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What is the PhD programme

The PhD programme is designed to provide PhD students with competences that enables him or her to become a qualified researcher; that is a scientist able to conduct responsible, independent research, according to principles of good research practice.

The PhD programme equals 180 ECTS credits, equivalent to three years of full-time study. Within this time frame, PhD students will complete a degree programme that includes:

  • A research project carried out under supervision 
  • A course programme corresponding to half a year's full-time study (30 ECTS credits)
  • Establishment of affiliation to one or more other (international) research environments
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination 
  • Authoring of scientific publication(s)
  • Preparation, writing, and defence of your PhD dissertation

The three years run from the time of registration to submittal of the PhD thesis, not including assessment, defence and allocation of the PhD degree.

Upon satisfactorily completing the programme the PhD student is awarded the PhD degree.

Contact with other research environments


PhD students are supposed to participate in active research environments, including research stays at other, primarily international, research institutions. Please note that although it is not a requirement to engage in a stay at an international research institution, it is highly encouraged. As main supervisor/ supervisor team you are expected to have a number of contacts as well as national and international networks with whom your PhD student may co-operate in different ways.

Teaching activities or other kinds of knowledge dissemination

All PhD students must gain experience with teaching and knowledge dissemination. Employed PhD students may be imposed with teaching or other kinds of knowledge dissemination for up to 280 hours a year.

Last Updated 22.03.2019