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The guidelines governing the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School of Health at Aarhus University have been laid down on the basis of

Below you will find links to our guidelines and rules concerning your PhD programme.

If you have any questions, you are always welcome to contact the graduate school administration at graduateschoolhealth@au.dk 


The PhD education is a 3-year full-time degree programme, and the PhD student is usually employed under the agreements in force on the Danish labour market during the enrolment.

The PhD degree is the highest attainable academic degree within health science. The PhD education aims at providing the PhD student with both broad and profound knowledge of the scientific theories, methods and tools that form the basis of health research and at developing the student’s ability to critically learn and evaluate new knowledge and independently identify and treat scientific problems. The PhD student must, therefore, contribute to the field with independent research in a limited area and a scientific PhD dissertation at a level corresponding to international standards.

Furthermore, the PhD education in health science aims at providing the students with the necessary qualifications for holding positions in which research competence is required, in Denmark as well as abroad, within research and education, treatment of patients as well as development, innovation and management in all parts of the healthcare sector in the broadest sense, including industrial businesses and international organisations.