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The Industrial PhD Programme

The Industrial PhD Programme is a co-operation between the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, a private company or the public sector, an Industrial PhD student and a university.

The admission requirement is a completed master's degree with a grade average of at least 9 on the 13-point scale and 8.2 on the 12-point scale for the overall study programme (bachelor + graduate programme).

As a PhD student you will be employed and paid by the company, which must be assessed as being able to finance your education over three years and to provide a professional environment that can support your PhD project. Your project must have a business-oriented focus.

You apply for the approval of an Industrial PhD project to the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation using a special application form. The project must be approved by both the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation and the Faculty before you can be enrolled. Further information on supervision and application forms can be found at The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.

Note that at the same time, you need to send the ordinary application form for enrolment into the PhD programme to the Faculty.

Contributions from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation are awarded as follows:

  • The company receives a contribution to the PhD student's salary (at present DKK 14,500 per month). The company is responsible for all the project’s running costs.
  • For each Industrial PhD student, the host university receives a total of DKK 360,000 for experimental study programmes and DKK 252,000 for non-experimental study programmes. These amounts cover supervision, work facilities, courses and assessment of the thesis. The tuition fees are taken from this amount.

The Faculty can provide the following support:

  • The sum of DKK 45,000 or DKK 30,000 for experimental or non-experimental research projects, respectively, to the research unit you are connected to. This money is mainly intended for securing your work facilities.
  • A non-earmarked yearly payment of DKK 12,500 paid through your department.

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