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PhD programme

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

  • Microbial Ecology and Geobiology
  • Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology  
  • Ecophysiology
  • Acoustic Communication and Behaviour
  • Biodemography


Leader: Associate Professor Kasper Reitzel
Secretary: Camilla Windfeld-Lund

The Research Training Programme includes all assistant associates and full professors at the Department of Biology.

The Research Training Programme is headed by Professor Kasper Reitzel. He is supported administratively by Lone Nørgaard Bruun, who carries out the daily administration. General administration of doctoral projects under the PhD 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 consists of three members (the leader of the programme and two researchers) and reports to the PhD School at the Faculty of Science.

Each of the five research areas offers competent PhD guidance and a range of PhD training and networking activities. Each research area is staffed by up to 6 researchers. The organisation of individual PhD projects follows the guidelines and codes outlined by the Faculty of Science.

The PhD programme offers a wide range of courses that can be complemented by courses taught at other departments. It is also encouraged 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.

As a guideline, a PhD thesis from the training programme 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 recognized journal.

An important aim of the PhD programme 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.

All new PhD students at the Department of Biology will automatically be enrolled in the Research Training Programme.

Department of Biology University of Southern Denmark

  • Campusvej 55
  • Odense M - DK-5230
  • Phone: +45 6550 2720

Last Updated 04.04.2022