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A PhD student will be offered 180 hours of PhD supervision in total, i.e. normally 30 hours of supervision per semester, divided between the project supervisors. This amount includes supervisors' preparation work. However, the need for and extent of supervision may vary over the course of the programme. Principal supervisors must meet their students on regular basis.

The principal supervisor has overall responsibilities for the PhD programme as a whole, for supervision as a whole, for the preparation of the PhD plan, for semi-annual evaluations, etc. The principal supervisor will monitor the progress of the PhD student's research project and the writing of the PhD dissertation with a view to ensuring completion as required. The principal supervisor has responsibility for contacts between the Institution and the co-supervisors concerning work on the PhD project. This is particularly important if the PhD studies are carried out in part outside the institution.  

Introduction to doctoral supervision for new doctoral supervisors

Obligatory Course for new doctoral supervisors at Arts. See this page for course dates and deadlines.

Doctoral supervision

Review of the handbook literature on doctoral supervision.

Søren S. E. Bengtsen, Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, Aarhus University

Basic principles of PhD education at Aarhus University

Aarhus University insists on academic excellence in PhD education. Academic development, scholarly integrity, societal engagement, and the ability to collaborate are key in PhD education.

For further information about the 5 basic principles please see this page.