PhD degree structure

Aarhus BSS Graduate School welcomes applications for PhD degree programmes under several different schemes. What scheme you can apply to depends on how far you are in your education at the expected PhD study start:

  • 3-year scheme if you have a relevant Masters degree corresponding to 120 ECTS
  • 4-year scheme if you have between 60 and 90 ECTS from a relevant Masters degree or a relevant 1 year MBA
  • 5-year scheme if you have a Bachelors degree corresponding to 180 ECTS

For further details see below: 

3-year scheme

Applicants for the 3-year scheme must hold a relevant Master’s Degree (120 ECTS) based on a relevant qualifying Bachelor’s Degree (180 ECTS) or corresponding degrees. Applicants must hence provide documentation demonstrating fundamental and broad knowledge of research theory and methods within the field in question. Thorough knowledge of research theory and methods of direct relevance to the PhD project is not sufficient.  

4-year scheme

Applicants for the 4-year scheme must have commenced a relevant Master’s degree (60 ECTS) based on a relevant qualifying Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS) before applying and, during the PhD degree programme, pursue completion of a Master’s Degree (60 ECTS further) at the School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University. Admission requirements to the 4-year scheme therefore reflect the admission requirements to the individual Master’s programme, and applicants must – at the time of the actual enrolment – provide documentation demonstrating an educational background corresponding to the Bachelor’s programme and Master’s studies which must form part of, or be eligible for credit transfer into, one of the Master’s programmes offered in the relevant academic area.

5-year scheme

Applicants for the 5-year scheme complete a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) during the course of their PhD studies at Aarhus BSS. Admission requirements to the 5-year scheme therefore reflect the admission requirements to the individual Master’s programme, and applicants must – at the time of the actual enrolment – provide documentation demonstrating an educational background corresponding to a relevant Bachelor’s programme (180 ECTS). In addition, certain combinations of completed courses may be required, depending on the current academic regulations governing the Master’s programme in question.