate school that you have completed during the research year can be transferred and approved as part of your PhD degree. Simply add the course to your PhD plan and upload the course diploma.

Participation in PhD Day as a research year student cannot be transferred. You are expected to participate in PhD Day as a PhD student as well.

All courses not offered by the graduate school and included in PhD Course Management are defined as external courses and need to be approved. See what other courses can be accredited.