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Research training programme in Biology

Students within the research training programme in  Biology will engage in experimental biology on topics ranging from microorganisms to ecosystem-level, with an overall emphasis on aquatic biology. The programme  provides research training within the key research areas of the Department of Biology.

Each of the six research areas offers competent PhD guidance and a range of PhD training and networking activities. Each research area is staffed by up to six researchers.

The organisation of individual PhD projects follows the guidelines and codes outlined by the Faculty of Science.

As a guideline, a PhD thesis from the research training programme in Biology will typically contain 3 or more full-length articles. Of these, 1-2 should be submitted, accepted or published in national or internationally recognised journals, and at least 2 articles should have the PhD student as first author.

It is for the assessment committee to decide whether the thesis is of sufficient quality and in cases where only manuscripts are included. It is also up to the assessment committee to assess whether these could be accepted by an internationally recognised journal.

An important aim of the research training programme in Biology is to facilitate networking with PhD students and researchers from other universities in Denmark and abroad. Among other things this is facilitated by seminars, workshops and guest lectures by national and international researchers arranged by the programme - and PhD students are strongly encouraged to participate.


The research training programme in Biology is headed by Professor Kasper Reitzel, who is supported administratively by Department Secretary Lone Nørgaard Bruun, who carries out the daily administration.

General administration of PhD projects under the programme (e.g. evaluation of applications, approval of study plans, applications for mobility, education, and communication activities) is carried out by the PhD Committee at the Department of Biology.

This committee, which consists of the programme leader and two other researchers, reports to the PhD School at the Faculty of Science.

Other researchers associated with the programme

All assistant, associate and full professors at the Department of Biology are associated with the programme.

Courses offered within the programme

The research training programme in Biology offers a wide range of courses that can be complemented by courses taught at other departments.

We also encourage PhD students to follow relevant courses organised by other national and international research institutions.

The supervisor and the PhD student jointly identify relevant courses tailored to each PhD project. Participation in relevant conferences is expected.