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Last updated on 2014-10-28Research > PhD Programme

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PhD Programme  

Why should you be a PhD student at the IT University?

The PhD programme at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) includes many academic disciplines: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Systems, Management and Social Sciences are represented along with Conceptual Design and Creative Practice-based Computing.

At ITU, Information Technology is a tool for managing mental constructs: these constructs are as diverse as organisation charts, artworks, mathematical logic, software, games and so on. This is illustrated by the ITU triangle, which consists of the Arts, Sciences and Business – each placed in each vertex. The edges between vertices are intended for interaction between the disciplines: with multi-disciplinarily research being encouraged and supported. The area of the triangle represents the interdisciplinary possibilities. See further here.

As A PhD student at ITU you will find yourselves in the middle of many different views of Information Technology making innovative interdisciplinary research projects. This is a unique opportunity for you as a PhD student - and future researcher - to work with IT technology from many different scientific angels.

The PhD students and the PhD programme play a central role in both the Research Strategy and the Educations Strategy of the IT University up to 2016. The PhD students are hence considered a very important contribution to the value created by the IT University. For the years to come it is the clear strategy of the IT University to enlarge the resources, the scope and the number of PhD students. 

As a PhD student at ITU, you will be assigned an advisor from one of the research groups. You can expect high quality supervision from experienced researchers working in an international environment.

How do you become a PhD student at the IT University?

The IT University of Copenhagen announces calls for PhD's on an ongoing basis. It is the ambition to have one annual open call, which will be published in spring.

Deadlines for research project PhD positions will be planned individually, and announced when relevant.

When vacant PhD positions are announced you can find them here: vacancies.
If there is no announcement for PhD's we have no vacant positions.

Qualified for a PhD position?

PhD students are enrolled and employed for either 3 or 4 years in the PhD programme.

To be qualified for assessment, you must possess the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree qualify for assessment for a 3-year PhD enrolment/employment
    (copy of diploma must be included in the application)
  • A Bachelor Degree and one year of university studies on Master level qualifies for a 4-year PhD enrolment/employment
    (copy of BA diploma and documentation of planned course activities corresponding to 60 ECTS points at Master's level must be included in the application)
  • English Language Skills Documentation. The minimum requirement for enrolment as a PhD student is English at Danish level B (gymnasium). Normally, a university-issued MSc degree provides for the necessary English skills needed to attend and to teach courses in English, as well as reading and writing academic and technical English.
    The minimum requirement is usually considered met if one of the following options for documentation can be provided:
    1) English at minimum Danish level b (gymnasium) or;
    2) A B.A. or MSc degree obtained on the basis of an English study programme in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or USA, or; 
    3) A B.A. or MSc degree obtained on the basis of an English study programme in an EU/EEA country or;
    4) One of the following English tests with a certain score, as indicated below:
    • TOEFL paper-based test result of at least 550
    • TOEFL iBT test result of at least 80
    • IELTS (academic) test result of at least 6.0
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English passed
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English passed

You can read more about recognition of foreign qualifications from web page of the Danish Agency for Higher Education

When can I apply?

When the positions are announced you can send in your application. Please read the call text, the guidelines and application template carefully. It is important that you submit all the required documents.

After deadline for submitting the applications, an assessment committee will assess all applications. You can expect an answer 3-4 months after the deadline for a call if you did sent in an application. 

If I am offered a PhD position what can I expect?

The PhD programme consists of:

  • Three- or four-year enrolment/employment
  • Independent research  
  • Writing of a PhD thesis based on the research
  • Course activities corresponding to 30 ECTS credits
  • Involvement in active research environments both at and outside the IT University
  • Communication activities, including teaching and other forms of knowledge dissemination
  • Thesis defence

The IT University receives around 100-200 applications for each round. Most often we expect 8-10 positions to be filled.

The financial set-up

There is great variety as to how our PhD students have secured their financial situation for enrolment and employed in either the three or four year PhD programme. In general, the majority of the PhD student are employed at either the IT University or in a company.

Some are funded as part of a project granted by either a danish or international funding agency, a private company, danish and/or international research institution(s). Others might have parts of their funding from a project and parts from the IT University and then again, some might have a combination of the above mentioned opportunities. How the situation will be for you, will highly depend on the PhD position you are applying for.

The IT University is associated with Graduate Schools:
DaRSIS: Danish Research School in Information Systems
FMKJ: Forskerskolen for Medier, Kommunikation og Journalistik

The PhD School is part of the CS-IT network for the PhD studies in Computer Science in Denmark - see http://talent.au.dk/phd/scienceandtechnology/programmes/computer-science/

If you have any questions regarding the PhD programme at the IT University, you are welcome to contact us at phdsupport@itu.dk

You can also read more about studying in Denmark at www.studyindenmark.dk





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