The PhD Thesis

Pursuant to the Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD Order), the PhD thesis must document the author’s ability to apply relevant scientific methods and to conduct a research project which complies with international standards for PhD degrees within the academic field concerned.

Co-author statements
It is strongly recommended that co-author statements be obtained during the course of the PhD studies.

It is especially true of industrial PhD students that, as the starting point, any questions relating to confidentiality concerning the business or the university be agreed between the parties involved in the study programme at the time of enrolment to avoid having to postpone the defence of the PhD thesis for this reason.

Form and substance of the PhD thesis
The PhD thesis must be written in English and include both a Danish and an English abstract. In special instances, and by arrangement with the head of the PhD School, the thesis may be written in Danish with an in-depth abstract in English.

The PhD thesis must include internationally publishable material of the highest standard, relating to what could normally be expected within the field of research concerned. The PhD thesis may be written as either a monograph or an anthology.  A PhD thesis without published material may be submitted. If a student’s thesis does not include published material, the principal supervisor must append a statement to the supervisor declaration stating that the quality of research in the thesis is deemed sufficient for assessment and explaining why no material has yet been published.

Articles included in the thesis may be prepared in collaboration with others on condition that written statements are included from each of the co-authors indicating the author's share of the work. Co-author statements should be made on a special form and be signed by the co-authors and the PhD student. 


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