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Required qualifications

Formal qualification requirements

To enrol in the PhD programme you need to have completed a master's degree (Danish: Kandidatgrad) or other relevant degree that concludes a research-based study programme of minimum five years’ duration at an institution of higher education.

If you do not hold a master's degree (Kandidatgrad), the Graduate School will make an individual assessment of your academic qualifications; an essential part of this assessment will be the number of obtained ECTS points. A Danish Master’s Degree is usually the equivalent of 60 ECTS points and a Master’s degree (Kandidatgrad) is the equivalent of 120 ECTS points.

An applicant with a Danish Master’s Degree must therefore supplement with a further 60 ECTS points.

Furthermore, the quality and subject of the supplementary ECTS points will also be part of the assessment. These points must, as a rule, be on the level of a Master’s Degree (kandidatuddannelse) and in a subject that is relevant for the planned PhD project.

If you hold a degree from an international institution, the Graduate School may require assessment of your qualifications by the Danish Agency for International Education.

Documented research experience

In addition to fulfilling the formal qualification requirements, you must also have some form of documented research experience. You may for example be the author or co-author of an article in a peer-reviewed international journal or of a published abstract from an international scientific conference. Or you may have worked as a researchassistant for 6 months or more.
The research experience of each applicant is individually assessed by the Graduate School.


Language skills

You need to have good oral and written English language skills. In some cases, the Graduate School may require that a language test is successfully passed. Approved tests are TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System).



Last Updated 14.05.2020