HOW TO BECOME A PHD STUDENT
Admission to the PhD programme is based on a Master’s degree or equivalent; cf. Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (PhD Order), No. 1039 of 27 August 2013. Additionally, the following guidelines apply for assessment of applications for enrolment as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Social Sciences and Humanities:
PhD applicants are assessed by an expert committee and the recommendation of the committee forms the basis of the final decision of the director of the doctoral school. The criteria for assessment of PhD candidates are as follows:
1. PROJECT PROPOSAL
The project proposal must fall within the scope of one of the doctoral programmes of the doctoral school and be closely linked with a research group. The problem formulation, theoretical framework, and methodology of the project proposal must document that the candidate are qualified for the PhD programme. Moreover, the project proposal must document that the project is feasible within the available time and budget
2. GRADE REQUIREMENTS
PhD candidates must have achieved the grade 10 or above in the Danish grading system (or the equivalent in a different grading system) for their Master’s Thesis/final exam. The PhD candidate may be exempted from the grade requirement, if he/she is able to provide other forms of documentation of his/her qualifications.
3. LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants who are planning to complete a doctoral thesis in English and who do not have English as a first language or who have not completed an English language-based Master's programme (or an equivalent educational achievement in English) shall provide documentation that they have passed one of the following official tests with the respective minimum score: IELTS (band score): 7, TOEFL (paper-based): 600, TOEFL (internet-based): 100. The language test must be no more than five years old at the time of the application.
English skills may also be documented in the following manner:
1) An English taught qualifying upper secondary school diploma, Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK or Ireland.
2) A Nordic or German upper secondary school diploma, International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme) or European Baccalaureate (from Schola Europaea) with an English level equivalent to a Danish B level in English with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (Danish grade scale).
3) A Danish Upper secondary school diploma - 'English level B' or 4) a Danish Upper secondary school diploma - 'English level A'.
The PhD Study is compromised of fixed elements given by the Ministerial Order and local AAU regulations. During the 3 years PhD students must complete the following elements:
You can apply for a merit prior to enrollment if you have completed one or more of the elements above. The merit given will be deducted from the 3 year timeframe.
Please contact AAU PhD if you have any questions in relation to the above.
1: Apply for a PhD stipend (published on www.aau.dk) - Here you will be employed as a PhD stipend and will be paid a salary by the university - requirements are listed under the vacant position.
2: Become part of a research project - Another way to get employment as a PhD stipend is by getting included in research project, headed by a senior researcher at the Faculty- PhD projects can be integrated as part of a research project and funding can thus be secured through a research application to a funding organization such as e.g. Forskningsrådet for Kultur og Kommunikation, Det Strategiske Forskningsråd or to a private fond.
In order to be included in a research project, you have to contact a senior researcher within your field of study to discuss your project and your qualifications.
3: Industrial PhD - This type of PhD is offered by Innovation Fund Denmark and combines enrollment in the Doctoral School with employment in a company/organization. The company in question will receive support to your salary and other elements and you will be able to participate in a project that has both a financial outlook and an academic scope. Read more about the program on Innovation Fund Denmark's website.
4: Self-funded PhD. If you have secured the funding for a PhD study an you meet the criteria for enrollment you can apply for a self-funded PhD.
Questions to the above can be directed to AAU PhD - email@example.com