The Graduate School, Arts offers eight PhD programmes, each managed by a PhD programme director.
Each PhD programme has a standing assessment committee made up of five experts within the relevant research area. The assessment committees make recommendations concerning the admission of students to the programme and the award of PhD scholarships. The committees must cover the spread of disciplines within the research areas of their respective programmes, and both genders must be represented. Membership of the assessment committees will be changed regularly. The PhD programme director will be the chair of the assessment committee for the programme. The assessment committee will involve relevant experts in the work of assessment. Interviews may be held.
The recommended 4+4 applicant must meet the entrance requirements for enrolment of both a Master's degree programme and the PhD degree programme. The entrance requirements for the Master’s degree programme is the same for all students (incl. 4+4 students). If the applicant does not fulfil the entrance requirements for the Master’s degree programme, it is not possible to offer enrolment on the 4+4 scheme of the PhD degree programme.
An example from the Academic Regulations for Master’s Degree Programme in Anthropology (2021):
1.3 Admission requirements and prerequisites
The following degree programmes qualify the student for admission to the Master’s degree programme in anthropology:
Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above. As a minimum, these must contain:
Besides passing the above requirements, the applicant must also obtain a credit transfer of 60-90 ECTS credits for courses taken at Master's level in order to be offered enrolment on the 4+4 scheme of the PhD degree programme.
Before submission of the dissertation the PhD programme director will make recommendations to the graduate school concerning the composition of the assessment committee.
The defence will normally be chaired by the PhD programme director. The PhD programme director may instead nominate another suitable qualified member of the academic staff to chair the defence.