This guide applies to all PhD applicants no matter the type of PhD study structure.
To ensure that your application fulfills all the requirements, please read all the information below carefully before you apply.
The main criteria used in evaluating incoming applicants are their documented qualifications (composition of previous course programme, grades, publications, motivation, study periods abroad, duration of study, recommendations, etc.).
Regarding grade point average: GSTS does not have a fixed requirement for a minimum level of the grade point average. However, you can use the grade point average requirements from the Industrial PhD scheme (page 3-4) as a guideline for the approximate minimum level for PhD admission.
Secondary criteria are the scientific quality of the prepared research project for the PhD degree programme and the suitability of the research environment for such a project.
Additional aspects that can be taken into consideration include previous activities outside the university, plans for mobility during the PhD study period, plans for collaboration with external partners, plans for dissemination activities, etc.
When assessing applicants with a Master’s degree, more weight is placed on the secondary criteria and additional aspects than for applicants without a Master’s degree.
It is strongly recommended that a prospective supervisor is contacted before applying.
Admission to a PhD programme of study is contingent upon financing. Financing can come from a variety of sources such as public or private research foundations, private companies, EU programmes, etc. These types of funding are often secured through the PhD supervisor. Some international PhD students receive financing from their home country, and some PhD students are employed in private companies, most often as part of the Industrial PhD programme.
If a student is admitted, it is the responsibility of Aarhus University to ensure that a complete financing plan is in place for the PhD student in connection with admission. The plan covers all expenses for the PhD programme: Scholarship/fellowship, tuition fee, running costs, incl. expenses for mobility plans, etc.
All accepted PhD students must pay tuition. In most cases, tuition is covered by the PhD financing plan. However, if the PhD student is self-financed, for example via international grants or private funding, the PhD student must secure the tuition fee him- or herself.
Please note that you must have all relevant appendices, attachments, addresses for referees, etc. ready when you apply, as the entire application must be uploaded in one go. A partially completed application cannot be saved and completed later.
If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF document and upload this. GSTS reserves the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and similar. You may consider indicating a URL where the information is available.
All information in the application must be in English or Danish, preferably English. Please note that GSTS reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts. This means that GSTS can request additional information to verify an application, and reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable grounds to believe, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, irrespective of whether an offer has already been made.
You will be asked to enter information regarding:
Attachments must be pdf-files, max. 20 MB, no zip.
As a minimum, all applications must include curriculum vitae, transcripts and diploma(s), grade point averages (weighted and unweighted), project description, one reference and motivation.
A certified English translation is required for documents written in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish).
The language skills below are applicable for applications received as on 1 June 2022 and henceforward:
Excellent communication skills in English are considered essential, and the applicant must be able to read, write, and speak academic English fluently. English language requirement is comparable to a minimum of TOEFL 83 or IELTS 6.5 (which is comparable to a an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).
The PhD administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time during the recruitment process if this is considered necessary.
After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID you should use for reference, if needed.
Please note: The programme committee may request further information or invite you to attend an interview.
NB: The online application has to be filled out in one session. It cannot be saved and completed on a later date. However, it will stay open for filling out for as long as the browser window is open.
The GSTS does not charge an application fee.
All incoming applications are considered by the GSTS admissions committee, which draws on the recommendations supplied by the programme committees at the Faculty of Technical Sciences. The head of the graduate school admits new PhD students based on the recommendations of the admissions committee.
Click this link for more information of the Members of the admissions committee at Faculty of Technical Sciences.
After all applications have been evaluated, you will receive an e-mail from the GSTS with either an offer of admission or a rejection. If you approve the admission offered, you will be contacted by the GSTS in regards to the actual start date, study and residence permit if needed (international students), etc.
If you have a Danish CPR number, documents relating to your admission to the GSTS will be delivered to your e-Boks. You are required to be able to receive digital mail from public agencies, and are responsible for checking your e-Boks. If you do not have a Danish CPR number, you will receive these documents by e-mail.
On admission, the head of PhD school appoints the supervisor(s) for each PhD student based on the recommendations of the programme committee:
One main supervisor, who is a permanent member of the scientific staff at the Faculty of Technical Sciences at the level of at least Associate Professor or Senior Researcher. The main supervisor has overall responsibility for the PhD student’s project and PhD studies.
Optional co-supervisors who are employed either within or outside the university and qualified within the field in question.
Any later changes of main supervisor and/or co-supervisor(s) must be approved by the GSTS (see section 5.3 in the GSTS Rules and Regulations).
The GSTS recommends that you talk to your supervisor(s) about matching expectations.
Do I need a work and residence permit and if yes, how can I get it? What about tax registration? Where should I live? As an international student starting your PhD studies in Denmark, you may have questions like these concerning practical matters. Therefore, the GSTS has gathered info for international students to help you get on top of the practicalities.
Congratulations on your enrolment as a PhD student at the GSTS! Our "Initiating the project" page contains info, guidelines and tools on starting up your project and the formalities in this regard.