The Graduate School, Arts offers two degree programmes:
The Graduate School, Arts also offers double and joint degree programmes in collaboration with international partners.
The programme regulations for the graduate schools at Aarhus University are in accordance with the provisions in Ministerial Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 on the PhD Programmes at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions and section 16b(1) –(4) of the Danish University Act, Consolidation Act no. 261 of 18 March 2015.
Official duration of programme in credits and/or years
The PhD programme is equivalent in length to three years of full-time study or 180 ECTS credits at a level above that of completed Master’s degree. One year corresponds to 60 ECTS credits.
The objective of the PhD programmes at Aarhus University is to train the PhD student to independently conduct high-calibre research and to master research methods and tools, development tasks and teaching within the field.
The PhD degree is conferred on a candidate who has completed a PhD programme, which is comprised of the following elements:
The dissertation must be publicly defended.
Professional status (if applicable)
A PhD degree from Aarhus University is a research-based, internationally oriented educational qualification that qualifies the holder to take knowledge-intensive positions in industry, business, the public sector and in academia – including in the international labour marked.
For further information please see this page.
To begin a 3-year fellowship you must have passed a qualifying examination that corresponds to 300 ECTS credits (e.g. a Bachelor’s degree allocated 180 ECTS credits and a Master’s degree allocated 120 ECTS credits). This means that you must have completed your Master’s degree no later than the day before enrolment start.
The PhD degree programme consists of PhD courses, academic communication, working at the department including teaching, possible international exchanges, independent research and working with the PhD dissertation.
Full-time employment equals 37 hours a week on average as stated in the agreement and protocol.
The Graduate School of Arts offers supervision in Danish and English. It will also be possible to take courses taught in English.
To be considered for the PhD fellowships (5+3) applicants must have the following qualifications within relevant academic disciplines:
Admission to the Graduate School, Arts requires satisfactory English language skills (if you do not have ‘B level’ in English from a Danish entrance examination).
Applicants can suggest a potential main supervisor among faculty staff (not mandatory).
Requirements (ECTS credits)
To begin a 4-year scholarship you must have passed a qualifying examination that corresponds to 240 ECTS credits (e.g. a Bachelor’s degree allocated 180 ECTS credits as well as Master’s degree examinations that correspond to 60 ECTS credits, or a Master’s degree allocated 240 ECTS credits). This means that the earliest point in time at which you can apply is during the semester immediately before you reach the 240 ECTS credits.
Applicants who will have acquired 60 to 90 ECTS credits in a Master’s degree examination after the deadline for application can also apply for a 4-year scholarship.
- If a Danish Master’s degree programme has been extended and has a prescribed duration of 150 ECTS credits (in Danish "rammeudvidelse"), the applicant must have accumulated at least 90 ECTS credits and no more than 120 ECTS credits at the time of their enrolment.
- Applicants who have already earned 90 ECTS credits (120 ECTS credits if the Danish Master's degree programme has been extended to 150 ECTS instead of 120 ECTS) at the time of application should apply for the 3-year fellowship (5+3 programme) as long as the Master’s degree programme is completed no later than the day before the PhD enrolment starts.
In general terms, the Master’s thesis constitutes the final part of the Master’s degree programme.
The programme consists of a part A and a part B each of two years of full time study.
Part A consists of 60 MA-ECTS credits and 60 PhD-ECTS credits and part B consists of 120 PhD-ECTS credits. This means that the average number of working hours on the PhD degree programme is 18.5 hours per week on part A and 37 hours per week on part B.
Exception: If you receive 90 MA-ECTS credits (or 120 MA-ECTS credits if the Danish Master's degree programme has been extended to 150 ECTS) between the PhD application deadline and enrolment start you will only be enrolled for 1½ years on part A (30 MA-ECTS credits and 60 PhD-ECTS credits) . Part B still consists of 120 PhD-ECTS credits. This means that the average number of working hours on the PhD degree programme is 24.67 hours per week on part A and 37 hours per week on part B.
