Ph.D. program

The research training program in Biology provides training within the key research areas of the Department of Biology. The students within the program 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




Acoustic Communication and Behaviour


Leader: Professor Ronnie N. Glud
Secretary: Lone Nørgaard Bruun

The Research Training Program includes all Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors at the Department of Biology.

The Research Training Program is headed by Professor Ronnie N. Glud. He is supported administratively by Lone Nørgaard Bruun, who carries out the daily administration. General administration of doctoral projects under the Ph.D. program (e.g. evaluation of applications, approval of study plans, applications for mobility, education, and communication activities) is carried out by the Ph.D. committee at the Department of Biology. This committee consists of three members (the leader of the program and two researchers) and reports to the Ph.D. School at the Faculty of Science.

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

The Research Training Program offers a wide range of courses that can be complemented by courses taught at other departments. It is also encouraged to follow relevant courses organized by other national and international research institutions. The supervisor and the Ph.D.-student jointly identify relevant courses tailored to each Ph.D. project. Participation in relevant conferences is expected.

As a guideline a Ph.D.thesis from the training program will typically contain 3 or more full-length articles. Of these, 1-2 should be submitted, accepted or published in national or internationally recognized journals and at least 2 articles should have the Ph.D.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 program is to facilitate networking with Ph.D.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 Research Training Program - and Ph.D. students are strongly encouraged to participate.

All new Ph.D. students at the Department of Biology will automatically be enrolled in the Ph.D. program

Here is a list of on-going Ph.D. projects within program.

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