Before you apply

Before you apply, you must have established contact to a possible main supervisor. A recommendation from your main supervisor is mandatory and has to be a part of your application.

A main supervisor needs to be on at least associate professor level and employed at the Faculty of Health, Aarhus University.

Your PhD project also needs to have at least one co-supervisor and no more than 3. The co-supervisors cannot be enrolled PhD students themselves.

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In order to apply for the ordinary three year PhD degree programme at the Graduate School of Health, applicants must have obtained a relevant Danish Master’s degree of at least five years of duration or equivalent (5+3 scheme).

In addition, the graduate school offers integrated PhD degree programmes (4+4 or 3+5 scheme) in which students commence their PhD degree programme before completing their Master’s degree.  In this case, enrolment is based on a relevant Danish Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and the applicant must be able to document enrolment in a Master's degree programme which must be concluded before the PhD degree can be awarded.

Finally, an equivalence assessment (studies considered to be equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree) can form the basis for enrolment. If an applicant holds a foreign Master’s degree or another degree, whether foreign or Danish, the Graduate School of Health will look at supplementary education and other relevant academic activities, e.g. research experience, and compare the applicant’s educational level and qualifications with a Danish Master’s degree (300 ECTS credits).

Applicants can have their qualifications assessed by means of a so-called equivalence assessment. If needed, applicants must supplement their education before applying for enrolment.

English language requirements 

Research is a global undertaking and during your PhD you will become part of an international network through presentations at conferences abroad and publications in English language journals. To develop your English language skills and to accommodate international PhD students, the PhD short courses are – as a general rule – taught in English.

It is therefore expected that during your PhD you will master the English language corresponding to CEFR C1-level:

  • “Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.” (quoted from “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment” by Council of Europe)

Applicants must document adequate English skills in one of the following ways:

  • An undergraduate or master’s degree from Denmark or the Nordic countries for which the admission requirement was English B-level or equivalent (applicable from 4 September 2017)
  • An undergraduate or master’s degree with English as the language of instruction (an official diploma where this is stated)
  • TOEFL test with a minimum score of 83 (iBT) or 560 (PBT)
  • IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.5
  • Cambridge CAE (grade A, B or C) or CPE
  • Citizenship from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States