About the PhD School – University of Copenhagen

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About the PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities

The PhD School works closely with all of the departments in the Faculty of Humanities to run high-level international PhD programmes for promising junior researchers, covering a wide range of fields. We collaborate with outstanding researchers in many different research  and academic fields in Denmark and abroad, and with external stakeholders in the private and public sectors as well as in organizations.

Our enrolment criteria are designed to ensure high academic standards, and we conduct in-depth assessments of all applications.  The succesful applicants gain access to extensive resources. The PhD School provides supervision by outstanding researchers, a broad range of PhD courses with experienced lecturers from Denmark and abroad, ample opportunity for study abroad and the opportunity to work with researchers in other countries. The PhD School closely monitors each individual student’s progress and has an extremely good record in terms of completion times.

Graduates of the PhD School have a particularly high employment rate. Many of them are employed in the education sector but employment in other sectors is also widespread,  e.g. in the civil service, in archives, libraries and museums, and in the private sector, NGOs and cultural institutions. As well-trained specialists capable of solving complex problems and managing long-term projects, our PhDs are highly valued, no matter what career path they choose.

Dr. habil. Sune Auken


Associate professor Sune Auken is the head of the PhD School and responsible for the PhD programme. He is supported by the PhD Committee, which is made up of an equal number of academic staff and PhD students, and by the PhD coordinators.