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The Innovation Track targeting Bachelor's and Master's degree students offers a new way of understanding and collaborating with the industry – combining traditional learning and training with innovation skills and real life examples and cases. The purpose of the track is to prepare talented young students for a career within the health care industry, through cooperative activities.

The Ministerial Order on talent development form the basis for the Research & Innovation Honours Programme. These rules and guidelines allow the university to offer extracurricular activities beyond the standard ECTS credits. Talent development programmes are extracurricular activities at a very high level and with high demands on the student’s competences and performance. The Faculty Management at Health has therefore approved the Research & Innovation Honours Programme as a talent development programme for students at the Faculty of Health. Additionally, the Innovation Track is open to students from Faculty of Natural Sciences and Faculty of Technical Sciences.

During the two years of the Innovation track of the Research & Innovation Honours Programme, the student will gain broad insight into both theories and practise in the perspective of innovation, product idea and development and business strategy, and will be challenged, both professionally and personally.

The programme runs concurrent with the student’s ordinary study, and therefore gives the student a unique career advantage, as well as a graduation with distinction.


A student who completes the Innovation Track of the Research & Innovation Honours Programme will gain great experience with innovation and business and will develop a strong professional network with lecturers and representatives from academia and the medical industry, both nationally and internationally.

A graduation with distinction is an acknowledged recognition of the extracurricular activities.


To become a part of the Innovation Track in the Honours Programme, the student must be highly motivated, professionally competent and eager to learn and achieve results. The student must have a genuine interest in health science, innovation and business development and be willing to challenge him/herself. Furthermore, good English language skills are required.

The Innovation Track is open to both Bachelor's and Master's Degree students at Faculty of Health, Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences at Aarhus University.

  • Bachelor's Degree students will be enrolled when they start their third semester (Medical students starting in the winter will be enrolled on their second semester).
  • Master's Degree students  will be enrolled when they start their first semester (Medical students starting in the winter will be enrolled on their second semester)

The student is required to follow the ordinary study according to the study plan, and pass all exams timely. 

The Research & Innovation Honours Programme is an extracurricular activity, and the student is expected to spend some evenings and weekends on the activities of programme, as well as the self-study and the individual project.


Form and content

Calls for application for enrolment are announced once a year with deadline Mid September. The open call provides an application form, which must be completed by the student.

The application must include:

  • basic information about the candidate
  • a motivational statement describing the applicant’s motivation for applying, as well as activities, experiences and results relevant to the programme
  • the applicant’s CV
  • a diploma or transcript of records (in Danish or English)

The requirements are described in the application guide. All documents must be in English and combined into one pdf-file.


The applications will be assessed by the Coordination Committee for the Honours Programme based on the student’s results, motivation and potential.

Please see the application guide for more information about the application and the mandatory documents.

If there are more qualified applicants than available positions in the programme, interviews will be held as part of the application process.

Applicants will get a response by the end of September, and will thereby be able to start the programme by 1 October.

Content and activities

The Research & Innovation Honours Programme consists of several different interdisciplinary activities, at a high academic level.Get an overview of all activities for enrollment 2020.

The activities at the Innovation Track equal 30 ECTS credits for Bachelor's degree students and minimum 25 ECTS credits for Master's degree students.

All activities are placed outside of the ordinary study schedule (on late afternoons/evenings or during weekends). 


The honours programme focuses on developing the student’s interdisciplinary competences. This is done through workshops, where the student is engaged and challenged to think differently and work together with peers across disciplines. The workshops encourage reflection and independent thinking.


The workshops are built around scientific health issues, which can only be solved with input and participation from different disciplines. Through active participation from the student, aspects and methods are illustrated.

The purpose of the workshops is to:

  • Introduce the student to innovation and how to develop new products
  • Train the student in working across disciplines
  • Create a platform for scientific and innovative collaboration across fields of study
  • Create a forum where the student can develop and meet like-minded students from other areas
  • Contribute to building an innovative and interdisciplinary culture in collaboration with different representatives from the industry




It is essential that the students are able to relate to their own development and to achieve non-academic career competences, such as business understanding and team work focussing on innovative processes to grasp different challenges within the health care industry.

At the start of the Innovation Track, the student will receive information about requirements, which will provide the students with knowledge regarding general competences. The student is expected to independently study literature and other relevant information and articles during the programme.

Projects and mentors

The Honours Programme Innovation Track also focuses on developing the student’s personal competences. One of the central elements of the programme is therefore securing the students development through supervision. 


As part of the Research & Innovation Honours Programme, the student is encouraged to participate in different events such as Medical Innovation Day and Match Making Day. The event can be academic or social. The aim is to develop the student’s professional and career competences through network.

Progression and absence

Students enrolled in the Research & Innovation Honours Programme are expected to follow all activities in both their ordinary study and in the programme concurrently. Absence, lacking participation, failure to hand in assignments or delays in the ordinary study will lead to dismissal from the programme.

In case of absence due to illness or for other reasons, the student must ensure to obtain the missing ECTS credits, e.g. by attending the activity at a later point, or by attending a substituting activity. Other activities can only be approved by the Coordination Committee for the Honours Programme. The student must apply for a dispensation/exemption via the form "Exemption from activities"

Graduation with distinction

Students who complete a Research & Innovation Honours Programme will graduate with distinction, and get a recognition in connection with their Bachelor’s or Master's Degree diploma.