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During your PhD education

If you wish to achieve a PhD degree, you must complete formal training, which is governed by the Executive Order on PhD. This states, amongst others, what the PhD contains, provides information on supervisor and supervision, the role of the review committee, the dissertation per se and the de-fence.


In connection with your enrolment, you and the university work together to develop a PhD plan. This contains, amongst others, a timetable for the participation in courses and a funding plan. Throughout your programme, you and your supervisor may regularly follow up and possibly adjust your PhD plan. If you do not adhere to the plan, you must be given time to rectify this. This is absolutely crucial. If this does not happen, your enrolment will lapse – and, thus, your employment, if you are employed at the university. Here, DM may be of assistance if, e.g. your rights are not being complied with according to the Executive Order on PhD.

The PhD programme comprises the following elements:

  • Independent research work under supervision (your PhD project)
  • PhD courses totalling approximately 30 ECTS points 
  • Participation in active research environments, including stays at other, primarily foreign, research institutions, private research companies, etc. 
  • Obtaining experience with teaching activities or other forms of knowledge dissemination related to your PhD project 
  • Your PhD dissertation itself

Review and defence

Once you have submitted your PhD dissertation, an expert review committee is set up. Do be aware that, in relation to the Executive Order on PhD, the university is obliged to inform you of the composition of the review committee and you have at least one week to make any objections.

The role of the supervisor

A supervisor must be appointed to you and, in addition, you may have additional secondary supervisors. This is laid down in the Executive Order on PhD. If your collaboration with your supervisor does not work out, DM may assist in changing to another supervisor. E.g. by supporting you in your contact with the university.

The institution sets out the rules for the supervision; however, it is important that you agree the form of supervision with your supervisor and that this is described in your PhD plan.

Your main supervisor must be a recognised researcher who, for a number of years, has been actively involved in research on a scientific level. Your main supervisor must be at least at the level of associate professor or senior researcher.

If you are covered by the Occupation PhD scheme, you must also have a supervisor at your employer company.