PhD programmes

Enhancing research capacity in developing countries is the main objective of many research partnerships. SCIENCE considers PhD projects to be one of the best ways to do this. More than 600 PhD students are connected to SCIENCE and they represent 40 nationalities from all continents. Around 20 per cent of them work specifically with issues relating to development and even more focus on fundamental issues with a potential global impact.

Information regarding PhD rules and regulations to PhD students enrolled at SCIENCE are available in the PhD Regulations.

"Sandwich Model 
Several PhD projects are designed as sandwich programmes, where students are enrolled at SCIENCE, take part in PhD courses and are taught scientific methods in Denmark, while part of the actual research is carried out in a developing country. The scientific work is concluded in Denmark. We consider this a valuable and flexible approach to enhancing local research capacity.

Read more about PhD at SCIENCE.

Double PhD Degree
As of May 2011 it became possible for students enrolled at one of SCIENCE's collaborating partner universities to do a double PhD Programme and receive a PhD diploma from both the home university and SCIENCE. As a prerequisite the PhD programme at the collaborating home university must meet the standards of a Danish PhD programme. Furthermore the PhD candidate is expected to participate in courses, research or other PhD relevant activities at SCIENCE for a minimum period of 6 months.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Under the scope of Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions support researchers at all stages of their careers, regardless of age and nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines are eligible for funding. The MSCA also support cooperation between industry and academia and innovative training to enhance employability and career development.

AgTraIn (2011-2016)
Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AgTraIn) is a Erasmus Mundus PhD programme offered at SCIENCE. The main objective of the AgTraIn programme is to locate effective ways to achieve equitable and pro-poor economic growth and increase food security through an understanding of successful development and transformation of farming systems in the developing world. The programme deals with agricultural production chains, the natural resource base and the involved communities with a ranging scope from the technical aspect of production, over post-harvest management to market access and commercialisation. The programme has been concluded.