Please note that you cannot apply for the 4+4 scheme with an ongoing Master’s degree programme if you have already completed another Master’s degree programme corresponding to a Danish two-year Master’s degree programme (120 ECTS). This means that you have to apply for the 5+3 scheme with your completed Master’s degree and not the 4+4 scheme with your ongoing Master’s degree programme.
During part A of the programme you complete your MA simultaneously with the first part of your PhD.
If you are not already enrolled as a Master’s student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University you will be contacted by the Study Centre Arts (if you get one of the PhD fellowships). They will find a new Master's degree programme at Arts for you and make a credit transfer for the courses previously completed as part of your degree programme at Master’s level. On this page you can see all the Master's degree programmes at Aarhus University (choose "Faculty" - "Arts" to see the programmes at Arts): https://kandidat.au.dk/en/
SU grant as a Master's degree student:
This initial part of the programme may consist of courses, independent research, international exchanges and work at one of the Faculty's departments.
The course of the postgraduate programme is evaluated every 6 months. After 18 months the student will either be recommended for completing the programme with part B and thus obtaining the PhD degree or to end the programme after the first 2 years and thus obtaining a research-intensive Master’s degree. PhD students completing after part A will be working on their master thesis during the last term.
In part A the PhD degree programme is financed by a SU PhD scholarship (corresponding to 2 SU vouchers from the State Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark) as well as a salary for the student's work at the department (all in all 280 hours in two years).
Students who are recommended for part B will during the last term of part A be working on a qualifying exam which consists of the fourth evaluation and a presentation of one or more scholarly works within the PhD project. One or more of these works will be assessed as the master thesis in order for the student to obtain the Master's Degree. Satisfactory completion of all the parts of the qualification exam is necessary for enrolling in part B.
The Master’s thesis must be submitted no later than four weeks (six weeks if submitted in the period 15 June - 31 August) before the expiry of the enrolment on part A so the mark given for this thesis can be entered in the same month as the expiry of part A. If the Master’s thesis is submitted before the deadline and thus gaining the Master’s degree before the month in which the enrolment on part A expires, the SU PhD scholarship expires at the same time as the degree is awarded (at the end of the month). If the Master’s thesis is submitted before the deadline, the time remaining under part A will not be added to part B. Enrolment for part B lasts two years, no matter how long part A lasts.
Part B consists of PhD courses, academic communication, working at the department including teaching (560 hours), possible international exchanges, independent research and working with the PhD dissertation. At part B the PhD project is financed by a scholarship in accordance with the collective agreement. Please consult the translated version of the salary agreement at Aarhus University.
The Graduate School of Arts offers supervision in Danish and English to PhD students enrolled in the postgraduate programme. In Part A it is possible to take courses taught in English in several of the study programmes, or to combine international courses. In Part B it will be possible to take courses taught in English in all of the study programmes. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the study programme or to see the Faculty’s current International Course Catalogue for further information on courses in English.
To be considered for the student research scholarships (4+4) applicants must have one of the following qualifications within relevant academic disciplines:
Master’s degree students who have not yet successfully completed the final exam of the first year of their Master’s degree programme should include a curriculum for any outstanding exams and a statement from the relevant teacher or director of studies. Admission to the Graduate School, Arts requires satisfactory English language skills (if you do not have ‘B level’ in English from a Danish entrance examination).
Applicants can suggest a potential main supervisor among faculty staff (not mandatory).
The Graduate School, Arts offers double and joint degree programmes in collaboration with international partners. As part of a double or joint degree programme PhD students will spend time at both universities under mutual supervision schemes.
The programmes may be organised in collaboration with one or more cooperating foreign PhD training institutions. Enrolment based on collaboration on degrees at two institutions will be based on framework agreements between the Graduate School, Arts and the partner institutions. Similarly, individual agreements will be entered into with partners concerning the content of a student's PhD programme. The PhD plan will then be based on this agreement.