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General Master’s degree programmes

The Master’s degree is awarded after two years of graduate study (120 ECTS) following a relevant Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS).

Master’s programmes qualify students the labour market or for or for continuing their academic careers at the doctoral level. Independent research activities are an important aspect of the Master’s programmes.

The Master's thesis is a major requirement which normally requires six months (in some cases 12 months) of full-time study. Graduates are awarded the title Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc).

Elite Master’s degree programmes

Aarhus University offers two Elite Master’s degree programmes to further strengthen talent development. These two elite programmes target the most qualified and ambitious students, and candidates must demonstrate outstanding potential to gain admission. Both programmes have a strong international focus and offer advanced-level research training at the equivalent of doctoral level. Many elite students are recruited internationally.

  • International Master of Science in Quantitative Economics: This two-year Master’s degree programme offered by the Aarhus University School of Economics and Management. The programme requires strong analytical skills in quantitative methods.
  • Elite Graduate Programme in Cognitive Semiotics: This two-year Master’s degree programme offered by the Aarhus University Center for Semiotics. The programme has a particular focus on human meaning-making skills as dealt with in cognitive science and psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics.

Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree programmes

The Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree programmes are a part of the European Commission's educational initiatives to promote cooperation and mobility in the field of higher education. The Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree programme is a two year full-time (120 ECTS) degree programme which is offered by Aarhus University in collaboration with partner universities in both Europe and third countries.

The Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree programme offers you the possibility to complete parts of your studies at Aarhus University as well as at least one other university abroad. The degree awarded at the end of the programme can be a double degree, a joint degree or a multiple degree depending on your mobility track.

Double Degree MSc programme

Together with three partner universities, Aarhus University have developed the double degree programme

The programme offers an education related to alle aspects of the organic sector plus the possibility to specialise in the distinct profiles offered by the partner universities.

Students completing the Master's programme in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems at two of the partner universities will be awarded a full Master's degree from both universities. Students can also choose the single degree track option and complete the whole Master's programme at one university.

China-based Master's programme at the Sino Danish Centre (SDC)

The SDC Master’s degree programme in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging is developed by active researchers from both Denmark and China – uniting the most recent research, modern technology, and problem-oriented learning methods.

PhD programme

It is possible for particularly qualified students to begin a PhD programme even before they finish their Master's degree.

PhD programme

An ambitious university

Aarhus University is a pioneer at developing flexible PhD frameworks. The allow young researchers to embark on a researcher career once they are ready to do so. Traditional European PhD programmes after Master's level are combined with attractive five-and-four-year PhD programmes that can be accessed either one year into the Master's programme (the 4+4 model) or immediately after the Bachelor's degree (the 3+5 model).

These flexible frameworks and the fact that all programmes are taught in English have significantly boosted PhD student numbers at Aarhus University and have enabled the university to recruit top talents both in Denmark and beyond. Nearly 2,000 PhD students are currently enrolled at Aarhus University. Of these, about 25 per cent are international students.

Focused talent development

For a number of years, talent development has been one of the four core activities of Aarhus University alongside education, research and knowledge exchange.

To attract and retain the most talented young researchers, Aarhus University offers the best possible conditions for research, collaboration with leading researchers in related fields, and attractive working conditions.

International research environment

At Aarhus University, you will benefit from our participation in strong international networks and research collaboration. We are committed to providing young researchers with global competences through mobility and collaboration with international colleagues.

Attractive working conditions

At most universities, PhD students are considered the oldest students. At Aarhus University, PhD students are the youngest members of staff. Young researchers enjoy highly attractive conditions. They participate in department meetings, earn a salary and a pension, and enjoy parental leave benefits.

As a young researcher at Aarhus University, you will experience state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories, a research-based approach to all activities, a dynamic study environment and a strong tradition of multidisciplinary research - for instance in one of our 28 major research centres.

Our PhD students testify that they especially value the high quality of research, the friendly atmosphere and the attractive working conditions at Aarhus University.

More information on PhD studies

See more at talent.au.dk/phd