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A student who complete the Research Track of the Research & Innovation Honours Programme will gain great experience with research and develop a strong professional network with researchers, both nationally and internationally. 

A graduation with distinction is an acknowledged recognition of the extracurricular activities, which will give the student great advantages in their future career.

Graduation with distinction

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


To become a part of the Honours Programme Research Track, 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 and be willing to challenge him/herself. Furthermore, good English language skills are required.

The student must have obtained a Bachelor’s or Professional Bachelor's degree and be enrolled in a Master’s degree programme at the Faculty of Health, Aarhus University and must have at least two years left of the degree programme. For medical students who have started their Master’s in the winter, it is possible to apply after having completed the first semester.

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

The Honours Programme is an extracurricular activity, and the student is expected to spend some evenings, weekends and one/two weeks during the summer on the activities of programme, as well as the self-study and the individual project.


Calls for application for enrolment are announced once a year with deadline 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. Furthermore, the applicant’s CV, diploma or transcript of records must be included, and bachelor's thesis. The requirements are described in the application guide.

All documents must be in English, combined into one pdf-file labeled with the applicant's name and submitted by email to talent.health@au.dk before deadline.

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

Students are expected to perform above average; both up to this point as well as in the programme. Selection of applicants will be based on performance, including grades.

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 October.

Content and activities

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

The activities in the programme equal 30 ECTS credits. All activities are placed outside of the ordinary study schedule. 

Research track specific activities:

Specific acitivites at the research trackat Health, Aarhus University


During the first year, the Research Track focuses on developing the student’s interdisciplinary competences. This is done through interdepartmental workshops, where the student is engaged and challenged to think differently and work together with peers across disciplines. The workshops encourages reflection and independent thinking.

Some 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. Other workshops focus on the development of transferable skills.

The purpose of the workshops is to:

  • Introduce the student to research
  • 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

The workshops will be held during the first year. The workshops demand a high level of student participation and preparation.  Each workshop corresponds to 1 ECTS credit, and will be held evenings and/or weekends from October to May.


It is essential that young potential researchers are able to relate to their own development and to achieve non-academic career competences, such as research dissemination, budgeting and project design.

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

Peer feedback sessions

During the Honours Programme, all students at the Research Track meet approximately five times for peer feedback sessions.  The sessions focus on personal and intellectual competences. The student presents his/her individual projects, including the goals, progression and challenges. The sessions allows the student to present their work to the other students in the programme, and thereby discuss the projects and get inspiration from each other. In one of the peer feedback sessions, students from the Research Track present their research project to an audience consisting of students from the Innovation Track.

During the peer feedback sessions, the student is trained in presentation and feedback.

Summer school

Between the 2nd and 3rd semester, a summer school will be held. The summer school will focus on developing the student’s academic and professional competences.

The summer school corresponds to 2.5 ECTS credits, which equals one week of full time study. Content and form of the summer school will vary from year to year.

Independent project under supervision

The Research Track also focuses on developing the student’s professional and career competences. One of the central elements of the programme is therefore an independent project under supervision.

The student must select the topic and identify a relevant issue, as well as find a main supervisor and a co-supervisor among the scientific staff at the Faculty of Health, Aarhus University.

The main supervisor must have a PhD degree and be employed at Health. Co-supervisor must be at least a PhD student, must be from a different department than the main supervisor, and can be employed at a faculty other than Health. Interdisciplinary elements must be included in the project. This could be a supervisor from another faculty or department (i.e. institute) at Aarhus University.

At the beginning of the second semester, the student must hand in a project plan, including goals for progression and activities. The student must compose the plan, based on input from the supervisor(s).

The scope of the individual project is to develop the student’s ability to:

  • Assess needs and usefulness
  • Formulate goals and subsidiary goals
  • Plan and organise project work
  • Include relevant existing knowledge
  • Make use of relevant methods for problem solving
  • Communicate results and achieved knowledge

The project plan is assessed by the Coordination Committee for the Honours Programme and must be approved in order for the student to continue in the programme.

The independent project is concluded with an academic contribution. For students enrolled in 2019 and later, this must be an article (manuscript) or a scientific report. The article/report must be written in English and should follow the IMRAD model (introduction, methodology, results and discussion). The scientific report should contain a total of 5-10 pages, including a half page summary in English. The figures, tables, and reference list are not included in the 5-10 pages.  

The independent project cannot replace the Master’s thesis.


As part of the Research & Innovation Honours Programme, students must plan and hold an event for their fellow students at AU who are not enrolled in the honours programme. The event can be academic or social, but must target fellow students. The event can be planned in groups, or by all Honours Programme students together. The aim is to develop the student’s professional and career competences through network.

Progression and absence

Students enrolled in the 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 the student must apply for an exemption by sending an application.