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Salary and employment

Salary and working conditions

Most PhD students are employed at the Faculty of Arts simultaneously with their enrolment as PhD students, but there are also many PhD students who are employed by public or private employers during their PhD study.

Apart from working on the PhD project and taking part in PhD courses the PhD degree programme normally requires that the PhD student places a certain number of working hours at the department at which he or she is associated. The PhD student and the department agree on the tasks. This might for instance be teaching, instructor lessons or assistance to project applications, conferences or other research activities at the department.

The Guidelines on PhD students' paid work for the departments (840 hours total) is the Faculty regulations on work hours for PhD students: English version - Danish version

PhD fellowship

As a PhD student (5+3 programme or 4+4 programme, part B) you are salaried in accordance with the collective agreement between the state and the academic unions. This means that you will have a monthly income at approximately 25,000-30,000 Danish Kroner before tax (depending on seniority).


The majority of PhDs are employed within higher education and work within research and teaching. However, an increasing number of PhDs are also employed within other public institutions or private companies.

Further information

Read more about the salary agreement here: English version - Danish version
See the salary levels for the 5+3 programme (and part B of the 4+4-programme) here: English version
See how the seniority of a PhD fellow (5+3) is calculated here: English version

SU PhD scholarship

PhD students on part A of the 4+4 programme receive a payment corresponding to two SU vouchers per month (maximum 48 points). One SU vouchers corresponds to DKK 6,243.00 (2020).

Any remaining SU vouchers from your Master's degree programme will also be paid according to article 1 of the law regarding the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme (SU).

The SU vouchers from your Master's degree programme and the PhD SU vouchers are thus paid independently of each other.


Additionally, PhD students are offered employment simultaneously with the SU PhD scholarship which takes place in accordance with the agreement regarding payment of PhD students for work carried out in connection with the PhD programme (enclosure 5b: Danish version - English version).

The hourly salary is DKK 219.80 (April 2020 level) plus holiday pay on 12.5 per cent. The salary is based on 17.5 hours per month, and is disbursed on the last weekday of each month during February-May and September-December.

After obtaining a Master's degree and the successful completion of the qualifying exam the PhD student will be employed on the 4+4 programme's part B under the same conditions as a PhD fellow on the 5+3 programme.