PhD degree structure

The Graduate School, Arts offers two degree programmes:

  • 5+3 programme
  • 4+4 programme

Ordinary 3-year PhD fellowships - the 5+3 programme

To begin a 3-year fellowship you must have passed a qualifying examination that corresponds to 300 ECTS credits (e.g. a Bachelor’s degree allocated 180 ECTS credits and a Master’s degree allocated 120 ECTS credits).  This means that if you do not yet have your Master's diploma when you apply for enrolment you must enclose documentation stating that you have submitted your Master’s thesis for assessment (by the deadline for application if you apply for one of our calls), and you must have completed your Master’s degree no later than the day before enrolment start.

The PhD programme consists of PhD courses, academic communication, working at the department including teaching, possible international exchanges, independent research and working with the PhD dissertation.


Ordinary 4-year student research scholarships (4+4 programme)

To begin a 4-year scholarship you must have passed a qualifying examination that corresponds to 240 ECTS credits (e.g. a Bachelor’s degree allocated 180 ECTS credits as well as Master’s degree examinations that correspond to 60 ECTS credits, or a Master’s degree allocated 240 ECTS credits). This means that the earliest point in time at which you can apply is during the semester immediately before you reach the 240 ECTS credits.

Applicants who will have acquired 60 to 90 ECTS credits in a Master’s degree examination after the deadline for application can also apply for a 4-year scholarship. Applicants who have already earned 90 ECTS credits at the time of application should apply for the 3-year scholarship (5+3 programme) when the Master’s thesis has been submitted for assessment.

In general terms, the Master’s thesis constitutes the final part of the Master’s degree programme.

The programme consists of a part A and a part B each of two years of full time study.


Part A

During part A of the programme you complete your MA simultaneously with the first part of your PhD. If you are not already enrolled as a Master’s degree student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University you are required to apply for enrolment and credit transfer for all courses previously completed as part of your degree programme at Master’s level. Please contact Study Centre Arts:http://studerende.au.dk/en/studies/subject-portals/arts/contact/.

SU grant as a Master's degree student:

This initial part of the programme may consist of courses, independent research, international exchanges and work at one of the Faculty's departments.

The course of the postgraduate programme is evaluated every 6 months. After 18 months the student will either be recommended for completing the programme with part B and thus obtaining the PhD degree or to end the programme after the first 2 years and thus obtaining a research-intensive Master’s degree. PhD students completing after part A will be working on their master thesis during the last term.

In part A the PhD degree programme is financed by a SU PhD scholarship (corresponding to 2 SU vouchers from the State Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark) as well as a salary for the student's work at the department (all in all 280 hours in two years).

Students who are recommended for part B will during the last term of part A be working on a qualifying exam which consists of the fourth evaluation and a presentation of one or more scholarly works within the PhD project. One or more of these works will be assessed as the master thesis in order for the student to obtain the Master's Degree. Satisfactory completion of all the parts of the qualification exam is necessary for enrolling in part B.


Part B


Part B consists of PhD courses, academic communication, working at the department including teaching (560 hours), possible international exchanges, independent research and working with the PhD dissertation. At part B the PhD project is financed by a scholarship in accordance with the collective agreement. Please consult the translated version of the salary agreement at Aarhus University.


Language

The Graduate School of Arts offers supervision in Danish and English to PhD students enrolled in the postgraduate programme. In Part A it is possible to take courses taught in English in several of the study programmes, or to combine international courses. In Part B it will be possible to take courses taught in English in all of the study programmes. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the study programme or to see the Faculty’s current International Course Catalogue for further information on courses in English.


Admission requirements

To be considered for the student research scholarships (4+4) applicants must have one of the following qualifications within relevant academic disciplines:

  • a 3-year BA and a minimum of 1 year of full-time graduate study, or
  • equivalent qualifications

Master’s degree students who have not yet successfully completed the final exam of the first year of their Master’s degree programme should include a curriculum for any outstanding exams and a statement from the relevant teacher or director of studies. Admission to the Graduate School, Arts requires satisfactory English language skills in the form of a TOEFL or IELTS score (if you do not have ‘B level’ in English from a Danish entrance examination).

Applicants can suggest a potential main supervisor among faculty staff (not mandatory).


Double and Joint degree programmes

The Graduate School, Arts offers double and joint degree programmes in collaboration with international partners. As part of a double or joint degree programme PhD students will spend time at both universities under mutual supervision schemes.