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PhD courses

PhD courses must be completed corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points in total. The courses must be relevant to the PhD student's research project, training or prospective career and planned in cooperation with the principal supervisor. The PhD course must be on a higher academic level than the Master's degree. The principal supervisor decides the number of ECTS points for each course.

Please note, your study elements must be completed when you are actively enrolled. This means, you cannot include courses or get courses approved if they are taken during leave from the PhD study or completed after the enrolment end date.   

Graduate School, Arts offers a variety of courses for PhD students.

The course programme consists of the following:

  • Mandatory courses for PhD students enrolled at Graduate School, Arts:
    • "Introduction to PhD supervision for PhD students at Arts"
      For further information please see this page.
    • "Introduction to university teaching for PhD students"
      For further information please see this page.
    • "Research Integrity and Ethics"
      The Graduate School offers this course three times a year (twice in Danish and one in English). 
  • Literature search and reference management at AU Library
    For further information please see: https://ced.au.dk/en/courses/arts-literature-search-and-reference-management-at-au-library/ 

  • Transferable skills courses
  • Courses for PhD students at Aarhus University 
    • Conference Presentations: Preparation and Delivery
      This course aims to provide PhD students with insight into the key characteristics of effective academic oral presentations, as well as with knowledge and tools to develop skills and confidence in communicating research-related material in English. 
      For further information please see this page.
    • Introduction to Research Writing in English
      Raise your awareness of the characteristics of research writing and improve your research writing skills with this hands-on PhD course.
      For further information please see this page.

  • Programme specific courses


PhD students enrolled at Graduate School, Arts, should contact their main supervisor for the planning of course attendance. 


Besides 2 of the mandatory PhD courses the Centre for Educational Development (CED) offers a number of other PhD courses.

External PhD courses offered by other Danish institutions can be found in the national course database "PhD courses in Denmark".

PhD Courses at Graduate School, Arts

Fri 01 Sep
00:00-00:00 | online
Online Course in Web Archives and Web Archiving
Online course. Participation from work or from home, and at convenient time. Exact course starts are agreed between participants and course instructors, and the course may be offered more than once per year for different participants.
Wed 11 Aug
00:00-00:00 | Campus Aarhus
Netlab PHD Workshop in Web archiving
Please notice: This workshop will not be cancelled due to Corona virus precautions, but an online solution (video conference) may be applied with short notice if the situation in August demands it. Participants will be notified and get directions for how to participate if this becomes relevant. The NetLab PhD workshop in web archiving will include presentations on the necessity and challenges of preserving web content (which disappears rapidly, and must be preserved as a resource), of the underlying technologies in web content and it's preservation, and on how archived web content may differ from the online originals.
Tue 12 Oct
00:00-00:00 | Campus Emdrup
Improve your research
The overall aim of the course is to strengthen the general academic skills of first year PhD students at the Faculty of Arts. In order to help the student get a comprehensive view of the research within their field, the two-day course will give the doctoral student and understanding of how to navigate digital resources, how to conduct an academic search, and how to use the tools available to follow the latest research. Conducting a literature review also involves critically reading and writing about prior scholarly work pertinent to a research project. The course includes an introduction to this subject.