The Graduate School of Health

With its annual intake of 150–200 students the Graduate School of Health is one of Denmark’s largest graduate schools, and holds long-standing traditions for recruiting students from the entire health science area.

The aim of the Graduate School of Health is to provide PhD students with a broad knowledge of the scientific theories, methodologies and tools on which health science research is based and to develop the students’ understanding and ability to independently address scientific issues.

Graduate programmes

The Graduate School of Health occupies more than 600 PhD students within three graduate programmes (GPs).

The 3 graduate programmes reflects our departments:

The descriptions of the 3 graduate programmes are under construction, and will be available as soon as possible.

The Graduate School of Health offers the ordinary three-year graduate programme after obtaining a two-year Master's degree (5+3), and integrated graduate programmes as either 4-year schemes with enrolment after one year of Master's level studies (4+4) or as 5-year schemes after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree or, alternatively, after completing relevant course work corresponding to 180 ECTS credits (3+5). In addition, the graduate school offers a three-year business-oriented Industrial PhD Programme after obtaining a two-year Master’s degree.

For detailed information about application announcements and deadlines please see the Graduate School of Health’s open calls.

PhD Committee

The Head of the Graduate School of Health is Helene Nørrelund, who is assisted by the graduate school’s PhD committee. The committee consists of 7 representatives from the Graduate School’s departments and 6 PhD students. The committee is appointed by the dean who also appoints the chair and the vice-chair, if applicable, upon the committee’s recommendations.

Working relations

The Graduate School of Health has an extensive and excellent working relationship with Aarhus University Hospital, which gives the graduate school access to advanced technological facilities of the highest international standard. Also, the graduate school collaborates with the business community which – together with private foundations – plays an important role in financing a large number of the research projects carried out by the graduate school’s PhD students.

PhD Day

In January the Graduate School of Health hosts an annual PhD day. All PhD students at the graduate school participate by presenting their research work and, throughout the day, internationally recognized researchers lecture on topical subjects. The day concludes with a party for everyone.


The Graduate School of Health is a member of the Organization for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System (ORPHEUS). Read more about ORPHEUS here.