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After the PhD programme

As a PhD graduate you have a very particular profile that makes you able to apply your research competencies in a range of contexts. You can conduct highly specialised research, but also fulfil more general functions that require the ability to maintain an overview and handle complex problems in a practical setting.

The Faculty of Humanities collates employment statistics for its PhD graduates. The most recent data, from 2009–14, shows that employment rates for the PhD School’s graduates are very high. During the period: 

  • 91% were employed in the public sector
  • 9% were employed in the private sector.

The PhDs are employed in many sectors across the labour market, the majority is in the education sector but employment in other sectors is also commonplace. Our PhDs found jobs in the public administration, in archives, libraries and museums, and in business, culture, information and communications.

In general, PhD graduates receive higher salaries than master’s graduates, and find jobs that better reflect their qualifications.

75% of PhD graduates find jobs within four weeks of graduating. The unemployment rate for PhD graduates from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen is just 4.1 %. 

See the employment analyses and the PhD graduate survey 2008–2013 (pdf) - both in Danish.

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.