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Yes, the Graduate School is open, and can be contacted by e-mail and telephone during the usual opening hours; 9-12 and 12.30-14.


Phone: +45  65 50 49 49 

It is still possible to conduct PhD defenses, but please make sure to follow all current restrictions and guidelines. SDU's guidelines can be found here.

The Faculty of Health Sciences highly recommends using Zoom for digital defenses. If you chose to use another system for a digital defense, the Graduate School cannot offer IT-support. 

Please see the guidelines for digital defense here

During the COVID19 crisis, you may have been required to take on additional work than planned – if this is the case; contact the Graduate School to apply for an extension of your PhD period or leave of absence. You can find application forms here.

The Graduate School can only extend the enrolment, and not your employment. The place of employment may extend the employment – that is typically the hospital department or University department.

Additional work due to the COVID19 crisis will be accepted as a valid cause for the extension of the PhD period.  As always, applications will be handled individually.

If you have less than 6 months left before your submission date and have been unable to obtain the required 30 ECTS points due to the COVID19 situation, please contact the PhD School,, so we may help you find a solution.

Under the above mentioned circumstances, it may be possible to obtain extra ECTS points for international conferences attend during your enrolment, even conferences where you have not been an active participant. The arrangement is temporary!


If your are tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in a PhD course, please contact the Graduate School as soon as possible.

The Graduate School will inform all participants in the course, and encourage all to get tested.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must do the following:
Self-isolate until 48 hours after the symptoms have subsided, pay particular attention to hygiene and cleaning, and follow any instructions from your GP and health professionals.
Infected persons without any symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days following their test.

For more information on what to do, please read the guide Til dig, der er testet positiv for ny coronavirus (in Danish).

For students employed at SDU: If you are tested positive for COVID-19, please follow SDU's guidelines and contact your immediate manager.

For students NOT employed at SDU: If you are tested positive for COVID-19, please report at and make sure to follow the guidelines from your place of employment.

You can find more information here:

The Graduate School is not closed, so yes, you can hand in your thesis. As always, please hand in via e-mail:

Find more information here.

You do not need to submit a new application, just send us an e-mail with the new dates for your stay abroad. 

Please contact the Graduate School,


For more information, please see our general guidelines



Last Updated 07.10.2021